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Program Course Core Elements:

NURS 7301 Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Translational Science I


This course builds a foundation for advanced clinical scholarship and healthcare improvement and develops skills in analytic methods for evidence-based practice. Students will analyze emerging EBP, quality improvement, and patient safety paradigms to translate research into practice and examine methods for determining clinical effectiveness, including engaging in critical appraisal of research and conducting systematic reviews. Students will examine issues and consensus on key aspects of measurement of nursing performance, organizational factors, and nursing sensitive outcomes, including impact of public reporting.


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)


NURS 5306 Advanced Theory for the Practice of Nursing and
NURS 5307 Using Research for the Practice of Nursing; Or equivalents


  1. Compare paradigms of EBP, quality improvement, patient safety, and translational science and their contributions to building programs of science in areas of organizational, public health, and clinical effectiveness.
  2. Critically appraise various forms of knowledge, including primary research and systematic reviews.
  3. Contribute to the conduct of systematic reviews to summarize what is known about clinical effectiveness.
  4. Interpret statistical analysis commonly applied in systematic reviews.
  5. Evaluate adequacy of various approaches to measuring and reporting quality in healthcare.
  6. Compare various approaches to measurement of care processes, organizational factors, nursing performance, and patient outcomes.




  • Respect for classroom and clinical communication processes are necessary for teaching and learning.
  • Silence mobile devices / cell phones in classrooms and clinical settings.
  • Remove Bluetooth devices prior to entering the classroom and when in ANY clinical setting.
  • Failure to do so can / will / may (depending on the faculty) either affect your class participation, clinical or final course grade.


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website:

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


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