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NURS 6130 Nurse Practitioner Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing


The purpose of this course is to provide a conceptual basis for advanced practice nursing.  Students examine nurse practitioner competencies with emphasis on acquiring knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in healthcare deliver, health policy, and complex healthcare systems.  Research and quality improvement mechanisms to implement change are explored.


Credit hour allocation: 1 semester credit hour
Clock hour allocation: 15 clock hours class


Graduate standing


  1. Compare and contrast the historic role of the nurse practitioner with other members of the interprofessional health care team. (Essentials VII, IX)
  2. Analyze inter/intra disciplinary, collaborative, and collegial healthcare team functioning as it relates to APN practice.
  3. Examine complex and advanced leadership roles for nurse practitioners to initiate and guide change in healthcare systems. (Essentials II, VI, IX)
  4. Apply ethical frameworks to the analysis of complex healthcare problems in culturally diverse patients. (Essentials I, II, VIII)
  5. Analyze the entities and issues that govern professional scope of practice in various contexts. (Essential IX)
  6. Examine the role of the nurse practitioner in the development of health policy. (Essential VI)
  7. Analyze the impact of healthcare economics and healthcare financing on advanced practice.


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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