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					REGIS UNIVERSITY BULLETIN                                                                                                            2009 - 2010


NR 476H. HONORS NURSING CARE OF THE ADULT AND                                  standing. Successful completion of all prior clinical nursing courses
OLDER ADULT II (6). Presents the roles of the nurse in relation                and permission of the Department of Traditional Nursing Director
to the assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of human             required. NOTE: Traditional Nursing Program honors students only.
responses to alteration in health. Focuses on pathophysiology,
                                                                               NR 485R. ADVANCED PRACTICUM AND CAPSTONE (3). Fosters
appropriate medical management, and the application of the nursing
                                                                               integration of leadership and management principles into practice
process in the provision of care for adult and older adult clients
                                                                               through completion of 45 hours of practicum with a nurse leader.
within the context for their families and environments. Organized
                                                                               Service learning focuses on leadership and social justice. Students
around functional health patterns and evidence-based practice
                                                                               examine achievement of program outcomes. Prerequisite(s): NR
models. Students complete an honors project related to nursing
                                                                               480R RN-BSN Completion students; NR 622 RN to MS Nursing
care of adults and/or older adults. Prerequisite(s): NR 438 and
                                                                               Program students.
permission of the Department of Traditional Nursing Director
required. NOTE: Traditional Nursing Program honors students only.              NR 488E-W. TOPICS IN CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE (1-
                                                                               8). Clinical elective courses focusing on specific areas of nursing
NR 477. PROFESSIONAL NURSING ROLE DEVELOPMENT II (3).
                                                                               practice. Content varies according to student need and availability
Focuses on service learning, professional role development, nursing
                                                                               of faculty resources. Prerequisite(s): Majors only. Permission of
roles and responsibilities and involvement in nursing organizations.
                                                                               appropriate department director required.
Expands on the theories and concepts introduced in NR 407 or
408/409 including Jesuit mission, values, reflection, and service              NR 490E-W. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (1-6). Topics by
learning. Service learning activity included. Prerequisite(s): NR 407          arrangement with individual faculty. Prerequisite(s): Nursing majors
or 408-9. NOTE: Majors only.                                                   only. Permission of appropriate department director required.
NR 478. COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM (3).                                NR 495. CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE (3). Explores
Fosters integration of community health theory into clinical practice          the components of cultural competence in health care. Issues
while students complete 45 hours of practicum in community                     related to cultural diversity in health and illness are discussed and
settings. Examines emergency preparedness, community and                       analyzed. Upper division undergraduate or graduate credit may be
family assessment, health promotion, and program evaluation.                   awarded based on course assignments, evaluation methods and
Prerequisite(s): NR 466R. NOTE: RN-BSN Completion and RN to                    faculty approval. The graduate component extends foundational
MS Nursing Program students only                                               knowledge through additional readings, case analysis and/or applied
                                                                               project work. Prerequisite(s): Majors only. Senior standing or
NR 480R. THE NURSE LEADER-MANAGER (3). Expands knowledge
                                                                               equivalent. Cross listing: NR 695.
of leadership and management principles applied to health care, the
changing health care system, health outcomes, professional issues,
political action, and career development. Explores ethical, legal, and
policy issues related to nursing practice. Prerequisite(s): NR 444 and                                          ***
NR 460R. NOTE: RN-BSN Completion Program students only.
NR 481. INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH (1). Examines
strategies for students to become engaged leaders in the health
professions within the current global reality as it relates to the             MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN
evolving global health environment, major global health players,
                                                                               NURSING
and activist discourse. Core concepts of international service,
poverty and global injustice, structural violence, determinants of
health, culture, and foreign aid will be applied in demystifying the
myriad complexities of global health realities. Discussions will               GRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM
include critical theory and analysis of current options for find               DESCRIPTIONS
meaningful solutions from the grassroots level up.                             The Master of Science degree in Nursing prepares graduates for a
                                                                               role in Leadership in Health Care Systems as a manager or educator,
NR 485. SENIOR NURSING PRACTICUM (4). Utilizes clinical
                                                                               or as a Family Nurse Practitioner, or a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
experience to provide senior nursing students with the opportunity
                                                                               The RN to MS Nursing Program offers RNs both a Bachelor of
to integrate the professional roles of care provider and care
                                                                               Science in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing with
manager/coordinator within a variety of health care settings.
                                                                               a specialization in Leadership in Health Care Systems in a single
Provides avenues for discussion and opportunity to synthesize
                                                                               program. The curriculum for the various specializations consist of
theory, research, and practice. Prerequisite(s): Majors only. Senior
                                                                               three major areas: the Core, the specialization, and the supporting
standing or equivalent.
                                                                               coursework. All students in the Master of Science degree in Nursing
NR 485H. HONORS SENIOR NURSING PRACTICUM (4).                                  program take the Core courses. The Core incorporates the major
Utilizes clinical experience to provide senior nursing students                focus of the degree including theoretical frameworks, ethics, health
with the opportunity to integrate the professional roles of care               care policy, and research in nursing. Service learning is an essential
provider and care manager/coordinator within a variety of health               part of the Core learning experience and is threaded throughout
care settings. Provides avenues for discussion and opportunity to              coursework in each of the program specializations. The Core
synthesize theory, research, and practice. Students complete an                courses promote principles of ethics and social justice which are
honors project related to nursing clinical practice. Prerequisite(s):          designed to help develop leaders in service to others.
NR 401 or permission of the director required. Majors only. Senior



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LEaDERShIP IN hEaLTh caRE SYSTEMS SPEcIaLIzaTIoN                                 to maximize the use of clinical facilities and preceptors. Students
In the Leadership in Health Care Systems specialization, students                are eligible to take the National Certification Corporation (NCC)
may choose a focus in management or a focus in education. The                    Certification Examination upon graduation.
Leadership in Health Care Systems specialization is offered in a one
evening per week intensive format and is also offered online.                    SPEcIaL EDUcaTIoNaL oPTIoNS foR GRaDUaTE STUDIES
 Registered nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing may be                    IN NURSING
eligible for the RN to MS Nursing Program for the Leadership in                  Building on the well-established Master of Science degree in Nursing
Health Care Systems specialization.                                              program, the LHSON has expanded its offerings to enable nurses
                                                                                 with specialized needs to meet their educational goals. These
Management Focus                                                                 offerings include the following:
The Management Focus prepares students for leadership roles in
                                                                                 •	   Graduate Academic Certificate: Health Care Education is a
management in a variety of health care settings. Courses focus on
                                                                                      certificate program for registered nurses who have a master’s
leadership development, administrative skills, health care policy,
                                                                                      degree in nursing and seek knowledge and skills for teaching in
economics, budgeting, and ethical and social issues impacting nursing
                                                                                      educational and health care settings. Students enrolled in the
and health care. A practicum is required where students work
                                                                                      Master of Science degree in Nursing: Leadership in Health Care
directly with a nursing manager as they apply theory to practice.
                                                                                      Systems education focus will also earn the certificate. Students
                                                                                      enrolled in the Master of Science degree in Nursing: Leadership
Education Focus
                                                                                      in Health Care Systems management focus may elect to take
The Education Focus prepares students for leadership roles in
                                                                                      the additional course work needed to complete this certificate.
health care education. Courses focus on leadership development,
teaching and learning strategies, curriculum development, and                    •	   Post-Master’s Certificate: Family or Neonatal Nurse
evaluation methods. A practicum is required where students work                       Practitioner Specialization for Master’s Prepared Nurses is a
directly with a health care educator and apply theory to practice.                    certificate program for nurses who have an MS in nursing and
                                                                                      want to become family or neonatal nurse practitioners.
faMILY NURSE PRacTITIoNER (fNP) SPEcIaLIzaTIoN                                   •	   Master of Science Degree in Nursing Articulation Option for
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization prepares                           Certified Nurse Practitioners is a degree program for nurse
nurses to deliver primary health care to families. The curriculum                     practitioners without a nursing Master of Science degree who
focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and management                       are not Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) or Neonatal Nurse
of acute and chronic illness and injury. The curriculum is designed                   Practitioners (NNPs) and wish to earn a Master of Science
to develop critical thinking ability, creativity, and clinical expertise              degree in nursing with an FNP or NNP specialization.
in competencies identified by the National Organization of Nurse
Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and National Task Force (NTF),                    •	   Master of Science Degree Nursing Completion Option for
American Nurses Association (ANA), and Commission of Collegiate                       Certified Nurse Practitioners is a degree program for nurse
Nursing Education (CCNE) documents. Clinical experiences are                          practitioners who want to complete a MS in Nursing but who
offered in a variety of health care settings in both urban and rural                  do not want to complete an additional clinical specialty.
communities. The FNP specialization courses are offered in an
every-other-weekend intensive format. Students also complete
over 600 hours of preceptored clinical experience arranged by the                GRADUATE NURSING ADMISSION
student in collaboration with the faculty. Students are eligible to take         All applications for admission to a graduate degree or certificate
both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification                    nursing program require a completed application form and may
Examination and the American Nurses Credentialing Center                         include a non-refundable application fee.
(ANCC) Examination upon graduation.

NEoNaTaL NURSE PRacTITIoNER (NNP) SPEcIaLIzaTIoN                                 MaSTER of ScIENcE DEGREE IN NURSING: LEaDERShIP IN
The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) specialization prepares                    hEaLTh caRE SYSTEMS, faMILY NURSE PRacTITIoNER, aND
students to manage the health care needs of high risk newborns
and infants. The curriculum focuses on assessment, management, and               NEoNaTaL NURSE PRacTITIoNER SPEcIaLIzaTIoNS
evaluation of the health care needs of neonates and infants working              Admission to the Master of Science degree in Nursing program
within the dynamics of the family environment and in collaboration               is based on individual evaluation in accordance with the following
with neonatologists and other health care providers. The                         minimum admission requirements:
curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking ability, creativity,         1.   A nursing baccalaureate degree from a NLNAC or AACN-
cost awareness, case management skill, and clinical expertise in                      CCNE accredited program.
competencies identified by the National Association of Neonatal
Nurses (NANN), the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner                   2.   A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of
Faculties (NONPF), and National Task Force (NTF), American                            2.750 on a 4.000 scale.
Nurses Association (ANA), and Commission on Collegiate Nursing                   3.   A grade of “C” or better in all undergraduate nursing courses.
Education (CCNE) documents. Clinical experiences are offered in a                     A grade of “C-” is not acceptable.
variety of level III (high risk) neonatal intensive care units. The NNP
specialization is offered in a one to two day a week intensive format            4.   Three recommendations from professional persons




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     knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic, professional and                 Nursing (or equivalent) from a NLNAC or AACN-CCNE
     leadership potential.                                                          accredited school with a minimum cumulative grade point
                                                                                    average of a 3.000.
5.   Evidence of eligibility for Colorado Registered Nurse Licensure
     for classroom-based students; Colorado Licensure must be                  2.   Evidence of a minimum two years work experience in nursing.
     obtained prior to the first clinical/practicum course. For online
                                                                               3.   Three letters of recommendation.
     students, evidence of current Registered Nurse Licensure in
     the state in which the student will complete the practicum.               4.   An essay describing professional goals.
6.   A grade of “C” or better in an introductory course in statistics
     that includes inferential as well as descriptive statistics. This
     course may be taken after admission, but must be taken before
                                                                               MaSTER of ScIENcE DEGREE IN NURSING aRTIcULaTIoN
     NR 602--Research in Nursing.                                              oPTIoN foR cERTIfIED NURSE PRacTITIoNERS
7.   Submission of a one page essay describing how graduate                    Admission to the Master of Science Degree in Nursing for Certified
     education will impact the applicant’s practice.                           Nurse Practitioners Articulation is based on individual evaluation in
                                                                               accordance with the following minimum admission requirements:
8.   Two years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse is
     preferred for all applicants.                                             1.   The ability to meet current Master of Science degree in nursing
                                                                                    admission requirements.
9.   Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.
                                                                               2.   National certification in a nurse practitioner specialty other
10. NNP applicants must show evidence of two years experience                       than as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Neonatal Nurse
    in a level III high risk neonatal intensive care unit and current               Practitioner.
    Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) recognition.
                                                                               3.   Recent clinical experience in the nurse practitioner specialty.
                                                                               A credit evaluation interview will be conducted to determine
GRaDUaTE acaDEMIc cERTIfIcaTE IN hEaLTh caRE                                   courses needed to complete Master of Science degree in nursing.
                                                                               This plan of study is determined on an individual basis.
EDUcaTIoN
Admission to the Graduate Academic Certificate in Health Care
Education is based on individual evaluation in accordance with the
following minimum admission requirements:
                                                                               MaSTER of ScIENcE DEGREE IN NURSING coMPLETIoN
                                                                               oPTIoN foR cERTIfIED NURSE PRacTITIoNERS
The ability to meet current MS degree in nursing admission                     Admission to the Master of Science Degree in Completion Option
requirements for the Leadership in Health Care Systems                         for Certified Nurse Practitioners is based on individual evaluation in
specialization is required for the Graduate Academic Certificate in            accordance with the following minimum admission requirements:
Health Care Education.
                                                                               1.   Ability to meet current MS degree in Nursing admission
Registered Nurses with a previous Master’s degree in Nursing must                   requirements.
submit:
                                                                               2.   National certification in a nurse practitioner specialty.
1.   Official transcripts reflecting a nursing baccalaureate degree
     awarded from a nationally accredited program.                             3.   Recent clinical experience in the nurse practitioner specialty.

2.   Official transcripts reflecting a master’s degree in nursing with
     a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000.
                                                                               GRADUATE NURSING: ADMISSION
3.   Evidence of current Registered Nurse Licensure in the state in
                                                                               REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO CLINICAL/
     which the student will complete the practicum.
                                                                               PRACTICUM AGENCY REGULATIONS
4.   Three letters of recommendation.
                                                                               Clinical agencies have specific requirements for both criminal
5.   Essay describing professional goals.                                      background checks and drug screening. To ensure that LHSON
                                                                               students have access to essential clinical/practicum experience
                                                                               needed to complete their program:
PoST-MaSTER’S cERTIfIcaTE: faMILY NURSE PRacTITIoNER                           All Master of Science Degree in Nursing Program students must
oR NEoNaTaL NURSE PRacTITIoNER SPEcIaLIzaTIoN.                                 provide documentation of a criminal background check from
Admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate (Family Nurse                       the firm with which Regis University has contracted. Although
Practitioner or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialization) is based           applicants may have already completed background checks, Regis
on individual evaluation in accordance with the following minimum              University cannot use these results for this purpose unless they are
admission requirements:                                                        currently employed at a health care agency requiring compliance
                                                                               with acceptable procedures. In this case, the requirement may
1.   A transcript demonstrating an earned Master’s degree in                   be deferred to the employing agency. Should there be no such
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criminal background check for Regis University prior to                             all admission criteria, may be admitted on a probationary basis.
participation in clinical/practicum course.                                         Under the probationary status, students must attain a grade of “B”
                                                                                    or better in the first nine semester hours of graduate course work.
Master of Science Degree in Nursing Program students may be
                                                                                    (A grade of “B-” is not acceptable.) Successful completion of the
required provide documentation of an acceptable drug screening
                                                                                    first nine semester hours of course work with a 3.000 cumulative
from the firm which Regis University has contracted. Although
                                                                                    grade point average removes the probationary status and entitles
applicants may have already completed drug screening, Regis
                                                                                    students to good academic standing.
University cannot use these results for this purpose unless they are
currently employed at a health care agency requiring compliance
with acceptable procedures. In this case, the requirement may                       Conditional Admission
be deferred to the employing agency. Should there be no such                        Conditional Admission may be granted to students who are
employment, students would be required to document an                               awaiting receipt of admission materials. Conditional Admission
acceptable drug screening for Regis University prior to participation               allows students to register for nine semester hours while awaiting
in clinical/practicum course. Documentation of an acceptable drug                   documentation before being officially admitted. Students who have
screening may be required at any time throughout the program at                     been conditionally admitted must be in good academic standing
the discretion of the LHSON.                                                        before being officially admitted into the program.
A complete health assessment and physical examination record
indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives
                                                                                    Non-Degree Seeking Special Students
of the Master of Science degree, Graduate Academic, Post-Master’s,
Masters Articulation, or Masters Completion Certificate program in                  Non-degree seeking students may take a maximum of nine semester
Nursing, and is appropriately immunized is required upon admission                  hours. Courses can be taken either on a Pass/No Pass or graded
to the program. Students who have been accepted into the program                    basis. Additional semester hours may be taken with the approval of
must have received the first two of three injections that provide                   the appropriate department chair.
immunization against Hepatitis B prior to clinical activities. The third            Students seeking admission as a non-degree seeking/special student
injection must be received at the appropriate time thereafter.                      must:
Graduate Nursing: Essential Functions                                               1.   Submit a completed non-degree seeking/special student
The Leadership in Health Care Systems specialization is designed                         application
to prepare registered nurses for advanced practice roles in
management and education. The practitioner specializations in                       2.   Submit proof of Professional Licensure (for post-licensure
the Master of Science degree in Nursing program are designed to                          programs)
prepare registered nurses for advanced practice roles as Family                     Non-degree seeking students who wish to matriculate into a degree
Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) or as Neonatal Nurse Practitioners                       seeking program must apply and meet all admission requirements
(NNPs). The LHSON has identified the observational, cognitive,                      for that degree. Courses taken by non-degree seeking students will
affective, and psychomotor skills it deems essential to complete                    apply to degree requirements if the courses are appropriate for the
each of these programs. If a student cannot demonstrate the                         selected degree and taken on a graded basis.
essential functions, skills, and abilities, it is the responsibility of the
student to request through the University’s Office of Disability                    Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid or
Services appropriate accommodations. If a student fails to disclose                 veteran’s benefits.
fully the inability to demonstrate any functions, skills, and abilities
                                                                                    NOTE: All documents submitted during the application process
during the application process, accommodation cannot be assured.
                                                                                    become the property of Regis University.
The University will provide reasonable accommodations as long as
they do not impose an undue hardship.
                                                                                    Denial of Admission
Graduate Nursing: Computer Literacy and Access                                      Regis University reserves the right to deny admission, continued
Graduate students in LHSON are required to have an understanding                    enrollment, or re-enrollment to any applicant or student who
of computers. Students are assigned a RegisNET e-mail account                       would pose an unreasonable risk of harm to self or others, or
in their first semester of enrollment in the program. Students                      any unreasonable risk of disruption to the academic or clinical
are expected to be literate in using e-mail, Internet, and database                 processes of the LHSON, the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health
services. Nurse Practitioner students are expected to have a                        Professions, or Regis University.
personal digital assistant (PDA) or equivalent handheld device with
sufficient memory to support clinical practice. All students in online
graduate studies in nursing must have ready access to a computer                    GRaDUaTE NURSING PRoGRaM
system compliant with the RHCHP systems requirements and                            PRoGRESSIoN aND GRaDE REQUIREMENTS
configuration for Regis University’s learning management system.                    (INcLUDING BoTh SEGMENTS of ThE RN To
Online students should consult the Regis University website for
further information at www.regis.edu.
aDDITIoNaL aDMISSIoN REQUIREMENTS
Admission on Probation
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MS NURSING PRoGRaM)                                                           credits per semester) by changing course sequence must present
                                                                              a formal written request for overload to the department director
Candidacy for the Master of Science degree in Nursing at Regis                or designee prior to registration. Ordinarily, only students with a
University requires successful completion of course requirements              minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000 and no grades
and a final comprehensive evaluation. The Leadership in Health                of Incomplete are eligible to apply for overload. For those students
Care Systems, Family Nurse Practitioner, and the Neonatal Nurse               who choose the thesis option, the first three semester hours of
Practitioner specializations each have their own specific course              the Master’s Thesis (NR 697A) are not considered overload and
requirements.                                                                 therefore no request is required.
All programs for the Master of Science degree in Nursing have a five
year time limit for completion of all degree requirements except              Graduate Nursing Student Advising
the RN to MS Nursing Program which has a six year time limit. This            Students are assigned an academic advisor upon admission who
time limit is computed from the time of matriculation. If students            assists them with planning their program of study. Students
wish to complete the degree after the time limit, readmission to the          and advisors discuss the terms of the program requirements at
program may be required.                                                      appropriate intervals throughout the program. Advisors counsel
Grades of “A” or “B” represent superior or satisfactory progress              students on meeting the requirements for the graduate program;
toward the Master of Science degree in Nursing. The grade of                  however, it is the student’s responsibility to schedule advising
“C” is a passing grade in the MS program and counts toward                    appointments and to complete all degree requirements.
graduation. It is understood to mean less-than-satisfactory
achievement. A candidate is required to maintain a minimum 3.000              Thesis Option
(B) cumulative grade point average, but no grades may be lower                For students who elect to complete the Thesis Option, a list of
than “C”, regardless of grade point average. A grade lower than “C”           faculty eligible to serve on a thesis committee and their research
is not counted toward graduation, but is included in the student’s            will be made available. Students should identify themselves to the
cumulative grade point average. A maximum of two courses with a               appropriate department director. The Thesis Option is available only
grade of “C” may count toward graduation. Graduate students who               to classroom-based students.
receive a grade of “C-” or lower for a 600-level course must repeat
the course.                                                                   Second Specialization
                                                                              A Master of Science degree in nursing graduate who wishes
                                                                              to return for a second specialization must complete another
Academic Withdrawal
                                                                              application and the required courses for the second specialization. A
Withdrawal from the Program                                                   second degree is not available in the graduate nursing program.
A student who chooses to withdraw from the program should
give written notice of this decision to the department director. In           Graduate Nursing Transfer of Credit Policy and
addition, a withdrawal form must be completed by the student and              Procedure
signed by the department director. Any student who withdraws may              Acceptance of transfer credit is determined at the discretion of the
be readmitted to the program without reapplication and review if              appropriate department director in compliance with the following:
the following conditions are met:                                             Transfer credit is considered only for courses taken at regionally
•	   The student was in good academic standing before the                     accredited colleges and universities and for course work for which
     withdrawal.                                                              a letter grade not less than a “B-” was earned. Courses older than
                                                                              three years must be reviewed by the appropriate department
•	   The student returns to the program within one calendar year              director. All requests for transfer credit should be submitted before
     of the withdrawal.                                                       beginning the first graduate course. Students wishing to transfer
If these conditions are not met, the student must reapply to the              credit into the Regis University Master of Science degree in Nursing
program and be accepted for readmission. Initial acceptance into the          program must forward a letter stating the request and provide an
program does not guarantee readmission. Also, readmission does                official school transcript of the course work. A copy of the course
not guarantee an uninterrupted sequence of course work.                       syllabus is also required.

Withdrawal from a Course                                                      MaSTER of ScIENcE DEGREE IN NURSING GRaDUaTIoN
Students may withdraw from a course with the approval of their
academic advisor and the appropriate department director.
                                                                              REQUIREMENTS
                                                                              Students graduate the semester that all requirements are met
Information regarding the last day to withdraw from a course and
                                                                              and documentation of such is received in the Rueckert-Hartman
possible tuition refund is available from Enrollment Services at 303-
                                                                              College for Health Professions Office of the Dean by the designated
458-4126 or 1-800-388-2366 x 4126.
                                                                              deadline. Incomplete grades and late application for graduation may
                                                                              delay graduation to a subsequent semester.
Course Load/Overload
                                                                              Students must meet the following criteria to be awarded the Master
Master of Science Nursing courses are sequenced for full-time study.
                                                                              of Science degree in nursing:
Courses taken out of sequence may constitute an overload. Anyone
wishing to exceed the maximum academic load (12 graduate                      1.   Satisfactory completion of required academic and clinical




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      course work.                                                            and Financial Management                                        3 SH
2.    A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000. A                    NR 621--Advanced Management Concepts                            3 SH
      maximum of two courses with a grade of “C” may count
                                                                              NR 623E--Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum: Management 3 SH
      toward graduation.
3.    Successful completion of a comprehensive evaluation.                    •	    Education Focus Requirements

4.    Recommendation for the degree by the faculty of the LHSON.              NR 623F--Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum:
                                                                              Education                                                       3 SH
For additional information on Commencement and Graduation,
refer to the General Information section of this Bulletin or at www.          NR 646--Teaching and Learning Strategies                        3 SH
regis.edu.                                                                    NR 647--Curriculum Development                                  3 SH
GRaDUaTE NURSING PRoGRaM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
                                                                              NR 648--Evaluation Methods for Health Care Education            3 SH
The Master of Science degree in Nursing requires completion of a
minimum of 39 semester hours of graduate (600-level) course work
for the Leadership in Health Care Systems specialization, a minimum           Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization
of 43 semester hours of graduate (600-level) course work for the
                                                                              Total Requirements for Master of Science Program              46 SH
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialization, and a minimum of 46
semester hours of graduate (600-level) course work for the Family             Total Requirements for Master of Science Program Thesis Option 52 SH
Nurse Practitioner specialization. Students are also required to pass
a comprehensive evaluation. Students are expected to maintain                 HCE 604--Ethics for Nurse Leaders                              3 SH
at least a 3.000 cumulative grade point average. A minimum of 30              NR 601--Theoretical Frameworks                                 3 SH
semester hours must be completed through Regis University.
                                                                              NR 602--Research in Nursing                                    3 SH
                                                                              NR 605F--Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice                 3 SH
Leadership in Health Care Systems Specialization
                                                                              NR 607F--Pharmacology for Advanced Practice                    3 SH
Total Requirements for Master of Science Program             39 SH
                                                                              NR 608--Health Care Policy                                     3 SH
Total Requirements for MS Program with Thesis Option         42 SH
                                                                              NR 630--Advanced Health Assessment of the Family               3 SH
HCE 604--Ethics for Nurse Leaders                             3 SH
                                                                              NR 640--Advanced Practice Roles and Concepts                   3 SH
NR 601--Theoretical Frameworks                                3 SH
                                                                              NR 642--Primary Health Care of Children and Their Families 5 SH
NR 602--Research in Nursing                                   3 SH
                                                                              NR 645--Clinical Integration Practicum                         5 SH
NR 608--Health Care Policy                                    3 SH
                                                                              NR 649--Acute Care Practicum                                   1 SH
NR 620--Health Care Structure and Dynamics                    3 SH
                                                                              NR 651--Professional Integration                               3 SH
NR 622--Advanced Leadership Concepts                          3 SH
                                                                              NR 663--Primary Health Care of Adults and Older Adults I       5 SH
NR 624--Issues in Practice                                    3 SH
                                                                              NR 664--Primary Health Care of Adults and Older Adults II      3 SH
NR 625--The Legal Environment                                 3 SH
                                                                              NR 697A--Master’s Thesis I*                                    3 SH
Graduate Elective (600-level)                                 3 SH
                                                                              and
NR 697A--Master’s Thesis I*                                   3 SH
                                                                              NR 697B--Master’s Thesis II*                                   3 SH
and
                                                                              NR 699--Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science            0 SH
NR 697B--Master’s Thesis II*                                  3 SH
                                                                              * Thesis is optional.
NR 699--Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science           0 SH
* Thesis is an option for classroom-based students only. Three
semester hours are in lieu of graduate elective.                              Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialization
Students select from one of the following two Leadership in Health            Total Requirements for Master of Science Program              43 SH
Care Systems focus requirements:
                                                                              Total Requirements for Master of Science Program Thesis Option 49 SH
•	    Management Focus Requirements
                                                                              HCE 604--Ethics for Nurse Leaders                              3 SH
NR 614--Foundations of Health Care Economics, Accounting
and Financial Management                                      3 SH            NR 601--Theoretical Frameworks                                 3 SH

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NR 602--Research in Nursing                                     3 SH            Graduates who complete the practitioner specialization are eligible
                                                                                to sit for the National Certification Examination in their specialty
NR 605N--Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice                  3 SH
                                                                                area.
NR 607N--Pharmacology for Advanced Practice                     3 SH
                                                                                Total Requirements for the Post-Master’s Certificate for the Family Nurse
NR 608--Health Care Policy                                      3 SH            Practitioner Specialization                                      12-34 SH
NR 640--Advanced Practice Roles and Concepts                    3 SH            NR 605F--Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice                      3 SH
NR 651--Professional Integration                                3 SH            NR 607F--Pharmacology for Advanced Practice                         3 SH
NR 652--Health Assessment for the Neonatal Nurse                                NR 630--Advanced Health Assessment of the Family                    3 SH
Practitioner                                                    3 SH
                                                                                NR 640--Advanced Practice Roles and Concepts                        3 SH
NR 653--Genetics and Embryology for the Neonatal Nurse
Practitioner                                                    3 SH            NR 642--Primary Health Care of Children and Their Families          5 SH
NR 654--Advanced Practice Procedures for the High Risk                          NR 643--Primary Health Care of Adults and Older Adults              5 SH
Infant                                                          2 SH
                                                                                NR 644--Primary Health Care of Women                                3 SH
NR 656--Management of the High Risk Newborn                     5 SH
                                                                                NR 645--Clinical Integration Practicum                              5 SH
NR 657--Clinical Integration for the Neonatal Nurse
                                                                                NR 649--Acute Care Practicum                                        1 SH
Practitioner                                                    6 SH
                                                                                NR 651--Professional Integration                                    3 SH
NR 697A--Master’s Thesis I*                                     3 SH
and
                                                                                Total Requirements for the Post-Master’s Certificate for the Neonatal Nurse
NR 697B--Master’s Thesis II*                                    3 SH            Practitioner Specialization                                      19-31 SH
NR 699--Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science             0 SH            NR 605N--Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice                      3 SH
* Thesis is optional.                                                           NR 607N--Pharmacology for Advanced Practice                         3 SH
                                                                                NR 640--Advanced Practice Roles and Concepts                        3 SH
                                                                                NR 651--Professional Integration                                    3 SH
GRaDUaTE acaDEMIc cERTIfIcaTE
                                                                                NR 652--Health Assessment for the NNP                               3 SH
Health Care Education
                                                                                NR 653--Genetics and Embryology for the Neonatal Nurse
Requirements for Graduate Academic Certificate: Health Care                     Practitioner                                                        3 SH
Education                                               12 SH
                                                                                NR 654--Advanced Practice Procedures for the High Risk Infant 2 SH
NR 646--Teaching and Learning Strategies in Health Care         3 SH
                                                                                NR 656--Management of the High Risk Newborn                         5 SH
NR 647--Curriculum Development                                  3 SH
                                                                                NR 657--Clinical Integration for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner6 SH
NR 648--Evaluation Methods for Health Care Educators            3 SH
and                                                                             Master of Science Degree in Nursing Articulation
NR 623F--Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum: Education                 Option for Certified Nurse Practitioners
Focus                                                        3 SH               The Master of Science Degree in Nursing Articulation Option allows
                                                                                nurse practitioners without a MS to pursue a Master of Science
or
                                                                                degree with a practitioner specialization.
NR 658--Health Care Education Practicum                         3 SH
                                                                                The MS Articulation is designed to provide variable academic
                                                                                credit based on previous nurse practitioner education, national
                                                                                professional certification as a nurse practitioner, and recent clinical
Post-Master’s Certificate for Family or Neonatal                                practice in a specific nurse practitioner clinical specialty.
Nurse Practitioners
The Post-Master’s Certificate Family or Neonatal Nurse Practitioners is         Total Requirements for Master of Science Degree in Nursing Articulation
designed for nurses who have a Master of Science or its equivalent              Option for Certified Nurse Practitioners                   37-48* SH
in nursing and wish to become a nurse practitioner pursuing a
specialization in a clinical area of advanced practice nursing without          HCE 604--Ethics for Nurse Leaders                                   3 SH
earning a second Master’s degree in Nursing.
                                                                                NR 601--Theoretical Frameworks                                      3 SH
                                                                                NR 602--Research in Nursing                                         3 SH




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NR 605F/N--Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice                3 SH          MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING
NR 607F/N--Pharmacology for Advanced Practice                   3 SH          COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (NR)
NR 608--Health Care Policy                                      3 SH          NR 601. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS (3). Examines the
                                                                              theoretical basis of nursing which guides advanced nursing practice.
NR 630--Advanced Health Assessment of the Family                3 SH
                                                                              Critiques and evaluates theories from nursing and related fields such
NR 640--Advanced Practice Roles and Concepts                    3 SH          as the natural, social, organizational, and biological sciences. Analyzes
                                                                              the usefulness and applicability of theory in nursing practice,
NR 651--Professional Integration                                3 SH          research, education, and administration. Regis University, Rueckert-
                                                                              Hartman College for Health Professions and the Loretto Heights
Specialization Courses                                     10-15 SH
                                                                              School of Nursing mission and goals are discussed. Service Learning
NR 699--Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science             0 SH          is introduced in this course in the campus-based MS Program.
                                                                              Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Completion of NR 622 required
* A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate (600-level) course
                                                                              for online students.
work must be completed at Regis University.
                                                                              NR 602. RESEARCH IN NURSING (3). Develops consumer
                                                                              competency and discrimination of research findings and the tools,
Master of Science Degree in Nursing Completion
                                                                              methods and processes of research. Compares quantitative and
Option for Certified Nurse Practitioners                                      qualitative designs, methods and analytical procedures. Critiques
This option is designed for certified nurse practitioners who wish to         and compares published research findings on the basis of validity,
earn a Master of Science degree without changing clinical specialty.          applicability and value. Discusses informed consent and ethical issues
                                                                              of research. Prerequisite(s): NR 601 required for classroom-based
Total Requirements for Master of Science Degree in Nursing Completion
                                                                              students.
Option for Certified Nurse Practitioners *                    30 SH
                                                                              NR 605F/605N. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED
HCE 604--Ethics for Nurse Leaders                               3 SH
                                                                              PRACTICE (3). Utilizes a comprehensive approach addressing
NR 601--Theoretical Frameworks                                  3 SH          the underlying principles of disease processes. Includes etiology,
                                                                              epidemiology and theories related to pathogenesis. Focuses on the
NR 602--Research in Nursing                                     3 SH          differentiation of pathophysiological findings and identification of
NR 605F/N--Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice                3 SH          treatment modalities. NOTE: NR 605F is designed for Family Nurse
                                                                              Practitioner (FNP) students and NR 605N is designed for Neonatal
NR 607F/N--Pharmacology for Advanced Practice                   3 SH          Nurse Practitioner (NNP) students.
NR 608--Health Care Policy                                      3 SH          NR 607F/NR 607N. PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED
NR 630--Advanced Health Assessment of the Family                3 SH          PRACTICE (3). Provides the advanced practitioner student with
                                                                              an in-depth understanding of the clinical applications of drugs
NR 640--Advanced Practice Roles and Concepts                    3 SH          commonly used. Emphasizes the principles of drug action and
                                                                              drug therapy related to advanced practice nursing roles. Discusses
NR 651--Professional Integration                                3 SH
                                                                              selected prototypical agents from the major drug classifications
Graduate Elective (600-level)                                   3 SH          as indications for use, efficacy, therapeutic and adverse effects,
                                                                              monitoring parameters, dosing principles and common drug
NR 699--Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science             0 SH
                                                                              interactions. NOTE: NR 607F is designed for Family Nurse
* A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate (600-level) course               Practitioner (FNP) students and NR 607N is designed for Neonatal
work must be completed at Regis University.                                   Nurse Practitioner (NNP) students.
                                                                              NR 608. HEALTH CARE POLICY (3). Focuses on health care policy
                                                                              formation and evaluation. Learning activities will facilitate students’
aPPLIcaTIoN foR GRaDUaTIoN                                                    opportunities to learn about change, as a result of public policy
For additional information on Commencement and Graduation,                    and politics. Examines public health care policy emphasizing its
refer to the General Information section of this Bulletin.                    relationship and application to advanced practice nursing, leadership
                                                                              roles in management and education, and models of health care
                                                                              delivery. Topics include history, trends, and issues in health care
                                                                              systems; legal issues; legislation and regulation; funding, planning,
                                                                              delivery, and evaluation of health care services to individuals and
                                                                              populations; and accessibility, quality and outcome issues. The policy
                                                                              and business practices developed by hospitals and other private
                                                                              institutions are not included in the course objectives. Service
                                                                              Learning is further explored in this course in the campus-based MS
                                                                              Program. Prerequisite(s): Completion of NR 622 for online students.
                                                                              Admission to Graduate Program in Nursing or permission of the
                                                                              Director of the Graduate and Post-Licensure Department required.
                                                                              Cross listing: HCA 408 and HSA 608.



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NR 611. FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL TEACHING FOR                                  completion of all Leadership in Health Care Systems emphasis
NURSING FACULTY (3). Addresses knowledge, skills, and values                  courses. NOTE: NR 623E is designed for Management focus
necessary for effective clinical nursing education. Focuses on                students and NR 623F is designed for Education focus students.
higher education outcomes, clinical teaching/learning principles,
                                                                              NR 624. ISSUES IN PRACTICE (3). Analyzes issues and forces
evidence-based practice, faculty role, and principles of instruction
                                                                              that influence nursing and health care. Incorporates evaluation
and assessment in clinical, skills, and simulation environments.
                                                                              of nursing’s contribution to social, economic, technological, legal,
Foundational knowledge is extended through self-directed readings,
                                                                              political, and ethical issues as they affect change and redefine health
case analyses, and/or applied project work.
                                                                              care. Topics include fiscal accountability, population demographics
NR 614. FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS,                                 and diversity, advocacy and changing roles. Facilitates understanding
ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3). Overviews                            of the complexities of issues shaping health care. Students will
macro and microeconomics in health care. Studies accounting                   demonstrate synthesis of issues influencing local, state, national
theory in both the profit and non-profit health care organization             or international nursing and health care. Prerequisite(s): Graduate
for non-financial managers. Includes financial management and                 standing. Completion of all specialization coursework except NR
forecasting, budgeting, cost analysis/control, and case management.           623 and NR 699 required for online students.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Completion of NR 622 required
                                                                              NR 625. THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT (3). Focuses on the law and
for online students. NOTE: Requires student to have basic skills in
                                                                              the regulations pertaining to individuals and institutions that provide
use of electronic spreadsheets.
                                                                              health care and health care education. Topics include labor and
NR 615. APPLICATIONS OF HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS,                                employment law, student rights and responsibilities, patient rights,
ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3). Applies                              and professional and organizational accountability. Prerequisite(s):
accounting theory to profit and non-profit health care organizations.         Graduate standing. Completion of NR 622 required for online
Utilizes financial forecasting, budgeting and analysis, cash                  students.
management techniques, planning models, and applies concepts to
                                                                              NR 630. ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT OF THE FAMILY
management practice. Utilizes case studies. Prerequisite(s): NR 614
                                                                              (3). Presents a framework for systematic data collection, precise
or HSA 604. Majors only or permission of instructor required.
                                                                              recording, accurate physical and psychosocial assessment and
NR 620. HEALTH CARE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS (3).                               communication of data reflecting the health status of the family.
Explores and analyzes classical and contemporary organizational               Facilitates an analysis of cultural, occupational, and environmental
theories and their applicability in health care. Organizational               factors that are integral to an understanding of the family’s physical
culture, mission and governance, strategic planning, private, public          and psychosocial well being through a holistic perspective. Fee
and integrated health care systems, and environmental issues will             required.
be examined in relation to health care organizations. Health care
                                                                              NR 640. ADVANCED PRACTICE ROLES AND CONCEPTS (3).
organizations will be evaluated using an analysis of the interplay
                                                                              Addresses a variety of concepts essential to advanced practice
of structure and function based on contemporary organizational
                                                                              nursing. History and role development within advanced nursing
theories. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
                                                                              practice and primary care are examined. Family theory and dynamics
NR 621. ADVANCED MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS (3). Examines                            integral to advanced nursing practice are explored. Standards of
and analyzes managerial roles of the master’s prepared nurse in               advanced practice nursing are defined and practiced.
the context of theories, principles and processes of management
                                                                              NR 642. PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN AND THEIR
and organization of nursing services. Topics include personnel
                                                                              FAMILIES (5). Addresses well child care, and health maintenance and
issues, labor/legal issues, risk management, quality management,
                                                                              promotion for children from birth through adolescence. Develops
policy development and implementation, and managing information
                                                                              skills in assessment and management of minor acute illness, chronic
systems and resources. Service Learning is further explored in this
                                                                              illness and injuries. Prerequisite(s): NR 644 or permission of
course in the online MS Program. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
                                                                              Director the Department of Graduate and Post-Licensure Nursing
Completion of NR 622 required for online students.
                                                                              required. NOTE: 105 clinical hours required.
NR 622. ADVANCED LEADERSHIP CONCEPTS (3). Analyzes
                                                                              NR 645. CLINICAL INTEGRATION PRACTICUM (5). Integrates
leadership roles in relation to decision-making and strategic
                                                                              advanced family nurse practitioner theory and practice. Students
planning. Focuses on leadership theories and concepts, team building,
                                                                              examine and evaluate outcomes of nursing therapeutics and
motivation, negotiation, mediation, conflict management, mentorship,
                                                                              collaborative management strategies in specific primary care
workforce planning, human diversity, power and communication.
                                                                              situations. Students discuss and defend clinical data assessment and
Service Learning is introduced in this course in the online MS
                                                                              decision making. Prerequisite(s): NR 642 or permission of Director
Program. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
                                                                              the Department of Graduate and Post-Licensure Nursing required.
NR 623E/NR 623F. LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS                            NOTE: 315 clinical hours required. Current Regis University liability
PRACTICUM (3). Designed for students to synthesize and analyze                insurance is required.
knowledge of leadership, management and educational principles
                                                                              NR 646. TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES IN HEALTH
through practical and classroom experience. One hundred and five
                                                                              CARE (3). Focuses on teaching learning theory and cognitive
(105) practical hours and completion of all outstanding assignments
                                                                              psychology principles. Analyzes the selection and implementation
and hours of service learning for the program required. Students
                                                                              of a variety of instructional methods and learning strategies, new
compare and contrast their practical experience with theory and
                                                                              developments in the field of nursing education and ways to use the
reflect on their service in class. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in or



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media, computer technology, and new innovations in and out of the                 NR 656. MANAGEMENT OF THE HIGH RISK NEWBORN (5).
classroom. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Completion of NR                   Application of theory to practice in the development of a plan
622 required for online students.                                                 of care based on research evidence, pathophysiology, nursing
                                                                                  and pharmacology principles, and protocols for the neonate.
NR 647. CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (3). Designed for health
                                                                                  Prerequisite(s): NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) Certification, NR
care providers who are or will be engaged in teaching within the
                                                                                  605F/NR 605N, NR 607N, NR 652 or permission of instructor.
professional health care setting. Focuses on curriculum development,
                                                                                  NOTE: Includes precepted clinical practice.
outcomes and competencies. Curriculum design, evaluation and
change are analyzed within a guiding philosophical conceptual                     NR 657. CLINICAL INTEGRATION FOR THE NEONATAL NURSE
framework and in keeping with underlying social, political, and                   PRACTITIONER (6). Focuses on the integration of advanced
professional factors. Emphasizes faculty role, academic performance               perinatal and neonatal theory, skill competency, critical thinking and
and social responsibility of program curriculum in meeting consumer               clinical management of the low and high risk neonate and family.
and community needs. Discusses the influence of accrediting body/                 Prerequisite(s): NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) Certification, NR
certification requirements and the implementation of innovation in                605F/NR 605N, NR 607N, NR 652, NR 653, NR 654, NR 656 or
the field of the discipline. Service Learning is further explored in this         permission of instructor. NOTE: Includes precepted clinical practice.
course in the online MS Program. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
                                                                                  NR 658. HEALTH CARE EDUCATION PRACTICUM (3). Designed
Completion of NR 622 required for online students.
                                                                                  for students to synthesize and analyze knowledge of educational
NR 648. EVALUATION METHODS FOR HEALTH CARE                                        principles and theories learned through prior coursework and their
EDUCATORS (3). Allows students to compare, question, and                          practicum experience. 105 precepted practicum hours required.
analyze numerous assessment and evaluation concepts, models,                      Prerequisite(s): NR 646, NR 647, and NR 648. NOTE: Enrollment in
and frameworks for their applicability in the evaluation and quality              or completion of all health care education certificate courses.
assurance process of curriculum development. Explores techniques
                                                                                  NR 663. PHC-ADULT AND OLDER ADULT I (5). Addresses health
to evaluate critical thinking, communication and therapeutic skills
                                                                                  maintenance, disease prevention, and health promotion for adults
within and outside the classroom, evaluation of students/faculty,
                                                                                  from young adulthood through geriatric age. Emphasizes skills in
curricula, and programs. Students compare and contrast innovations
                                                                                  assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management, education and follow
in the area of evaluation with current theory and practice.
                                                                                  up of health maintenance exams, minor acute illness, and minor
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Completion of NR 646 and NR
                                                                                  acute injury. Prerequisite(s): NR 605F, NR 607F/NR 607N, and
647 required for online students.
                                                                                  NR 630. NOTE: 105 clinical hours of preceptored experience are
NR 649. ACUTE CARE PRACTICUM (1). A theory, application,                          required.
and skills course addressing the assessment and management of
                                                                                  NR 664. PHC-ADULT AND OLDER ADULT II (3). Addresses health
urgent patient conditions commonly encountered in primary care
                                                                                  maintenance, disease prevention, and health promotion for adults
settings. Prerequisite(s): NR 607, NR 630 and NR 643. Permission
                                                                                  from young adulthood through geriatric age. Emphasizes skills in
of instructor required. Majors and minors only. Graduate standing
                                                                                  assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management, education and follow
required. Acceptance into Nursing Program required. Pass/No Pass
                                                                                  up of complex and chronic illness. Prerequisite(s): NR 663. NOTE:
grading only.
                                                                                  105 clinical hours of preceptored experience are required.
NR 651. PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION (3). Integrates core
                                                                                  NR 681. FOUNDATIONS OF GLOBAL HEALTH (1). Examines
concepts in nursing for the nurse practitioner. Builds on the skill set
                                                                                  strategies for students to become engaged leaders in the health
essential for independent practice. Prerequisite(s): NR 601, NR 602,
                                                                                  professions within the current global reality as it relates to the
NR 608, NR 640 and 75% of program requirements completed.
                                                                                  evolving global health environment, major global health players,
NR 652. HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR THE NEONATAL NURSE                                  and activist discourse. Core concepts of international service,
PRACTITIONER (3). Presents a framework for systematic collection                  poverty and global injustice, structural violence, determinants of
of a comprehensive database that includes pertinent history and                   health, culture, and foreign aid will be applied in demystifying the
physical assessments of pregnant women, neonate, and healthy child                myriad complexities of global health realities. Discussions will
through age two.                                                                  include critical theory and analysis of current options for find
                                                                                  meaningful solutions from the grassroots level up.
NR 653. GENETICS AND EMBRYOLOGY FOR THE NEONATAL
NURSE PRACTITIONER (3). Provides a scientific foundation in                       NR 690E-W. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GRADUATE NURSING
embryology and genetics for practice. Analyzes the principles of                  (1-6). Topics by arrangement with individual faculty. Prerequisite(s):
human genetics, genetic testing and screening, genetic abnormalities              Majors only and permission of the appropriate department director
and gene therapy for implications for the neonatal nurse                          required.
practitioner.
                                                                                  NR 695. CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE (3). Explores
NR 654. ADVANCED PRACTICE PROCEDURES FOR THE HIGH                                 the components of cultural competence in health care. Issues
RISK INFANT (2). A theory, application, and skills course addressing              related to cultural diversity in health and illness are discussed and
the assessment and management of neonatal procedures commonly                     analyzed. The graduate component extends foundational knowledge
encountered in neonatal intensive care facilities. Prerequisite(s):               through additional readings, case analysis and/or applied project
NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) Certification, NR 605N, NR 607F/                     work. Cross listing: NR 495.
NR 607N, NR 652 or permission of instructor. NOTE: Laboratory
                                                                                  NR 697A. MASTER’S THESIS I (3). Provides an opportunity for
practicum includes procedural techniques. Fee required.
                                                                                  completion of a thesis representing original work as a result of



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research. Students must submit a written proposal for approval by          SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
the faculty chair of the thesis committee. Prerequisite(s): NR 602
and approval of the Coordinator of Graduate Education. Majors
only. Permission of the Director the Department of Graduate                The Doctor of Pharmacy program is 150 semester hours of full-
and Post-Licensure Nursing required. NOTE: An “IP” (in progress)           time study, offered in nine semesters over four years. The curriculum
grade is assigned for NR 697A since the thesis is designed to be           prepares graduates to become licensed pharmacists able to practice
completed over more than one semester. A letter grade is assigned          in a wide array of professional settings.
after completion of NR 697B. Classroom-based students only.                The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum explores the role of
NR 697B. MASTER’S THESIS II (3). Completion and defense of thesis          medications in the management of health and treatment of diseases
begun in NR 697A. Prerequisite(s): NR 697A. Permission of the              of all populations of people. Students study the basic biological
Director the Department of Graduate and Post-Licensure Nursing             and pharmaceutical sciences, including pharmacology, medicinal
required. NOTE: A letter grade is assigned for both NR 697A and            chemistry, and pharmaceutics, that form the foundation of modern
NR 697B after completion of NR 697B. Classroom-based students              medication therapy. Application of these principles is achieved
only.                                                                      during the curriculum through small group activities that focus
                                                                           on real-world, professional situations that require critical thinking,
NR 699. COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION, MASTER OF SCIENCE                        communication, and team-building skills. Students also learn about
(0). Required of all students in the graduate program in Nursing.          the U.S. health care system, pharmacy law, using drug information
Consists of an oral component on specialization specific course            resources, health care ethics, and more. The primary teaching
content. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all graduate courses and           strategy used throughout the curriculum is team-based learning,
approval of appropriate department director required. Pass/No Pass         which is a method that emphasizes student preparation and
grading only.                                                              assessment both as an individual and as a member of a student team.
                                                                           During the curriculum, students learn how to apply fundamental
                                                                           principles to medication management as part of a health care team.
                               ***
                                                                           The School of Pharmacy program offers students experiential
                                                                           learning opportunities throughout the curriculum. Experiential
                                                                           learning opportunities are designed to allow the students to apply
                                                                           the knowledge gained from campus based courses in a variety
                                                                           of health care settings. The experiential sequence includes both
                                                                           introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences. The
                                                                           introductory experiential component consists of one semester
                                                                           of campus-based learning and five semesters of off-campus
                                                                           introductory practice experiences. The advanced experiential
                                                                           component requires students to complete seven, six-week
                                                                           experiences during the summer semester following their third
                                                                           and during their fourth professional year. Participation in the
                                                                           experiential learning component of the program necessitates
                                                                           travel to various sites in the Denver metro and surrounding areas.
                                                                           Advanced pharmacy practice experiences are also be offered (but
                                                                           not required) in other states within the United States, its territories
                                                                           and possessions. All expenses incurred during the introductory
                                                                           and advanced practice experiences are be the responsibility of the
                                                                           student. During any one rotation students are given choices within a
                                                                           select subset of these sites.
                                                                           The goal of the curriculum is found within the educational outcomes
                                                                           of the Regis University School of Pharmacy developed by the faculty.
                                                                           The educational outcomes are:



                                                                           A Regis Pharmacist Must Be Knowledgeable.
                                                                           Regis University School of Pharmacy must prepare students so that
                                                                           they know how:
                                                                           •    to acquire and process information to solve problems
                                                                                efficiently;
                                                                           •    the pharmacy profession fits into the interdisciplinary health
                                                                                care system;
                                                                           •    to integrate knowledge from different scientific and academic
                                                                                disciplines into pharmacy practice;




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