Course Descriptions - Certificates

EDDS 601 Advocacy Issues Within Special Education (3 SH)

This course is designed to assist the teacher/nurse practitioner in recognizing the impact and importance of decision-making and the dynamics of advocacy. This course includes, but is not limited to, current topics in special education, self-determination by and for students, development of the essential professional advocacy competencies, advocating for students with special needs, the rights of children, and the inclusive setting. Students will participate in an exploration of advocacy websites, develop an online product such as a wiki, blog, Facebook page, etc. or a brochure to use in their professional practice when working with families and colleagues. In addition, students will develop a personal position on advocacy.

FS 501 Formation in God's Story I (3 SH) 

Formation in God's Story is the first in a series of formation classes, each of which offers a different focus as students attend to their personal, spiritual, and ministry formation while in seminary. This basic course, which stretches across the seminary year, provides time and space for students to pay prayerful attention to their formational journey through listening to their life narrative from birth until the present. Along with this story-listening, they will also locate their personal story in the larger story of God as recorded in scripture. Through reading, meditation, and biblical story-telling, they will internalize the flow of God's salvation story and attend to how God's story speaks to their own. Students will engage in the practice of spiritual disciplines and attend their spiritual formation in the context of God's story. They will develop a rhythm and rule of life that can bring a sense of wholeness and balance to the various parts of their life. Interwoven with these practices, they will also discern and reflect on God's presence and action in their life, meeting in guided small group sessions for listening and soul care. In keeping with EMS's holistic approach to formation, students will develop graduate-level academic reading, writing, and research skills through a series of assignments related to the content of this course. 

FS 502 Formation in God's Story II (3 SH)

In this second semester of Formation in God's Story students will continue their work of attending to their personal, spiritual, and ministry formation as they pay prayerful attention to their formational journey through listening to their life narrative, and locating their personal story in the larger picture of God's story as recorded in scripture - more specifically the New Testament narrative. Through reading, prayerful reflection, and biblical story-listening, they will internalize the flow of God's salvation story and attend to how God's story speaks to their own life story. Students will also continue to practice spiritual disciplines, attend to their spiritual formation in the context of God's Story, attend to their rhythm and rule of life, discern and reflect on God's presence and action in their life, and continue to meet in guided small group sessions for listening and soul care. This semester they will also pair up and meet regularly with a spiritual friend. Guidance will be offered as student discern the vocational goals that give shape to their learning process and selection of a ministry track for their seminary studies. 

This course examines the roles and responsibilities of school nurses and the laws governing the practice of school nursing. The importance of the school nurse’s responsibility to promote the health of students, enhance their ability to learn, and promote health among school personnel will be emphasized in this course. Current legal issues in school health as well as emerging roles and responsibilities of School Nurses will also be explored.

NURS 505 School Nursing: Theory and Diverse Learners (3 SH)

This course examines the roles and responsibilities of the school nurse in relation to promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health of school children. Management and evaluation of coordinated school health programs are discussed with an understanding for the need for outcome criteria. Principles of community health are applied. Significant emphasis will be placed on accommodations and adaptations for diverse learners. 

NURS 506 School Nursing: Practicum (3 SH)

This course follows the School Nursing: Theory and Diverse Learners course. In addition to the online learning activities, students will complete a 120 hour clinical practicum in various school settings. The dissemination of hours is as follows: 30 hours in the elementary setting, 30 hours in the middle school setting, 30 hours in the high school setting, and 30 hours with the diverse learner population. Clinical practicum assignments are individually planned with the approval of the course instructor. (Prerequisites: NURS 504 and NURS 505)

NURS 591 Advanced Faith Community Nursing (3 SH) 

This online course explores the personal and professional dimensions of spirituality and the process of developing a nurse ministry within a community of faith. The curriculum follows the guidelines recommended by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center and distributed by the Church Health Center. This course is based on the accepted philosophy and practice of Faith Community Nursing/Parish Nursing and examines he roots of health and healing found in many religious traditions. As a Faith Community Nurse, critical thinking skills are a necessary component of your ministry. Many of the activities are designed to further develop critical thinking skills as students explore the practice of nursing in the faith community and their ministry. Successful transition into the role of a faith community nurse will be fostered through faculty and peer coaching and support. 

SMCL 611 Pastoral Care (3 SH) 

A critical reflection on what it means to be a caregiver in the ministry of the church and broader community. Among the issues examined are the assumptions one brings to caregiving, the relationship between caregiving and counseling, and various models for pastoral care and counseling. Specific pastoral care events such as births, weddings and funerals are also explored. Professional and ethical issues related to caregiving and counseling are introduced. There will be a brief introduction of basic counseling skills. 

TRHS 541 Trauma, Restoration and Resilience in Healthcare Settings (3 SH)

This course will introduce the core concepts of adverse experiences, toxic stress, trauma, restoration, self-care, and resilience in the healthcare setting and provide a research-based, strength-based approach to creating a trauma-informed, resilience-fostering healthcare setting. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree.

TRHS 561 Neurobiology of Trauma (3 SH)

This course will provide a foundational understanding of the neurobiology of the human stress response. Exploration of neuroscience as it applies to psychosocial stress, resilience, and the cultivation of well-being. Various heuristics of the brain and central nervous system will be presented. The course will present the frame of Interpersonal Neurobiology as an integrative method of applying neurobiological principles in the field.

TRHS 571 Self-care and Resilience for Healthcare Providers (3 SH)

This course provides information and strategies for the development of self-care practices to address burnout, compassion fatigue, and promote resiliency. Strategies to serve students, meet professional goals, and maintain health and well-being will be developed. 

TRHS 621 Trauma-Informed Strategies for Healthcare Providers (3 SH)

Many clients in the clinical setting, in all genres of care may have, or may be, experiencing traumatic events. This can profoundly influence their client's health and well-being and response to care. The nurse may be unaware of the specific traumatic events impacting each client in the clinical setting and may, without knowledge and discernment, exacerbate the impacts of trauma. Traumatic events may cause a client to respond to therapy and care in ways that are more destructive than healing. When the nurse is well trained to identify signs of trauma, the nurse can initiate a care plan that provides with tools for resilience. This course will provide strategies to intervene in trauma-informed and restorative ways for healthcare providers, co-workers, and clients. Organizational environments that offer healing and restoration will be explored. 

TRHS 631 Research in Risk and Resilience (3 SH)

This course will examine current evidence-based research on trauma, risk and resiliency and protective factors for the healthcare provider and potential clients. Participants will research and review literature regarding the needs of the multiple populations and strategies to build resiliency in healthcare settings, for healthcare providers, co-workers, and clients.