College Credit - Summer Courses

N551 Foundations of Critical Care Nursing

This course prepares registered nurses with classroom, laboratory and simulation education and training to care for critically ill adult/older adult patients and their families. The content is designed to augment knowledge from undergraduate nursing programs to allow safe delivery of competent, professional and patient centered nursing care. The course expands knowledge and skills for nurses to recognize and manage life threatening illnesses, injuries, medical sequelae, and goals of care in critically ill adult-older adult patients and position the patient and their families for optimal outcomes.
This course is offered on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. 3 credits

N623 Advanced Nursing Science: Identifying and Measuring Outcomes for Nurse Educators

The emphasis of this course is on identifying, measuring and achieving outcomes. Content builds upon Year One student and patient outcome evaluation content. Program outcome evaluation, test development and clinical evaluation strategies are included. Processes designed to promote performance improvement in health care and to enhance the graduate’s ability to function effectively in a health care organization are discussed.
This course is offered on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm – 7:30pm and is a Hybrid course.
This course requires permission of instructor Maureen.Wassef@umassmed.edu. 3 credits

N632 Advanced Practice Palliative Care Nursing

This course, grounded in theory and based on the DNP essentials, will explore the domains of palliative care interventions to improve care for patients and families with serious life threatening or terminal illness. The participants will be prepared with the basic knowledge to integrate palliative care in their role as DNP/APRN.
This course is offered on Monday evenings from 4:30pm – 7:30pm. 3 credits

N686 Advanced Practice Oncology Nursing

This course will focus on cancer care knowledge, decision making and practices for advanced practice nurses caring for cancer patients in ambulatory, hospital and community settings. The course will examine cancer epidemiology, prevention, detection, treatment and professional practice.
This course is offered on Tuesday evenings from 4:40pm – 7:30pm. 3 credits

N691 Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health

This elective graduate nursing course provides the advanced practice nursing student with a theoretical foundation to provide evidence-based care to women and will focus on a variety of issues specific to their health care. Specific concerns of women across the lifespan and the effects of culture and environment on women’s health are analyzed. Gender-based health issues and disparities and the role of the advanced practice nurse in dealing with these issues are examined.
This course is offered on Tuesday evenings from 4:30pm – 7:30pm and is a Hybrid course. 3 credits

N804 Survey & Measurement in Health Research

This is an advanced, graduate-level course that focuses on measurement theory and the processes of instrument evaluation, refinement and development. This course explores the use of quantitative and qualitative procedures to measure clinically important variables. In addition, emphasis is posited upon the interaction of conceptual, methodological, cultural and pragmatic considerations that are essential to understand when measuring variables among clinical populations.
This course is offered on Tuesday mornings from 9:00am – 1:00pm. This course requires a prerequisite of N815 Data Analysis and permission by instructor Carol.Bova@umassmed.edu. 3 credits

N812 Health Literacy Research & Practice

This course focuses on examining and analyzing the concept of health literacy, with an emphasis on the relationship of health literacy to one’s ability to manage and optimize their health. The association of health literacy to health disparities and health outcomes will be explored. Challenges in conducting health literacy research and challenges inherent in providing quality care to those with limited health literacy will be examined. Evidence based individual and organizational approaches to mitigate the effects of limited health literacy will be addressed.
This course is only offered even years on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. This course requires permission by instructor Nancy.Morris@umassmed.edu. Open only to graduate students.
3 credits

N814 Genomics for Clinical Practice and Research

This course provides the foundation to use genetics and genomic concepts in advanced practice and clinical research. The principles of human and molecular genetics including variations, patterns of inheritance and multifactorial inheritance will be discussed. Gene action and expression, cytogenetics, the Human Genome Project, genetics terminology and basic principles of laboratory methods used in genetics and genomics will be examined. The evolving principles of epigenetics, nutrigenomics, and pharmacogenomics in patient care and research will be explored with attention given to the associated ethical, legal and social implications. Inherited and acquired health conditions will be used to illustrate the impact of genetics and genomics on nursing practice and on opportunities for research.
This course is offered ONLINE with three synch sessions on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. This course requires permission by instructor Jean.Boucher@umassmed.edu. 3 credits

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