Internship Courses

These courses are intended to provide opportunities for students to apply theory and develop practice competencies to fulfill essential public health functions from a nursing perspective. All of the courses consist of a combination of a seminar and practicum that focus on evidence-based approaches to community health-systems nursing. Each course has a different focus. Upon completion of each course, students will demonstrate increasing mastery in the areas of advanced practice, leadership and practice inquiry related to advanced practice in community health nursing.

One credit of NCLIN course equals 3 hours of clinical fieldwork internship. For example, for a 3 credit NCLIN course, you will spend 9 hours per week, or 90 hours for the quarter, on your internship. Specific times and dates of the week depend upon the projects in which students are involved. Contact the internship faculty supervisor for more details.


Master of Nursing (MN) Internship

NCLIN 532: Overview (3 cr.)

This introductory course includes integration and application of theories and content related to social determinants of health and social justice. Students are expected to integrate and apply theories and content from NSG 552 Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity. The objectives include:

  • Critically assess and appraise the concept of health from the individual, population, or community level perspectives
  • Utilize principles of collaborative leadership to develop community-based, systems-based, or population-based approaches to health equity and social justice
  • Utilize theories and scientific knowledge to assess and appraise determinants of community and population health and potential or existing health disparities

All MN students take NCLIN 532 in Spring quarter of Year 1.

NCLIN 533: Culture (3 cr.)

The internship course includes integration and application of theories and content related to cultural issues affecting the health of individuals, populations and communities. Students are expected to integrate and apply theories and content from NSG 556 Program Planning for Health Systems and Multicultural Communities. The objectives include:

  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize the influence of cultural beliefs, values, customs and language on the health experiences of individuals, communities and populations
  • Use collaborative leadership principles to apply culturally appropriate strategies to promote partnerships with members of a community
  • Evaluate interventions and policies addressing gaps in services and programs for individuals, populations, and communities utilizing concepts of cultural awareness, diversity, sensitivity, and equity

All MN students take NCLIN 533 in Winter quarter of Year 2.

NCLIN 534: Assessment (3 cr.)

The internship course includes integration and application of theories and content related to the assessment and appraisal of communities and populations. Students are expected to integrate and apply theories and content from NURS 576: Assessment and Collaboration with Communities and Systems. The objectives include:

  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize various models of community assessment underpinning community activities
  • Utilize principles of collaborative leadership to assess, define and respond to existing or potential assets and health risks affecting a community
  • Conduct community assessment activities using approaches such as an interview, survey, observation/participant observation, or analysis of epidemiological data
  • Utilize scientific principles and methods to determine mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and health outcomes of community services, programs and policies

All MN students take NCLIN 534 in Fall quarter of Year 2.


DNP Students Admitted After AY 2013-2014

NCLIN 516: Advanced Clinical Practicum I (4 cr.)

Clinical practicum and seminar provide opportunities to develop advanced nursing practice competencies with targeted populations.  Focuses on the application of theory and principles when providing care, education, and collaboration with individuals and/or groups. The objectives are:

  • Identify promoters and barriers to health, healthful change and health care delivery at partnership and system levels
  • Assess health based on theoretical and scientific foundations, and knowledge of evidence based practice to improve/promote health
  • Recognize and describe therapeutic communication strategies
  • Distinguish communication skills/processes including the use of health technologies that optimize health outcomes
  • Describe aspects of the professional role within the clinical and community setting

All DNP students take NCLIN 516 in Spring quarter of Year 2.

NCLIN 517: Advanced Clinical Practicum II (5 cr.)

Clinical practicum and seminar provide opportunities to develop advanced nursing practice competencies with targeted populations.  Focuses on the application of theory and principles when providing care, education, and collaboration with individuals, groups and systems. The objectives are:

  • Explore strategies (e.g. quality/safety initiatives, health promotion) to advance health, healthful change, and health care delivery and to overcome barriers at partnership and system levels
  • Assess health and plan health strategies based on theoretical and scientific foundations, and knowledge of evidence based practice to improve/promote health.
  • Demonstrate therapeutic communication strategies
  • Use communication skills/processes including the use of health technologies to optimize health outcomes
  • Recognize collaborative and culturally appropriate continuum of care
  • Demonstrate awareness of the ethical, cultural, and legal contexts and consequences of professional actions at the individual and system levels

All DNP students take NCLIN 517 in Summer quarter of Year 2.

NCLIN 518: Advanced Clinical Practicum III (6 cr.)

Clinical practicum and seminar provide opportunities to develop advanced nursing practice competencies with targeted populations.  Focuses on the application of theory and principles when providing care, education, and collaboration with individuals, groups, and systems. The objectives are:

  • Develop and apply strategies (e.g. quality/safety initiatives, health promotion) to advance health, healthful change, and health care delivery and to overcome barriers at partnership and system levels
  • Implement and evaluate health strategies based on theoretical and scientific foundations, and knowledge of  evidence based practice to improve/promote health and health outcomes
  • Consistently integrate therapeutic communication strategies
  • Use advanced communication and health technologies to enhance collaborative and inter-professional relationships

All DNP students take NCLIN 518 in Fall quarter of Year 3.

NCLIN 801: Advanced Clinical Practicum Immersion (9 cr.)

Immersion clinical practicum and seminar provide opportunities to integrate advanced nursing practice competencies, leadership, professional role, and collaboration with targeted populations.  Focuses on the application and synthesis of theory and principles in the provision of care, education, and collaboration with individuals, groups, and systems. The objectives are:

  • Implement and analyze strategies (e.g. quality/safety initiatives, health promotion) to advance health, healthful change, and health care delivery and overcome barriers at partnership and system levels
  • Demonstrate systematic integration of health strategies based on theoretical and scientific foundations, and knowledge of  evidence based practice to improve/promote health and health outcomes 
  • Evaluate and modify therapeutic communication strategies to optimize health and health care
  • Integrate and appraise advanced communication and health technologies to optimize health outcomes consistent with translational science
  • Demonstrate professional role accountability, leadership, respectful inter-professional practice, and independent advanced nursing practice

All DNP students take NCLIN 801 in Winter quarter of Year 3.


DNP Students Admitted Before AY 2013-2014

NCLIN 535: Policy (4 cr.)

The internship course includes integration and application of theories and content related to health-related organizational and public policy that promotes health equity. Students are expected to integrate and apply theories from related coursework. The objectives are:

  • Utilize principles of collaborative leadership to work with stakeholders to critically analyze existing programs, policies and procedures that affect the health of individuals, populations and/or communities
  • Demonstrate advocacy that is consistent with the values and aims of diverse populations and communities to promote health and social equity
  • Apply the principles of translational research to decision making related to practice guidelines, health service delivery, and health outcomes among multicultural populations

Students take NCLIN 535 in Fall quarter, 2013. This course will not be offered afterward.

NCLIN 536: Systems (4 cr.)

The internship course includes integration and application of theories and content related to systems level models of practice to service delivery among communities and populations. Students are expected to integrate and apply theories from related coursework. The objectives are:

  • Utilize the principles of collaborative leadership, system-based practice models and transdisciplinary science to improve health delivery systems among multicultural communities and populations
  • Identify, evaluate and respond to legal and ethical issues that have the potential to affect the health of communities and populations
  • Effectively communicate findings from evidence-based practice, research or leadership initiatives that are focused on improving community health

Students take NCLIN 536 in Winter quarter, 2014. This course will not be offered afterward.

NCLIN 798: Tripartite Immersion Practicum (5 cr.)

Practicum to synthesize and expand knowledge and skills in application of tripartite role of advanced practice, inquiry, and leadership. Analysis of practice issues including reflective practice, collaboration, health systems, technology, ethics, and policy. The objectives are:

  • Synthesize and expand knowledge and skills about advanced specialty practice at the individual, family, community or systems level that integrates leadership and utilization of evidence
  • Evaluate and translate scientific evidence into decision making (professional practice) with the goal of improving outcomes of care, enhancing effectiveness of care systems delivery, and reducing health disparities
  • Analyze strategic thinking and leadership principles and skills necessary to promote effective professional communication (oral and written), collaboration and change
  • Evaluate key issues that affect the advanced practice registered nurses' ability to influence practice, health systems, and policy

Students take NCLIN 798 in Spring quarter, 2014. This course will be offered for the last time in Winter quarter, 2015.