Curriculum

Loyola BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner track consists of 78 credit hours in core courses, as well as the option to take additional electives to strengthen your skills.

To view curriculum information for Loyola’s other DNP paths, visit the MSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner or MSN to DNP – Executive Leader curriculum pages.

Core Courses – Family Nurse Practitioner Track (78 credit hours)

NURS 800: Theoretical Foundations & Role (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the exploration of the nature of theory development in nursing, analysis of selected nursing and related theories, and the relevance of theory to research and practice in nursing. It is also designed to help the baccalaureate nurse transition to the role of advanced nursing practice.

NURS 805: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 crs.)

This course provides in-depth study of the pathophysiologic basis of disease as it affects individuals across the life cycle. Emphasis will be placed upon endogenous and exogenous factors that contribute to altered functional balance at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. The course emphasizes mechanisms of disease, including cell injury, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, acid-base imbalances, and genetic defects that cause aberrations resulting in inflammation and dysfunction of the immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems.

NURS 810: Advanced Health Assessment (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the integration of the health history, physical examination, and diagnostic evaluation to develop a model for advanced practice assessment. Emphasis is placed on a holistic view of the person focusing on the uniqueness of the individual across the life cycle, the development of assessment skills including data analysis, and the development of diagnostic skills.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 812

NURS 812: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (3 crs.)

This is a clinical course that focuses on the development of advanced health assessment skills of clients throughout the lifecycle with emphasis on data analysis and differential diagnosis. This course requires 180 hours of practicum. $850 Practicum fee required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 810

NURS 820: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 crs.)

The purpose of this course is to assist nurse practitioner and nurse educator students in developing high-level clinical decision-making skills required to function in an advanced practice role. This course addresses theoretical and practical issues associated with pharmacotherapeutics. Topics discussed include mechanisms of drug action, physiologic effects, clinical pharmacokinetics, and therapeutic use of selected classes of drugs used in primary care.

NURS 825: Primary Care of Pediatrics (3 crs.)

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for infants, children, and adolescents with common, acute, and chronic health problems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, & NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 830

NURS 830: Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum (3 crs.)

Clinical experiences managing infants, children, and adolescents in a primary care setting. This course requires 180 hours of practicum. $850 practicum fee required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, & NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 825

NURS 835: Advanced Research Methods (3 crs.)

This course is an in-depth study of research designs and methods related to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The focus is on the interrelationship among research, theory, and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of research to determine its application to advanced nursing practice. Research which focuses on nursing interventions, evidence-based practice guidelines, cost effectiveness, and health outcomes will be examined.

NURS 840: Primary Care of Adults (3 crs.)

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for the young adult through the older adult client with common, acute, and chronic health problems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 845

NURS 845: Primary Care of Adults Practicum (3 crs.)

Clinical experience managing adults of all ages in a variety of primary care settings. This course requires 180 hours of practicum. $850 practicum fee required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, & NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 840

NURS 850: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health (3 crs.)

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for the adult client and expectant women with common, acute, and chronic health problems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, & NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 855

NURS 855: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health Practicum (3 crs.)

Clinical experiences managing adults and expectant women in a variety of primary care settings. This course requires 180 hours of practicum. $850 practicum fee is required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812 & NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 850

NURS 860: Gerontology in Primary Care (3 crs.)

The intent of this course is to provide Nurse Practitioner (NP) students with the requisite knowledge and skills to integrate holistic, high-quality, safe, and developmentally appropriate principles into the primary care of older adults, including the frail elderly. The course is designed to enhance the NP student’s ability to implement the best evidence-based practice requirements inherent in meeting the primary care needs of an aging and older population.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810 & NURS 812 & NURS 820

NURS 900: Philosophy of Science (3 crs.)

This course systematically analyzes epistemological and meta-theoretical perspectives in the philosophy of science and the implications for knowledge development in nursing science.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 800(PB)

NURS 905: Ethics and Social Justice (3 crs.)

This course examines the nature and practice of biomedical, administrative/organizational, and population ethics with an emphasis on the application of ethical and social justice frameworks for analysis and decision making by providers, patients, systems and populations experiencing ethical conundrums. A conceptual analysis of social justice in healthcare allows the student to seek ethically defensible solutions to healthcare dilemmas at these levels.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 800(PB), NURS 900(PM)

NURS 910: Epidemiology (3 crs.)

In this course explores the concepts, language, and principles of epidemiology. Students will gain a critical understanding of the natural history of diseases, the evaluation of preventive interventions, and relevance of epidemiological methods in advanced nursing practice.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 800(PB)

NURS 915: Evidence-Based Practice, Research Translation & Implementation Science (3 crs.)

This course explores the science of research translation. Emphasis is on analysis, evaluation, and use of evidence-based practice models. Exploration will focus on the systematic uptake of science into routine practice to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare by providers and organizations.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805(PB) & NURS 835(PB)
Corequisite: NURS 920
Additionally, students must have completed at least two sets of the 800-level primary care courses (825/830, 840/845, 850/855) to enroll in this course.

NURS 920: Biostatistics (3 crs.)

This course provides the basics of statistical analysis, measurement theory, and data management. Focus includes the application of statistics to healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on creation of data collection spreadsheets in Excel, selection of appropriate tests, data analysis using SPSS, and appropriate dissemination of results.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 835 (PB)

NURS 925: Program Planning, Evaluation, & Quality Management (3 crs.)

This course provides students with the tools to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based clinical and administrative programs in nursing and healthcare delivery systems. Emphasis is on the synthesis of evidence for evaluating program planning frameworks, strategic implementation, and program evaluation to improve healthcare outcomes.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 915

NURS 930: DNP Advanced Practicum I (3 crs.)

This course integrates the use of evidence-based practice in the continuing development evaluation of the DNP Scholarly Project that includes evaluation of nursing phenomenon in an existing system. Students will complete 180 practicum hours. $500 practicum fee is required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 915 & NURS 920
Corequisite: NURS 925

NURS 935: Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation (3 crs.)

This course analyzes theory and research on intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational leadership for application in leading change and innovation in a global healthcare market. Systems leadership and organizational behavior concepts are also reviewed as they relate to leadership. Implications for interprofessional team leadership, sustainability, legacy development, and renewal are emphasized.

NURS 940: Health Policy & Economics (3 crs.)

This course analyzes the economic and organizational foundations of health care. Social, economic, ethical, political, and global health factors affecting health policy will be analyzed, as well as the role of health practitioners to influence policy relative to health institutions, governmental agencies, and patients.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 800(PB)

NURS 945: DNP Advanced Practicum II (3 crs.)

In this course, the student fully implements the DNP Scholarly Project that was developed in prior DNP courses. The student will complete 180 practicum hours. $500 practicum fee is required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 930

NURS 950: Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care (3 crs.)

This course is designed for the exploration of systems of care related to behavioral health and the acquisition of primary care behavioral health competencies and characteristics necessary for reengineering the integration of behavioral health in primary care systems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810 & NURS 812 & NURS 820

NURS 955: Informatics & Finance (3 crs.)

This course examines the essential knowledge needed to understand information systems and technologies that are transforming healthcare. The student gains the ability to improve information literacy acquisition skills, critique informatics program proposals, understand the role of the informatics specialist in managing healthcare information for decision-making and program planning, and analyze the utility and functionality of technology. Students will explore financial and business principles as sources of information which are used to make healthcare decisions.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 800(PB)

NURS 960: DNP Scholarly Project (3 crs.)

In this course, students will complete the remaining evaluation and final work for the DNP Scholarly Project that was implemented in Advanced Practicum II. Completed synthesis of the project is required, and assurance of the competencies required for the program will be accomplished. The student will complete 180 practice practicum hours. $500 practicum fee is required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 945

Electives

Optional Electives to Assist in Program Coursework

A student’s success in the BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner specialization is partially based upon solid skills in scientific writing as well as statistics and data management. The following electives are offered to strengthen this knowledge and skill set.


NURS 802: Advanced Statistics and Data Management (3 crs.)

This course includes an introduction to measurement concepts and theory, data management, and statistical analysis ranging from descriptive to inferential statistics. The emphasis is on practical application, thorough understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics, and data management overall. Commonly used data management and analytic software will be utilized.

Note: Students entering the BSN-DNP program are required to have successfully completed an academic-based graduate statistics course within 5 years of entering the program or prior to the start of the Fall semester of Year 1 if not completed before entering program. Many students will have completed a statistics course in their bachelor’s program, but for those who have not, this course is will satisfy the requirement for a Prerequisite statistics course. This course is also available to all other students as an elective, with a recommendation to take prior to NURS 920 Biostatistics.

NURS 817: Scientific Writing (3 crs.)

This course includes an introduction to writing philosophy, review of basic and advanced grammar, development of rhythm, voice, and purpose in writing, and understanding of appropriate attribution and structure of referencing. Development and use of figures and tables will be included.

Note: This 3-credit writing course was developed for students with a range of writing capabilities. This course teaches scientific writing. It is available to all students as an elective and is offered in Summer Session.

 

Nurse Education Electives

Students in the BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner track have the option to pursue their Certified Nurse Educator™ (CNE) credential by completing an additional 9 credit hours in nurse educator coursework.


NURS 970: Philosophy, Theory, & Role (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to the role of the nurse educator, educational philosophies and theories, teaching styles, and effectiveness in the context of nursing education.

NURS 975: Teaching Methods (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to a variety of best-practice teaching methodologies.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 970

NURS 977: Assessment of Learning Outcomes (3 crs.)

The focus of this course is the presentation of the principles for developing a systematic evaluation plan.

NURS 979: Curriculum Design & Evaluation (3 crs.)

This course introduces students to information and content related to curriculum development, design, implementation, and evaluation in nursing education. Current trends in nursing, higher education policy, and accreditation are discussed. Best practices and guidelines for the integration of quality improvement and safety education are analyzed and applied to curriculum development.

 

Sample Course Progression

Course progression plans may vary depending on start date. Your academic advisor will discuss your specific course plan with you.

Each course is 3 credit hours. Each practicum credit hour is worth 60 hours of practice.

Fall 1 (6 credits)
  • N805: Advanced Pathophysiology
  • 3 credits
  • N835: Advanced Research Methods
  • 3 credits
Spring 1 (6 credits)
  • N820: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • 3 credits
  • N935: Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation
  • 3 credits
Summer 1 (6-9 credits)
  • N800: Theoretical Foundations & Role
  • 3 credits
  • N910: Epidemiology
  • 3 credits
  • N817: Scientific Writing (Elective)
  • 3 credits
  • *N802: Advanced Statistics and Data Management (Elective)
  • 3 credits
Fall 2 (9 credits)
  • N810: Advanced Health Assessment
  • 3 credits
  • N812: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
  • 3 credits
  • N920: Biostatistics
  • 3 credits
Spring 2 (9 credits)
  • N840: Primary Care of Adults
  • 3 credits
  • N845: Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • 3 credits
  • N925: Program Planning
  • 3 credits
Summer 2 (6 credits)
  • N860: Gerontology in Primary Care
  • 3 credits
  • N900: Philosophy of Science
  • 3 credits
Fall 3 (9 credits)
  • N850: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health
  • 3 credits
  • N855: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health Practicum
  • 3 credits
  • N915: Evidence-Based Practice, Research Translation & Implementation Science
  • 3 credits
Spring 3 (9 credits)
  • N825: Primary Care Pediatrics
  • 3 credits
  • N830: Primary Care Pediatric Practicum
  • 3 credits
  • N930: DNP Advanced Practicum I
  • 3 credits
Summer 3 (6 credits)
  • N905: Ethics & Social Justice
  • 3 credits
  • N950: Integrated Behavioral Health
  • 3 credits
Fall 4 (9 credits)
  • N955: Informatics & Finance
  • 3 credits
  • N940: Policy & Economics
  • 3 credits
  • N945: Advanced DNP Practicum II
  • 3 credits
Spring 4 (3 credits)
  • N960: Scholarly Project
  • 3 credits

 

*Students are strongly encouraged to take a graduate-level statistics course before enrolling in 920: Biostatistics. The School of Nursing offers a graduate-level statistics course in the last six-week summer session.