Graduate Catalog 2010

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Courses


Course Descriptions

NUR 6100  Population Health and Epidemiology (3). This course provides the students with knowledge and skills to define and describe population health. Students will examine the implications of various health related states and aggregate data.

NUR 6110  Biostatistics (3). This course provides students with broad foundational knowledge and skills to apply biostatistical concepts to the evaluation of health outcomes.                                                                                                      

NUR 6120  Foundations of Clinical Scholarship (3). Students will identify a discrete body of literature, and then immerse themselves in the identified literature in order to analyze its strengths and weaknesses, to identify conceptual gaps, and to evaluate proposed strategies.  Through literature immersion, the student will also develop a philosophical basis for resolution of a defined population health problem.                                                     

NUR 6130  Research Utilization Project 1 (3) (2 didactic/1 clinical). This course will assist the student to select a health care problem, and to explore the problem from multiple perspectives. Based on the selection and exploration, the student will identify, adapt or create, and adopt a model that is appropriate for the identified problem. The student will develop a research utilization project with system-wide impact.                                         

NUR 6140  Health Care Finance (3) (2.5 didactic/0.5 clinical). This course provides students with an overview of health care finance principles such as economic theory, reimbursement issues, and cost/benefit analysis, with application of these principles in various health care financial settings.

NUR 6150 Evaluation of Health Care Outcomes 1 (5) (4 didactic/1 clinical). This course will provide students with the knowledge and tools to support, promote, and implement evidence-based practice, to conduct strategic problem analyses, and to develop projects. Students will evaluate models and analyze the implications of model implementation, utilizing various change theories.

NUR 6200 Evaluation of Health Care Outcomes 2 (3) (1 didactic/2 clinical). The course will provide students with the tools to evaluate and improve programs, to develop feasible and reliable program evaluation designs, and to analyze variations in patterns and outcomes.  The course will emphasize program evaluation for improvement including outcomes, efficiency, resource allocation, and economic viability.

NUR 6210  Leadership & Management of Organizations & Systems (2). This course provides an opportunity for the students to explore evidence-based concepts and leadership and organizational theories and frameworks to be effective leaders at the population, organizational, and system levels.  Students will analyze spheres of influence important to the practice environment in the delivery of health care and the role of inter-professional collaboration to achieve optimal health outcomes in complex health care systems.

NUR 6220  Health Policy (3) (2.5 didactic/0.5 clinical). This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of health policy formation including the socio-political underpinnings and contemporary issues of the US health care system. The course will also focus on the impact of various regulatory systems and the emerging role of the DNP as a leader in health policy design and implementation.

NUR 6230   Research Utilization Project 2 (6)  (2 didactic/4 clinical). This course will facilitate the student’s implementation of a research utilization project.

NUR 6240   Education of Diverse Populations (3)   (2.5 didactic/0.5 clinical). This course provides an overview and application of various teaching/learning strategies to populations in diverse settings.

NUR 6250   Research Utilization Project 3 (3). This course will assist the student in evaluation of the implemented research utilization project. The student will disseminate the project outcomes through written and oral presentations as a part of the translation of evidence process.                                                                           

The courses below are not a part of the required curriculum.  The courses offer alternatives for particular student needs or circumstances and would be developed in conjunction with program faculty.

NUR 6950   Study Away / Study Abroad (1-3). Study topics related to current health care issues can be undertaken away from Belmont University.

NUR 6990   Independent Study (1-3). This course provides opportunity to pursue study to meet individual student needs. Permission of program director is required. Not to exceed three (3) credit hours.