New graduate online courses in genetics

Two elective courses, one focusing on the basics of genetics/genomics, and the other one exploring genetics in personalized health care will be offered online by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing this fall.

The two courses, Foundations of Genetics/Genomics in Health Care and Genetics in Clinical Practice, will be taught by Assistant Professor Laurie M. Connors, DNP, APNG, FNP-BC, AGN-BC.

Foundations of Genetics/Genomics in Health Care is a three-credit hour course and Genetics in Clinical Practice is a two-credit hour course. Both online courses will be asynchronous and are open to any students enrolled in a graduate or doctoral degree program.

For more information, contact Dr. Connors at 615-323-7371 laurie.m.connors@vanderbilt.edu)

Course Descriptions

Genetics in Clinical Practice (NURS8073)
This elective course focuses on the genetic basis of disease, genetic risk assessment and counseling, clinical genetics and management guidelines. The course will serve as the basis for the health care professional to holistically integrate genetic/genomics, epigenetics, and scientific concepts into personalized health care. This course is provided for doctoral and graduate students and offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

The course is based on the Essential Competencies in Genetics and Genomics for Nurses with Graduate Degrees. It will prepare students to formulate health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment strategies that integrate genetic and genomic knowledge for individuals and populations. (https://www.genome.gov/pages/health/healthcareprovidersinfo/grad_gen_comp.pdf)
Total Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Course Delivery Method: Asynchronous and online
Level: Graduate and doctoral students of any discipline
Course Prerequisites and Corequisites: Admission into any graduate or doctoral degree program.

Foundations of Genetics/Genomics in Health Care (NURS8074)
This elective course focuses on the molecular basis of genetic disease, inheritance of disease and distribution of genetic diseases in populations. The course aims to expose students in the health sciences to genetic/genomic concepts for integration in clinical care and research endeavors. The ethical, legal and social implications of genetic testing will be addressed along with the available technology and applications of data science. This course is provided for doctoral and graduate students and offered during the fall and spring semesters.
Total Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Course Delivery Method: Asynchronous and online
Level: Graduate and doctoral students of any discipline

Course Faculty:
Laurie Connors, DNP, APNG, FNP-BC, AGN-BC 603B Godchaux Hall Office 615-343-7371 laurie.m.connors@vanderbilt.edu

Image: National Human Genome Research Institute