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NURS505 - Healthcare Systems and Health Policy

Course Details

Course Code: NURS505 Course ID: 4792 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The advanced degree nurse must promote health, influence the health delivery system, and participate in policy advocacy in order to improve the healthcare outcomes of populations. Students examine the effect of legal and regulatory processes on healthcare delivery at the institutional, local, state and federal levels. Topics include healthcare economics and finance, quality improvement, patient safety, and political advocacy. (Prerequisite: NURS502)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Learning Objectives:

After successfully completing this course, students will be prepared to:

  1. Examine the effect of legal and regulatory processes on healthcare delivery at all levels (PO1, and 3)
  2. Investigate the impact of nursing political advocacy on healthcare policy development (PO1, 2 and 4)
  3. Evaluate the impact of healthcare economic and finance systems on nursing practice and health outcomes (PO3
  4. Analyze the role of the advanced practice nurse in developing policies that support nursing practice, efficient healthcare delivery and improvement of outcomes (PO1, 2, and 4)

Master’s Essentials incorporated in this course include: I, II, III, and IV.


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • Forum Grading Rubric

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to forum being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Weekly Written Assignments

Following the Project Overview document available in the Assignment section of the online classroom, each week students will write an essay ranging 400-600 words in length utilizing APA format and at least 2 scholarly references. The weekly essay topics are included in the Project Overview document. Weekly essays will be evaluated utilizing the Essay Rubric, also available in the Assignment section of the online classroom.

Colins (2005) proposed an eight-step process, widely used for health policy analysis. The course project will employ the Colins (2005) eight-step process or tool, accomplishing one step per each of the eight weeks of the course. Although the Colins process is designed with national policy analysis in mind, for the purposes of this course, the Colins tool will be applied at the state level. Each student will choose an issue within their own state and complete the eight-step process utilizing information about their own state. International students will complete the process utilizing an issue and information from the current country [or state, providence, etc.] of residence.

Collins, T. (2005). Health policy analysis: A simple tool for policy makers. Public Health, 119, 192-196.

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA style and format and each student is required to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Health Policy and Advanced Practice Nursing: Impact and Implications - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Springer
Author:Goudreau, K. and Smolenski, M.
Unit Cost:$96.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.