NURS 6501, 6521, 6512, 6531 – Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning and Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan

NURS 6501, 6521, 6512, 6531 – Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning and Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan

NURS 6501 – Advanced Pathophysiology


(5 cr.) Advanced practice nurses must be equipped with an in-depth understanding of pathophysiological disease processes across the lifespan. In this course, students focus on understanding the bio-physiological processes, the deviations from these processes, and an in-depth examination of the scientific concepts related to the biology of disease processes. Advanced practice nursing students learn how normal organ systems function and how organ systems are interrelated to help the body maintain homeostasis. Through knowledge of pathophysiological disease processes, students gain the information needed to develop appropriate treatment plans for patients across the life span. Students explore a variety of topics, such as immunity, inflammation, cancer genetics, and cardiovascular disease. They also examine a range of disease processes, including hematologic, renal, neurologic, gastrointestinal, and reproductive disorders. NURS 6501, 6521, 6512, 6531 – Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning and Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan.

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NURS 6521 – Advanced Pharmacology

(5 cr.) A solid foundation in the concepts and principles of drug therapy across the lifespan is essential to the work of advanced practice nurses. Students in this course apply the advanced principles of pharmacology, including pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, by analysis of common drug classes prescribed by advanced practice nurses across the lifespan. Factors influencing successful therapy such as effectiveness, safety, acceptability, cost, genetic/environmental influences, complementary regimens, and patient behaviors are considered. Through this course, students prepare to examine complex decisions in the management and treatment of selected acute and chronic diseases across the lifespan through pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic agents. Advanced practice nursing students will have a more in-depth understanding of drug legislation and regulation for prescribing drugs. NURS 6501, 6521, 6512, 6531 – Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning and Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan.

 

NURS 6512 – Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning♦

(5 cr.) The physical and emotional well-being of patients and families can be complex and multifaceted. Advanced practice nurses need to have the knowledge and ability to provide safe, competent, and comprehensive physical health assessments. Students in this course focus on concepts and skills to assess patients across the lifespan. They learn to use diagnostic reasoning, advanced communication, and physical assessment skills to identify changes in health patterns. Students also use a systematic approach through which they focus on the assessment of patients with acute and chronic health problems. The advanced skills of suturing, reading 12 Lead EKGs, and interpreting X-rays will be covered. Students engage in course assignments that emphasize risk assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and evidence-based assessment across the lifespan. NURS 6501, 6521, 6512, 6531 – Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning and Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan.
♦ Students may take this as a non-degree course, which means they do not have to be enrolled in a program. Contact an Enrollment Advisor [1-866-492-5336 (U.S.);1-443-627-7222 (toll)] for more information.

 

NURS 6531 – Advanced Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan


(5 cr.) In this course, students learn how nurse practitioners master the art and science of clinical decision making among adult populations. Students focus on the diagnosis and management of primary healthcare needs and problems of the adult and elderly adult. They engage in a variety of course assignments that focus on physical and behavioral disease processes central to diagnosing illnesses as well as planning, implementing, and evaluating therapeutic treatment programs for acute illnesses commonly encountered in a primary healthcare setting. Students gain confidence in clinical experiences in a primary healthcare setting where they learn to plan, implement, and evaluate therapeutic regimens for adult patients with common acute and chronic illnesses.   (Prerequisite(s): NURS 6501, NURS 6511, and NURS 6521.) Note: This course requires a minimum of 144 practicum hours. NURS 6501, 6521, 6512, 6531 – Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning and Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan.

 

NURS 6521 Advanced Pharmacology: Welcome & Course Readings

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NURS 6521 Course Readings

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English, C., & Aloi, J. J. (2015). New FDA-approved disease-modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis. Clinical Therapeutics, 37(4). 691-715. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinthera.2015.03.001

Kargiotis, O., Paschali, A., Messinis, L., & Papathanasopoulos, P. (2010). Quality of life in multiple sclerosis: Effects of current treatment options. International Review of Psychiatry, 22(1), 67–82.

Krummenacher, I., Cavassini, M., Bugnon, O., & Schneider, M. (2011). An interdisciplinary HIV-adherence program combining motivational interviewing and electronic antiretroviral drug monitoring. AIDS Care, 23(5), 550–561.

Ladd, E., and Hoyt, A. (2016). Shedding light on nurse practitioner prescribing. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(3), 166-173. DOI:10.1016/j.nurpra.2015.09.017

Lunenfeld, B., Mskhalaya, G., Zitzmann, M., Arver, S., Kalinchenko, S., Tishova, Y., & Morgentaler, A. (2015). Recommendations on the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of hypogonadism in men. Aging Male, 18(1), 5-15. doi: 10.3109/13685538.2015.1004049

Panther, S. G., Knotts, A. M., Odom-Maryon, T., Daratha, K., Woo, T., & Klein, T. A. (2017). Off-label prescribing trends for ADHD medications in very young children. The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 22(6), 423-429. DOI: 10.5863/1551-6776-22.6.423

Roberts, H. & Hickey, M. (2016). Managing the menopause: An update. Maturitas, 86(2016), 53-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2016.01.007

Sabatino, J. A., Pruchnicki, M. C., Sevin, A. M., Barker, E., Green, C. G., & Porter, K. (2017). Improving prescribing practices: A pharmacist-led educational intervention for nurse practitioner students. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 29(5), 248-254. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12446. NURS 6501, 6521, 6512, 6531 – Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning and Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan.

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