(Prerequisite, PY 520, or MA 341, or BU 255 or statistics course acceptable to the department of nursing, concurrent enrollment in NU 431.) This theory course focuses on the use of evidence-based practice in nursing and emphasizes the research process as a method of inquiry. Content addresses relationships between nursing or health-related theories and research, identification of nursing problems amenable to research, ethical considerations of research, preliminary steps in the research process, research designs, methods of data collection and analysis, and means of disseminating research findings. Emphasis is given to developing the student?s ability to critique evidence and research findings and to make decisions about the utilization of nursing and health related research based findings.