January 2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 07, 2020  
January 2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Course Descriptions


 

Business

  
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    BU 540 - Leadership Foundations

    This course is designed to assess entry level business content knowledge and skills and validate both prior learning and experiential learning in the areas of business ethics, business leadership, global dimensions of leadership, human resource management, information technology management, strategic management and business integration, and the legal environment of business. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    BU 550 - Research Methods and Decision-Making

    This course focuses on skills in research and decision making for the academic and business environment. Topics include the development of research and writing skills, development of decision-making skills, and reflection and review of research activities. Students research and write academic and business papers, specify decisions, characterize alternatives, apply judgment, manage peer pressure, and implement ethical decisions. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite/Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 560 - Managerial Foundations

    A continuation of BU 540 , this course is designed to validate both prior learning and experiential learning in the areas of Accounting, Business Finance, Marketing, Microeconomics, Quantitative Analysis, Operations Management, and Organizational Behavior. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite or Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior

    High-performing organizations are driven by leaders who enable people to be effective both individually and as part of work teams. Integrating current and emerging leadership strategies, this course helps students develop leadership knowledge and skills, identify critical business challenges in an era of global competition, and act to turn those challenges into opportunities. This course presents strategies for evaluating personal leadership strengths and weaknesses as well as building leadership capacity in employees to increase individual and team performance and lead positive changes in culture and organizational performance. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 540 Leadership Foundations  or BU 560 Managerial Foundations  . Corequisite: BU 550 - Research Methods and Decision-Making 
  
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    BU 610 - Finance and Accounting for Decision-Making

    This course covers both financial and managerial accounting as they apply to decision making in the organization. Students will explore the similarities and differences between financial accounting information and managerial accounting information with a focus on selecting the appropriate information based on internal and external needs. Students will learn how to identify and collect the appropriate accounting information to assist them in making decisions and reporting information. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 560 Managerial Foundations . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 615 - Marketing and New Product Development

    This course focuses on the role of marketing and the marketing department in adding value to the organization. Major elements of the marketing process to be covered include domestic and global market assessment, strategic marketing planning, the development of an effective marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution) to create customer value, consumer/business buying behavior, and market research. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 540 Leadership Foundations  or BU 560 Managerial Foundations . Corequisite: BU 550 - Research Methods and Decision-Making 
  
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    BU 620 - Technology and Innovation

    This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills needed to manage technology organizations in an increasingly competitive global environment through the successful use of innovation and creativity. The course provides a consistent process for the formulation, implementation, and assessment of technology business strategy and presents a framework for the birth, growth, maturation, and decline of business innovation. Students will analyze technology issues in various business sectors throughout the course and develop findings and recommendations. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 540 Leadership Foundations  or BU 560 Managerial Foundations . Corequisite: BU 550 - Research Methods and Decision-Making 
  
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    BU 622 - Information Security and Privacy

    This course covers various aspects of security in computing, including security threats and controls, basic cryptography and its applications, network intrusion detection and prevention, security administration and planning, anonymity and privacy, legal issues, protection, and ethics. Examples from a variety of private and public sector organizations are used to test concepts and assumptions throughout the course. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 620 - Technology and Innovation . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 624 - Systems Analysis and Design

    This course is designed to provide students with the tools they need to develop an integrated business solution approach to systems analysis and design issues. Students are introduced to the principles and techniques of systems analysis and design including the conceptual architecture of an information system, information systems framework, and conceptual building blocks. Appreciation of the multidisciplinary approach needed for systems analysis and design is learned through an understanding of information systems project sizing, structure, transaction analysis, user participation, performance criteria, and topologies and protocols required for a successful information systems project are discussed. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 620 - Technology and Innovation . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 630 - Project and Operations Management

    This course provides students with the tools needed to manage operations and projects within an organization. Topics include demand forecasting and management, capacity planning and scheduling, inventory control, purchasing and materials management, facilities management, project management strategies and tactics, defining user needs and project scope, scheduling and budgeting, and performance objectives. Control methods, such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, project management software, and project audits, will also be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 540 Leadership Foundations  or BU 560 Managerial Foundations . Corequisite: BU 550 - Research Methods and Decision-Making .
  
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    BU 632 - Project Management Applications

    In this course students will apply the theory and practice of successful project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation. This includes the creation of project schedules, work breakdown structures, resource allocation and other frameworks utilized in a variety of real-work scenarios. Students will also evaluate the use of various software applications commonly used to manage projects. This course is designed to assist students in their preparations to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam given by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 630 - Project and Operations Management . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 634 - Project Cost and Risk Management

    This course focuses on both the costs and risks associated with projects and project portfolios. Students will estimate and evaluate project costs in relation to cost and delivery related risks. Risk analysis, monitoring and response planning techniques will also be applied. This course is designed to assist students in their preparations to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam given by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 630 - Project and Operations Management . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 636 - Project and Business Analysis

    In this course students will utilize analysis techniques to successfully identify the business needs associated with project initiation. Requirements gathering and management processes will be evaluated and implemented in real-work scenarios. This course is designed to assist students in their preparations to sit for the Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) certification exam given by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 630 - Project and Operations Management  and BU 632 - Project Management Applications . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 640 - Human Resources Management

    This course covers the effective management of human resources in an organization, including concepts and techniques of personnel planning, job and performance evaluation, incentive and performance standards, accommodation of diversity in the workplace, and the impact of labor organizations on management. Current topics in human resource management that recognize the dynamic environment for this field will be researched. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 642 - Business and Labor Law

    This course focuses on the meaning of the “rule of law” and the conduct of a business, as well as contract elements in the market economy and how regulatory law affects an organization’s choices. Other topics include employer discrimination and employment law legal perspective in the firm, student skills recognizing ethical issues through discussion of current case studies to emphasize the impact of these topics on the daily operations of an organization, and labor law views and how they affect the management of employees. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 644 - Compensation and Rewards Management

    This course focuses on compensation and rewards management as human resource tools within organizations. Emphasis is placed on the integration of compensation and reward structures to create a strategic advantage for an organization. The course includes an overview of compensation systems, job evaluations in regards to reward structures, legal constraints involving compensation programs, and global compensation issues. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 650 - Healthcare Administration

    This course explores the major components and organizational interrelationships in the U.S. healthcare delivery system across the continuum of care. Topics include the history of the delivery system, delivery institutions and models, policy implementation, and payment mechanisms. Variables of access, cost, and quality are introduced. Application of these topics in the areas of healthcare reform, social and cultural changes that affect the system, and alternative healthcare allow students to analyze critically these evolving healthcare issues. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 654 - Health Information Management

    This course provides an overview of the role of information systems in healthcare organizations. Students will explore the technical, organizational, and cost-benefit issues related to healthcare information systems, including clinical decision support, integrated networking and distributed computing technologies, telemedicine applications, and artificial intelligence solutions. Students will develop and exercise analytical skills for appraising health information systems and will acquire practical experience using biomedical research databases, desktop application software, and electronic communication systems. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 660 - Accounting in the Organization

    This course expands on themes of managerial and cost accounting to include the evaluation, creation and administration of internal controls and accountability systems. Areas of focus will include the development and analysis of data sources that can be used in control systems as well as the implementation of those systems. This course is designed to assist students in their preparations to sit for the Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) certification exam given by the Institute of Managerial Accountants (IMA). 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 610 - Finance and Accounting for Decision-Making . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 662 - Corporate Financial Planning

    In this course students apply the concepts of financial management to the daily and strategic activities of the firm. This includes specific activities related to firm and industry analysis, monitoring and control and strategic planning. Broader themes of corporate investment, valuation and incentive structure are also discussed. This course is designed to assist students in their preparations to sit for the Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) certification exam given by the Institute of Managerial Accountants (IMA). 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 610 - Finance and Accounting for Decision-Making . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 664 - Financial Decision Analysis and Support

    Students in this course use a variety of analytical modeling tools and techniques to evaluate business decisions using of data from accounting, financial and operational sources. Both the theory of management decision making and practical application of real-world tools will be addressed. This course is designed to assist students in their preparations to sit for the Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) certification exam given by the Institute of Managerial Accountants (IMA). 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 610 - Finance and Accounting for Decision-Making  and BU 660 Accounting in the Organization  . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 670 - Public Safety Administration

    This course will explore management and leadership issues that are routinely encountered in the field of public safety. Topics will include emergency management, critical incident management, leading interdisciplinary/interdepartmental teams, and implementing mandated services and programs. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 672 - Resource Management for Public Safety

    This course will address unique resource management issues that public safety managers face. Topics will include government funding, budgeting and finance, forfeiture funds, grant writing, records management, sunshine laws, labor organizations, safety issues, and training. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 670 - Public Safety Administration . Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 690 - Business Integration & Strategic Planning

    This course focuses on how mission, vision, and values come together to inform the strategic planning process in an organization. The dynamic global environment that modern businesses operate in requires managers to master the art of thinking globally and to utilize frameworks for acting locally. Students will analyze the environment at a number of levels in order to develop a concise strategic plan. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 540 Leadership Foundations  or BU 560 Managerial Foundations . Corequisite: BU 550 - Research Methods and Decision-Making .
  
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    BU 695 - Graduate Capstone Project

    This course is designed as the final capstone project, where students will demonstrate application, analysis, integration, and evaluation in a real-world project or simulation. The capstone experience gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to utilize what he/she has learned in the program. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 697 - Graduate Internship

    The course is the final class in the graduate experience. The student will participate in a minimum of 135 hours of “on-the-job” experience under direction of a work-site supervisor in an approved organization agreeing to sponsor the internship. The experience must be outside of the student’s current scope of work and the deliverables clearly demonstrate leadership and the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. The student and work-site supervisor will determine the scope of work and deliverables needed to demonstrate all graduate program core student learning outcomes. Evaluations of the level of proficiency demonstrated by the intern will be completed by both the faculty member and the work-site supervisor from the sponsoring organization. This course is offered in a 16 week format only. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 135.00 Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.
  
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    BU 699 - International Graduate Capstone

    This course is designed as the final capstone project, where students will demonstrate application, analysis, integration, and evaluation in an international real-world project or simulation. The capstone experience gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to utilize what he/she has learned in the program. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.

Healthcare Administration

  
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    HCA 610 - Health Policy and Management

    This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to guide students in evaluating healthcare policy issues that impact decision making and outcomes in healthcare. Students will explore healthcare delivery systems and analyze issues which impact the delivery of healthcare and nursing at global, national, and state levels of government. Students will analyze the development, formulation, and implementation of policies and related economic issues that can influence healthcare practice today. In addition, the course includes topics such as the relationship between healthcare providers and patients, insurance policies, quality management, legislative liability issues, ethical decision making, and other policy issues. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice .  Corequisites: None.

Nursing

  
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    NU 500 - Theoretical Foundations for Nursing

    The theoretical foundations for this nursing course focus on exposing the advanced practice nurse to a wide range of theory. The course will provide students with the basis for understanding, constructing, formulating, applying, and evaluating theory. It will also examine the role that theory plays in providing the scientific basis for nursing praxis. Selected theories and conceptual framework will be studied and critiqued for their utilization in terms of nursing knowledge development as they relate to practice and research. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    NU 510 - Advanced Physical Assessment

    This course is an examination of the process of holistic assessment (physical, psychosocial, and cultural) of individuals across the lifespan. Students will focus on critical thinking and decision-making skills relating to the application of assessment skills in the role of the nurse manager and nurse educator. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: NU 500 - Theoretical Foundations for Nursing  and NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 516 - Advanced Pharmacology

    This course examines pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacodynamics principles applicable to frequently used prescription and nonprescription medications. Implications of age, gender, and ethnicity are addressed. Students will focus on critical thinking and decisionmaking skills related to patient care needs, planned interventions, and evaluation. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites: NU 500 - Theoretical Foundations for Nursing  and NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 525 - Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice

    This course provides an overview of the integration of technology and nursing informatics in various healthcare environments. Legal, ethical, and cultural issues directing use of technology are examined. The influence of technology on patient outcomes will be explored. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice . Corequisite: None.
  
  
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    NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice

    This course will teach research methods and designs, knowledge-based research techniques, evidence-based practice, outcome evaluation, and evaluation of research processes. Grant writing and national guidelines regarding human subject research will be covered. Students will be exposed to the critique of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Ethical issues in research and the value of nursing and healthcare research will be critically explored. In addition, students will be able to develop a research proposal or carry out a utilization review project. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: MA 320 or equivalent. Corequisite: None
  
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    NU 580 - Health Promotion Across the Life Span

    This course presents an array of clinical case studies that give the graduate student the opportunity to assess and intervene in healthcare problems across their lifespan at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of healthcare. Key concepts such as healthy lifestyles, selfcare, holisms, healing therapeutics, caring communication, critical thinking, diversity, healthcare technology, and nursing leadership and education will be addressed. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: NU 500 - Theoretical Foundations for Nursing  and NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 600 - Teaching/Learning Strategies

    This course focuses on the fundamentals of teaching and learning by examining a variety of teaching, learning, and instructional designs and strategies. General principles, theories, and methodologies related to learning and instructional development will be addressed. Issues of learners’ engagement and the process of incorporating best practices into the classroom will be examined. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: NU 500 - Theoretical Foundations for Nursing  and NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice . Corequisite: None.
  
  
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    NU 616 - The Nurse Educator Roles

    This course is designed to assist graduate students in synthesizing knowledge, skills, research, technology, and experiences from previous education courses in relation to implementing the role of the nurse educator. Theories of effective teaching and learning and the theoretical principles and concepts that apply to nursing education will be analyzed. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites: NU 500 - Theoretical Foundations for Nursing  and NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice . Corequisite: None.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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    NU 633 - Management of Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice

    This course is designed to advance the student’s knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics in the management of health and disease states. Major categories of pharmacological agents are examined in the context of the life span, culture, and health and disease states. State and federal regulation related to purchase, possession, administration and patient education about controlled substances, pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic agents used as medications are examined. Emphasis is placed on the use of current practice, state, and federal guidelines in prescribing appropriate medication regimens for patients and populations. 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisites: NU 500 - Theoretical Foundations for Nursing  and NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice . Corequisite: NU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology .
  
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    NU 635 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation

    This course explores the praxis, philosophies, principles, theories, and strategies in planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum. Students will define, analyze, and design a mock curriculum model for an institution or for an organization that requires staff development. The model curriculum will be reviewed and critiqued to provide the student with an opportunity to appreciate curriculum development, evaluation, and revision. Other issues that will be addressed include accreditation, program review, course and class objective, course and program evaluation, and valid and reliable tools for learner’s measurement of outcomes. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: NU 500 - Theoretical Foundations for Nursing  and NU 560 - Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 681 - Advanced Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum for the Nurse Educator

    Building on the student’s undergraduate level of nursing practice, this seminar/clinical course will provide the opportunity for the nurse educator student to advance their clinical knowledge, promote innovative thinking, and test new potential solutions to clinical/practice issues. The student will  self- select a practice setting environment, outside their current field of practice,  which may include acute care, long term care, home health, community based settings and educational settings to further their professional development as a master’s level nurse. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites: NU 516 Advanced Pharmacology , NU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology , and NU 510 Advanced Physical Assessment . Corequisites: None
  
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    NU 683 - Graduate Onsite Practicum in Education

    The capstone/clinical experience is the culminating experience of the graduate nursing program and provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge and competencies acquired from the core and track courses. All students enrolled in the NU program education track are required to complete a final capstone practicum to exhibit mastery and expertise as a nurse educator. The student in the onsite practicum course will complete a clinical practicum with a mentor in an approved nursing education or staff development setting. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 105.00 Prerequisite: All courses within the MSN-NE program must be successfully completed prior to entering this course. Corequisite: NU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice   and NU 635 Curriculum Development and Evaluation .