Nurse Executive Courses
Wilkes University’s Nurse Executive concentration is a 39 credit-hour online program and will result in a Master of Science with Major in Nursing degree. With scheduled breaks, the Nurse Executive M.S. program can be completed fully online in 2 ½ years.
The Nurse Executive curriculum is offered in the following sequence of courses. Please note that NSG 590 will be the last class taken in the Nurse Executive sequence.
Graduate Nursing Core Courses
NSG 501 (3)
Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
This course emphasizes the systematic process of theory development in nursing. The role of traditional science in relation to other ways of knowing is explored. Students will describe, analyze, and evaluate current theories of nursing. The relationship of research and practice to theory is discussed.
NSG 502 (3)
Advanced Nursing Research
This course builds on knowledge and skills developed in undergraduate research and statistics courses. Skills in the analysis and evaluation of nursing research are further developed. Students analyze the contributions of the empirical approach to the development of nursing science. Selected research designs and methodologies which are used to advance nursing knowledge are examined. Students are given the opportunity to critique and synthesize current research for its application to an identified problem in nursing practice.
NSG 504 (3)
Advanced Role Development In Nursing
Examines the role development process and its applicability to the advanced practice role in nursing. The historical, theoretical, and conceptual basis of role development, advanced practice, and evaluation are explored. A framework for practice, which includes the sub-roles of direct care provider, educator, researcher, manager and consultant, is examined.
NSG 505 (3)
Health Care Policy And Models Of Care
Analysis of issues relative to advanced nursing practice. Assessment of proposed approaches to the resolution of issues, based on current literature and research findings, is done collaboratively in a seminar format.
NSG 500 (3)
Advanced Health Assessment
This course presents an overview of the full and comprehensive health assessment of patients across the life span. Emphasis on multiple aspects of assessment including physical, functional, and mental health assessment along with transcultural variations, will prepare the student for advanced practice nursing. (Nurse Practitioner students are required to complete an onsite residency).
NSG 530 (3)
This course provides an overview of the normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease and serves as one primary component of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management. The course will prepare the advanced practice nurse for interpreting changes in normal function that results in symptoms indicative of illness in patients across the lifespan.
NSG 533 (3)
This course provides the basic principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics for broad categories of drugs. Purpose of action, common interactions and contraindications of major drug categories are highlighted. Case studies are integrated to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate application of pharmacological theory in advancing nursing practice.
NSG 590 (3)
In this course the student will synthesize and review issues relevant to their specialty clinical practice. This course is designed as a review of the required masters level core nursing courses and specialty focused curriculum for advanced nursing practice. This course will provide an overview of both the required core nursing courses as well as each specific specialty course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Graduate Nursing Core and Concentration courses.
Note: NSG 590 is a core nursing course, and is the last class taken in the Nurse Executive sequence.
Nurse Executive Concentration Courses
NSG 560 (3)
Health Care Operations For The Nurse Executive
This course prepares the nursing executive by examining the multiple administrative areas necessary for success at an executive level. The differences between US health care policy and the health care policies of various other countries will be explored. An analysis of select health care administration topics through the use of both individual and collaborative learning will prepare students to succeed in an ever-expanding, constantly changing health care environment.
NSG 561 (3)
Organizational Leadership For The Nurse Executive
This course examines the executive level leadership skills necessary to excel within the rapidly changing health care environment of the future. Emphasis is placed on understanding how the individualized leadership styles of today's health care executives shape the culture and vision of the organizations of tomorrow. This course also provides an in-depth analysis of how building an autonomous, ethical, and diverse leadership team and workforce assists the executive in developing solutions to complex organizational problems.
Note: Taken concurrently with NSG 563 for the first eight weeks.
NSG 563 (3)
Nurse Executive Practicum I *
This practicum course synthesizes previously established theory and skill sets to further develop the student's administrative abilities. By applying theories from other sciences and utilizing interdisciplinary experiences and collaborative opportunities, the student will further enhance the skills necessary to excel as a health care executive in an evidence-based, culturally sensitive environment. The seminar component of this course is designed to supplement previous theoretical applications and stimulate critical-thinking and decision-making. (250 clinical hours.) Prerequisite: NSG 560.
Note: This 16-week course is taken concurrently with NSG 561 for the first eight weeks.
NSG 562 (3)
Advanced Leadership Topics For The Nurse Executive
This course synthesizes previously established theory and skill sets to explore select advanced topics in heath care leadership. The issues explored will assist the executive nurse in leading a health care organization during times of crisis or conflict as well as prosperity. Emphasis is placed on understanding health care as an intricate, dynamic organism which is in continual need of attention.
Prerequisite: NSG 560 and 561.
Note: Taken concurrently with NSG 564 for the first eight weeks.
NSG 564 (3)
Nurse Executive Practicum II *
This practicum course synthesizes previously established theory and skill sets to further develop the student's leadership abilities. By applying theories from other sciences and utilizing interdisciplinary experiences and collaborative opportunities, the student will further enhance the skills necessary to excel as a health care executive in an evidence-based, culturally sensitive environment. The completion of an organizational needs assessment within this course is designed to supplement previous theoretical applications and stimulate critical-thinking and decision-making. (250 clinical hours.)
Prerequisite: NSG 561.
Note: This 16-week course is taken concurrently with NSG 562 for the first eight weeks.