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Spring 2023 Courses for Credit

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REGISTRATION opens Sept. 12th & closes Dec. 22nd

All Spring classes start on January 9, 2023

“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 If payment is not submitted within 72 hours applications will be withdrawn and applicants will need to re-apply.”

N611 Registered Nurse First Assist: Practicum

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply theoretical foundations of the pre, intra, and post-operative environment from N610 to the clinical setting. A minimum number of 270 of preceptor monitored direct patient clinical hours are required. Emphasis on developing advanced psychomotor skills such as tissue handling, suturing, and hemostasis in relation to the surgical patient. 

This course requires prior approval of instructor contact Maureen.wassef@umassmed.edu

Online module with on-site clinical practicum.
Must have completed N610.
This is a 3 credit course.

N613H 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.

This course is offered on-line.
This is a 3 credit course.  

N614 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

This course emphasizes the pharmacological knowledge required by the advanced practice nurse to safely treat patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Students apply knowledge of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of select medications to the management of common health conditions occurring in pre-and post–natal women, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Ethical and legal aspects of advanced nursing practice prescribing will be fully addressed. This course will provide the basis for safely and effectively incorporating drug therapy to optimize health outcomes.

BSN students recommended to take Advanced Pathophysiology first.

This course requires prior approval of instructor contact susan.feeney@umassmed.edu

This course is offered on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-7:30 pm.
Currently this course is offered in class but due to the current conditions maybe changed to a Hybrid.

This is a 3 credit course.

N673H Psychopharmacology

This survey course aims to educate advanced practice nurses to the rudiments of safe and effective prescribing practices in the treatment of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan.  The course utilizes a symptom management framework that integrates concepts from psychobiology with pathophysiology of the psychiatric diseases.  Emphasis is placed on gaining a fundamental understanding of the hypothesized compliment between the pathophysiological basis of the disease state and mechanism of action of drugs as a basis for rational selection of pharmacologic treatment.  Current standards of practice and treatment algorithms are emphasized in helping the student develop a working knowledge of psychopharmacology for practice.

Pre-requisite: Advanced Pharmacology.

This course is offered on-line. This is a 3 credit course.

This course needs permission by the instructor, please email Mechelle Plasse

N701 Teaching Strategies and Evaluation for the HealthCare Educator

This course provides the student with an opportunity to analyze and apply a variety of classroom and clinical teaching strategies Emphasis is placed on the alignment of instructional strategies with course objectives as well as the selection of evaluation methods to directly assess student learning. 

Online with Zoom calls 4 Tuesday evenings from 5pm - 6pm
This is a 3 credit course

N717H Health Care Quality & Informatics

This introductory course will expose learners to science improvement concepts and the use of informatics necessary to design and to evaluate improvement in health care organizations.  The focus will be on organizational improvement science and the use of data, systems, and tools to augment healthcare improvement processes and its translation from research. This course will prepare the learner to lead and design health care improvement while leveraging technology and tools to catalyze the advancement of nursing practice and health care delivery.

Three Saturday hybrid online classes.

3 credit course

N808 Health Policy

This seminar provides the student with advanced knowledge in health policy analysis and appraisal of critical health care issues essential to the role of nurse researcher, scholar, clinical leader and political alliance builder. Specifically, the student will evaluate commonly used frameworks for policy analysis and apply knowledge gained to a range of prominent, contemporary health care issues. The student will appraise existing and proposed health policy within a social, political and economic context. The student will make policy recommendations based on evidence and a reasoned argument.

This course is offered Tuesdays 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

This course requires permission by instructor Donna.perry@Umassmed.edu

3 credits

N815 Statistical Analysis of Data

This course provides the student with an introduction to inferential statistics. Emphasis is placed on practical application, rather than mathematical theory. Topics include t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), repeated measures ANOVA and mixed ANOVA, multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), correlations and scatter plots and regression analyses. Currently this course is offered in class but due to the current conditions may be changed to a Hybrid.

This course requires prior approval of instructor contact James.fain@umassmed.edu

Tuesdays 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Currently this course is offered in class but due to the current conditions maybe changed to a Hybrid.

This is a 3 credit course.

N826 Scientific Writing

The students in this course will focus on the writing process. Instructions for writing correctly and with appropriate style in addition to detailing how to structure a paper and present data will be emphasized. Using practical examples and exercises this course will teach students to become more effective scientific writers. Topics will include but are not limited to principles of good writing, the format of a scientific manuscript, ethical responsibilities of authorship, issues in publication and peer review, and strategies for productive writing.

In class Tuesdays 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

3 credits