Syllabus for NUR-612
HEALTHCARE FINANCE FOR NURSE EDUCATORS
The course provides an overview of healthcare finance specific to the nurse educator role in a variety of educational transactions. It enables the learner to build and develop budgeting and financial analysis skills, culminating in the ability to combine budgeting and financial analysis in writing a business or grant proposal.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Examine the budget process related to nursing education practice.
- Develop spreadsheet skills using a standard office application.
- Assess the value of financial management related to present and future nursing education.
- Analyze the grant proposal and business plan process.
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
- American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
- Barr, M. J., & McClellan, G. S. (2011). Budgets and financial management in higher education (2nd ed.). New Jersey: Jossey-Bass.
Healthcare Finance for Nurse Educators (NUR-612) is a three-credit online course, consisting of five modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: Course Introduction and Overview
- Module 2: Budgets Related to Nursing Education Practice
- Types of budgets
- Cash flow
- Budget monitoring and control
- Budget preparation
- Budget cycle
- Program planning
- Capital request
Components of a business plan
- Module 4: Funding from Outside Sources
- Types of grants
- New program
- Special project
- Seeking and finding grants
- Grant essentials
- The proposal and components
- Grant reports
- Grant Renewals
- Module 5: Basic Financial Analysis
- Measuring & recording financial activities
- Financial statements
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments, including a final project. See below for details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.
You are required to participate in 10 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1 and an ungraded but required reflection forum in Week 12.
Note: The minimum participation requirement for discussion forum activities is at least three posts on at least three different days—an initial post responding to the questions and at least two posts to at least two classmates. Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder on the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to grade all online discussions.
You are required to complete four written assignments, including a Final Project. The written assignments are based on budgets, a business plan, or a grant proposal.
- The first written assignment, WA #1, is an MS Word™ Table based document called Conference Planning/Budget Assignment that is worth 15% of your grade
- The second written assignment, WA #2, is an MS Word™ Table based document called Nursing Organization Annual Zero-base Budget Planning Assignment that is worth 15% of your final grade.
- The third written assignment, WA #3, is an MS Word™ Table based document called Capital Budget Assignment that is worth 10% of your grade.
- The fourth written assignment, WA #4, is an MS Word™ and MS Excel™ based document called Final Project that is worth 30% of your grade.
Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder of the course website are the written assignment rubrics used to aid in the grading of each written assignment.
See Course Calendar for due dates.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Online discussions (10)—30%
- WA #1 - Conference Planning/Budget Assignment—15%
- WA #2 - Nursing Organization Annual Zero-base Budget Planning Assignment—15%
- WA #3 - Capital Budget Assignment—10%
- WA #4 - Final project—30%
All assignment will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of B or better, based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, papers, discussion postings, etc.).
Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points) or 5% of the total points will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion forum assignments must be done in the week they are due or points will be forfeited.
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
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- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
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- Suspension from the University
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