Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator Courses

Required Core Courses


Theories & Frameworks for Advanced Nursing Practice

As a student, you will examine the evolving theoretical foundations of the nursing profession through the exploration of a nursing or related discipline’s theory.

Nursing Inquiry, Research & Scholarship

You will develop research skills you can use to promote quality healthcare to clients, initiate change and improve nursing education and clinical practice.

Healthcare Systems: Organization, Economics & Politics

You will examine the interrelationships among healthcare policy and politics, delivery and access-to-care issues, and the financing of healthcare to make high-quality, cost-effective choices in the allocation of resources and in formulating healthcare agendas for individuals and communities.

Education & Human Development: The Scholarship of Teaching

You will apply theoretical frameworks from nursing, education, curriculum design and human development to actual teaching environments and APN teaching practice.

Advanced Practice Roles & Ethical Decision Making

You will explore current and emerging roles of advanced practice nurses in various practice settings, with an emphasis on legal and professional issues, models of practice, and the role of the advanced practice nurse in healthcare management and promotion.

Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

You will use theory and research to explore the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common diseases for individuals across the lifespan, and consider variations in physiological health and illness processes attributable to race, culture, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status.

Advanced Health & Physical Assessment

You will examine and apply advanced health-and-physical assessment techniques, research findings and guidelines needed to assess health status, examining and applying theories in the collaborative care of culturally diverse individuals, families and communities.

Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics & Clinical Decision Making

You will examine and apply principles of advanced pharmacology in the management of clients across the lifespan and in multiple settings.

Promoting Health through Practice-based Research

This course revisits the link among nature-of-inquiry questions, analytical frameworks, methodological designs, and data-analysis techniques to evaluate their collective “fit.”

Capstone: Scholarship to Advanced Nursing

You will use a practice-based research inquiry process to study select complex issues confronting health and illness in today‘s cost-conscious healthcare world.

Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator additional courses

  • Education & Human Development
  • Theories & Strategies of Instructional Design& Assessment
  • Promoting Health in Diverse Communities
  • Practicum: Advanced Practice Nursing 

Family Nurse Practitioner Additional Courses

  • Helping Relationships: Prevention, Intervention & Systems
  • Advanced Primary Care Management with Middle Aged & Older Adults
  • Advanced Primary Care Management with Women, Infants & Children
  • Advanced Primary Care Management of Vulnerable Populations

Post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner program

After completing at least the four FNP courses, you may be eligible for the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC ] Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.