Focuses on philosophical and theoretical foundations of advanced nursing practice. An emphasis is placed on concepts, conceptual models, and theories as they have developed in nursing, as well as theoretical foundations from related disciplines. The relationships between theory, research and clinical practice is analyzed. Ethical, cultural, legal and political issues and their impact on the profession and the delivery of health care are discussed from a variety of perspectives. Graduates are prepared to wholistically care for a variety of clients incorporating a theory basis for their practice.