College of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Courses

  • Course Information

    All course information comes from Seattle University's Graduate Catalog. Syllabi information is for reference only and may not be current.

    NURS 6002 Vulnerability, Culture and Nursing

    2 credit hours

    Theory course related to vulnerability, culture, and the discipline of nursing. Identification of vulnerable populations and analysis of the multiple factors contributing to vulnerability and health issues. Exploration of health and illness worldviews, diverse cultural identities, and nursing care to decrease vulnerability and provide culturally sensitive care.

    Sample Syllabus - Fall 2012

    NURS 6010 Ethical Considerations and Health Policy in Nursing Practice

    4 credit hours

    Examination of ethical issues that influence advanced nursing practice. Examination of the ethical, socioeconomic, political, legal, and power considerations in the development of state and national health policy. Critical analysis of health policy, with a goal of developing leadership skills to influence policy at the local, state and federal levels by educating policy makers. Focus is on professional values, advocacy, cultural diversity issues, and ethical decision-making in clinical practice, as well as discussion and evaluation of the health care policy process.

    Sample Syllabus - Fall 2012

    NURS 6011 Nursing Informatics

    3 credit hours

    An introductory graduate-level course that examines terminology and tools of the nursing informatics field for application to clinical practice, administration, education, community, and research.

    Sample Syllabus - Fall 2012

    NURS 6014 Critical Inquiry I

    3 credit hours

    Examination of the research process with applicability to advanced practice nursing. Particular attention is given to critical research analysis and ethical aspects of scholarly inquiry. Prerequisite: undergraduate statistics course.

    Sample Syllabus - Fall 2012

    NURS 6015 Critical Inquiry II

    4 credit hours

    Provides the theoretical basis of advanced research design, research methods, as well as an introduction to evaluation research, as applied to advanced practice nursing. This course supports the development of the research design, methods of analysis, and abstract for the capstone project proposal. Prerequisites: NURS 514.

    NURS 6017 Health Care System Economic and Financial Analysis

    3 credit hours

    This course will analyze, from an economics perspective, the diverse factors which influence the production and distribution of health services. Methods of financing health care, including economic policy and health care regulation, and their impact on the industry and society will be explored. Macro and micro financial analysis techniques, including budgeting and cost evaluation, will be introduced. Major topics to be covered also include: health care system as a market; health care production functions; supply and demand for health care services; health and social insurance; resource allocation; competition and regulation; and the financial management of resources. Pre-requisite: NURS 516.

    NURS 6018 Health Program Planning and Development

    3 credit hours

    In this course we will critically examine and discuss models and processes to systematically plan and evaluate health interventions. Students will develop skills in needs assessment for a specific population, program planning and design, while laying the foundation for an effective evaluation. Emphasis on the formulation of health services and programs while considering stakeholders and other partners as well as current policy issues that may shape the design will be integrated throughout the course. The course will also explore concepts of empowerment, collaboration and partnership building as strategies to facilitate program and organizational goals. Students will gain experience in program proposal writing.

    NURS 6120 Populations-Based Health Care

    4 credit hours

    This course focuses on the context of primary care for populations with identified risk factors, vulnerabilities, and health disparities. Principles of epidemiology are applied in assessing the health needs and outcomes of communities and populations. Students will assess multiple dimensions of inter-professional interventions that address community-based health promotion, evidence-based care, and evaluation. Prerequisites: NURS 502 and NURS 520. Registration restricted to DNP students.

    NURS 6130 Philosophy of Science in Nursing

    3 credit hours

    This course explores and critically analyzes concepts, topics, and issues of importance related to the history of philosophy, the history of science, and the philosophy of science as context for the study of the philosophy of nursing science. The course addresses philosophical tenets, origin, and history-of-thought that underlies key theoretical concepts in nursing science and the proposed domains of nursing (person environment, health, and nursing). Questions related to methods of inquiry and scientific reasoning will be addressed. The process of analysis will be emphasized and a focus on clinical practice situations in nursing will be maintained. Finally, contemporary schools of thought (modern and post-modern) will be analyzed with an emphasis upon their philosophical and historical roots in relation to nursing scholarship and nursing science. Prerequisites: Doctoral Nursing student or instructor permission.

    NURS 6160 Leadership in Health Care Systems

    3 credit hours

    This course applies a systems perspective to the analysis of healthcare organizations and the development of effective leadership at multiple levels. Students participate in self-evaluative processes that examine their leadership potential and apply principles and processes of leadership development to self and the mentoring of others. Management theories and models are examined and applied to healthcare organizations. Processes for evaluating an organization’s responsiveness to emerging social trends and external forces are explored, including processes of environmental scanning, SWOT analysis, and strategic planning. Change theory is applied to leading change within a team and organization.

    NURS 6190 Quality Improvement Processes and Methodologies

    3 credit hours

    This course introduces quality and process improvement methodologies and their application across a range of health care operations. It addresses the evaluation, change, and measurement of processes and associated patient outcomes in an environment that must also consider many external forces such as health care policy, regulatory agencies and consumers. Leading change across complex organizations to improve systems and remain competitive in a constantly changing industry is a core theme.

    NURS 6701 Capstone Seminar and Internship I

    2 credit hours

    This is the introductory doctoral seminar, with a concurrent internship, discussing issues relative to the refinement and the beginning implementation of the doctoral scholarly project with faculty and peer critique in a supportive, collaborative learning environment. The seminar provides an opportunity for problem solving, fine tuning of the IRB application and the development of public speaking and presentation skills through the oral presentation of capstone project proposals to committee members faculty and students within the College of Nursing. Pre-Req: NURS 6015.

    NURS 6702 DNP Capstone Seminar and Internship II

    2-4 credit hours

    DNP Capstone Seminar and Internship II serves as a forum for discussion and critique of the implementation phase of the doctoral scholarly project within the concurrent DNP internship. Seminar discussion includes problem solving and solution sharing in a supportive, collaborative environment. Students inform and update seminar colleagues in health care regulations, issues in scientific inquiry, and current federal guidelines as they apply to the capstone project. Pre-Req: NURS 6701.

    NURS 6703 DNP Capstone Seminar and Internship III

    2-4 credit hours

    The DNP Capstone Seminar & Internship III serves as a forum for the completion, final presentation, and evaluation of the doctoral capstone project. Students prepare for entry into a doctoral level of practice within their advanced nursing practice area and identify plans for continuing their personal and professional growth and development as individuals, members of a profession, and members of society. The seminar provides opportunities for developing public speaking skills through public presentation to faculty, peers, and the university community. Pre-Req: NURS 6702.