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Continuing Education Classes

As healthcare evolves and the nurse's role on the interprofessional patient care team increasingly becomes more critical, it is important for nurses to stay current with best practices and emerging research. UMass Medical School's Graduate School of Nursing, centrally located in Worcester, and the only graduate nursing school in MA affiliated with an academic health science center, provides the working nurse with a continuing education curriculum combining clinical expertise, contemporary research, and on-line/in-person learning flexibility. 

UMass GSN Continuing Education (CE) Courses are provided to allow students (non-matriculated students) the opportunity to take a course to further their professional and/or academic goals. Courses are available for the traditional learner on campus and for the non-traditional learner who seeks opportunities for online learning.  A non-matriculated student is not considered to be registered in a degree program at the Graduate School of Nursing at UMass Worcester and may not take a course as an audited course unless approved by the GSN.

At the Graduate School of Nursing, we pride ourselves on our clinical faculty recognized as experts in their field. Continuing education faculty like Tereza, Margaret, Melissa, Chris, and Rose live the GSN mission of transforming nursing, promoting health, encouraging student achievement, and promoting human dignity. We leverage leading educational technologies for the online experience, and being located on the UMass Medical School Campus we have access to world-class facilities and simulation centers to prepare nurses for their new career paths. 

Highlighted Courses

Periop 101Periop 101

Our Perioperative Nursing Course (PeriOp 101) is also designed for the working nurse: our faculty work collaboratively with the student to arrange practicums to fit your location and schedule. Furthermore, students are given the opportunity to pick a practicum area that best suits their career path. Upon course completion, RNs will receive certification in Perioperative Nursing and a free, one-year membership to the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

woman looking at medicinePharmacology Update in Women's Health

This two hour course will provide the learner with an overview of the latest medications that are commonly prescribed for women across the lifespan. The information will be linked to the newest guidelines on a variety of women's health conditions and implications for nursing practice and policy will be included.

RNFA Registered Nurse (RN) First Assist: Theoretical Foundations

This course is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge of the peri-operative process. Emphasis will be placed on the development of advanced knowledge involving principles of anatomy and physiology, as well as the care of the patient in the peri-operative area. A focus on the role of the registered nurse first time assist will provide the basis for maximizing patient outcomes. This course is based on the guidelines set forth by the Association of Peri-operative Registered Nurses.