Spring 2022

NURS 6130-001 Nurse Practitioner Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing

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NURS 6130-001 Nurse Practitioner Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing

Welcome to your NURS 6130 course: This course serves as an introductory toolbox for practice and socialization into your new professional role as Nurse Practitioners, and health care leaders in your communities. All students and faculty are expected to be active and present for all the participatory meetings, where you will engage and teach one another as well as learn from experts in a mixed teaching/learning format. 

Course Dates: The course is on the following Mondays 2/24, 2/28, 3/28, 4/11, and 4/25

Time: 1:00-3:50 pm 

Place: SON room 1.221


 Dr. Susan McDonald


Dr. Susan M. McDonald, PhD, APRN, CPNP, CNS

Associate Professor, Clinical

E-mail: mcdonaldsm@uthscsa.edu

Office Phone:  (210) 567-0159

Office Room: 2.518

Office Hours:  Listed in Starfish

Office of Faculty Excellence


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



NURS 7302 Theoretical Foundations for Leadership in Complex Adaptive Systems

NURS 7322 Health Care Policy Analysis and Advocacy



NURS 6438 ACACNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Application 2

NURS 6137 ACACNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Seminar 2

NURS 6458 FNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Application 2

NURS 6154 FNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Seminar 2

NURS 6420 PMHNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Application 2

NURS 6119 PMHNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Seminar 2

NURS 6425 PNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Application 2

NURS 6125 PNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical Seminar 2


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


1.  Compare and contrast the historic role of the nurse practitioner with other members of the interprofessional healthcare team. (DNP Essential VI; NONPF Competency: Leadership 1, 5)

2.  Analyze inter/intra disciplinary, collaborative, and collegial health care team functioning as it relates to APN practice. (DNP Essential VI; NONPF Competency: Health Delivery System 2, 4, 5, 7)

3.  Examine complex and advanced leadership roles for nurse practitioners to initiate and guide change in health care systems. (DNP Essential V; NONPF Competency:  Leadership 1, 2, 5, 7)

4.  Apply ethical frameworks to the analysis of complex health care problems in culturally diverse patients. (DNP Essential II; NONPF Competency: Ethics 1, 2, 3)

5.  Analyze the entities and issues that govern professional scope of practice in various contexts. (DNP Essential VIII; NONPF Competency: Policy 1, 5, 7)

6.  Examine the role of the nurse practitioner in the development of health policy. (DNP Essential V; NONPF Competency: Policy 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

7.  Evaluate attributes of selected healthcare payment systems (DNP Essential IV; NONPF Competency: Quality 2, 3)

8.  Examine patient care and business requirements for third party reimbursement (DNP Essential IV; NONPF Competency: Technology and Information Literacy 4, 5)


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)



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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 7th 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.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.


School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

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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: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) 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: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


Stewart, J., & DeNisco, S. (2019). Role development for the nurse practitioner (2nd Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.


Grace, P. (2018). Nursing ethics and professional responsibility in advanced practice (3rd Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones &Bartlett Learning.


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CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

  1. We will meet at 1300 in room 1.221 on the first floor of the SON. During this class time, the syllabus and assignments will be reviewed. An overview of the licensing/credentialing process will be presented.

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