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Fall 2022 Courses for Credit - Registration IS CLOSED

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All Fall classes start on September 1, 2022

“All Continuing Education course fees must be paid within 72 hours. Applications will not be considered until all materials have been received and payment is submitted. If payment is not submitted within 72 hours applications will be withdrawn and applicants will need to re-apply.”

N610 Registered Nurse (RN) First Assistant Course

This course is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge of the pre, intra, and post-operative process.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of advanced knowledge involving principles of anatomy and physiology as well as the safe care of the patient in the peri-operative area.  A focus on the role of the registered nurse first 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.

3 credit course

3 mandatory in person classes with weekly online modules - Saturdays 9:00 to 4:00 pm

Please send resume and letter of intent to Maureen Wassef


N613 Advanced Pathophysiology

The focus of this course is on the interrelation of human systems and the effect that illness in one body system has on the functions of the whole person.  Concepts related to clinical physiology and research literature related to pathophysiology of various body systems are examined.  Pertinent literature related to nursing interventions associated with improved physiological status is analyzed.

3 credit course
This course is offered on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

This course requires a passing grade in a basic pathophysiology course prior to taking this course with special approval by Jean Boucher.



N625B Teaching Practicum for Nurse Educators

This practicum offers the student the opportunity to enact the role of the academic nurse educator and begin to synthesize leadership concepts into the academic environment.  The prerequisite courses provide a theoretical foundation for the application and synthesis activities that characterize clinical learning and leadership in a practice profession.  Philosophical and experiential issues specific to clinical and classroom instruction and leadership in nursing education are emphasized in seminar discussions. 

This course requires permission from a faculty member.  Please contact Maureen Wassef at Maureen.wassef@umassmed.edu to obtain permission prior to registration.  Upload the permission email in the registration. 

All students are required to take N 701, N 820 prior to taking this course.

3 credit course
This course is offered: Mutually agreed upon between student and faculty member (s) of record 

N670AH Psych Mental Health Nursing 1: Assessment and Diagnosis across the Lifespan

This course serves as an introduction to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness across the lifespan. The etiology, course, and management of common psychiatric symptoms frequently encountered in primary and mental health care settings will be addressed.   The student will access the most current clinical sources on assessment and diagnosis for psychiatric disorders using DSM-V diagnostic criteria, ICD coding, standardized guidelines and other mental health assessment tools.  Confounding and supportive influences on mental health and illness will be analyzed including the availability of biopsychosocial resources and economic, legal/ethical, and policy related variables. Emphasis is placed on the assessment of common psychiatric conditions.

3 credit course
This course requires special approval by Mechelle Plasse
This course is offered online.

N671H Psychotherapeutic Interventions I: Individual Therapy

This course is designed to explore the major psychotherapeutic approaches to individual therapy and focuses on the legal and ethical issues and the therapeutic role of the advance practice psychiatric ¿mental health nurse in providing care to individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.  Strategies for intervention will include development of therapeutic relationships, crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, recovery-oriented philosophies, trauma-informed care, SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) CBT (cognitive- behavioral therapy), brief psychotherapy and use of complimentary modalities for individuals. Emphasis will be placed on health promotion, illness prevention, crisis care and follow-up strategies among diverse populations for persons receiving advanced psychiatric and mental health nursing care.

1 credit course
Online Course. 

N704H Principles of Epidemiology

This course will provide students with concrete skills to understand and critique the medical literature. Students will learn the various types of epidemiologic study designs including their potential strengths and weaknesses. Using these skills, students will critique articles from the medical literature. Students will also work in groups to design a hypothetical epidemiology study to address a healthcare quality issue. 

3 Credit Course
Meets online REMOTE ZOOM three Saturdays during Fall Semester
The course requires special approval by Jean.Boucher@umassmed.edu

N804 Survey and Measurement in Research

This course focuses on survey methods, measurement theory and the process of instrument evaluation, refinement, and development. There will be an emphasis on the interaction of conceptual, methodological, cultural, pragmatic considerations hat are essential to understand when measuring variables among clinical populations. Topics include survey design; scale development, item construction, psychometric evaluation of scales, data collection procedures and sampling strategies.

3 credit course

Permission from course director required: E-mail

This course is offered Tuesdays 9:00 - 12:00 am