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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
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/21 - 04/29/22 05/02/22 - 06/26/22 Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the MSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  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 master’s prepared nurse and healthcare leadership in developing policies that support nursing practice, efficient healthcare delivery and improvement of outcomes (PO1, 2, and 4)

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Masters Essentials covered in this course include I, II, III, and IV.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions 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 discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 9 graded discussions.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to more than 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

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 discussions 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%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There are no tests/quizzes in this course.

Written Assignments

There are 8 written assignments due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged 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 Lib
Author:Goudreau, K. and Smolenski, M.
Unit Cost:$96.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.