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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 is an online3 credit module with onsite clinical practicum. Students must have competed N610. 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. 3 credits  

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. Currently this course is offered in class but due to the current conditions maybe changed to a Hybrid 3 credits course. This course requires prior approval of instructor contact Karen.dick@umassmed.edu
This course is offered on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-7:30 pm.
3 credits

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 as on-line.  3 Credits
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 on the following Tuesday evenings from 5pm - 6pm: 1/9, 2/16, 3/23 and 4/10.
3 Credit Course

N723H Quality and Patient Safety in Health Care Organizations

This course prepares the advanced practice nurse with a DNP with the knowledge, theory and organizational science concepts necessary to design and evaluate performance improvement in health care organizations related to quality and safety. Prerequisite requirement: Must be a Master’s prepared Certified Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Administrator. Instructor permission required. Three Saturday classes. Please contact jean.boucher@umassmed.edu 3 credits

N802 Advanced Quantitative Methods

The quality indicators for quantitative research designs will be highlighted with emphasis on theappropriateness of purpose, design, sampling methods, data collection, measurement, and data analysis. Threats to internal and external validity will be considered. Design, implementation, management, analysis and dissemination of descriptive, experimental, quasi-experimental, and intervention research will be analyzed. Big data, data science and the future of quantitative nursing research will be explored. Currently this course is offered in class but due to the current conditions maybe changed to a Hybrid. This course requires prior approval of instructor contact nancy.morris@umassmed.edu
Tuesdays 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
3 Credit Course

N803 Theory: Critical Analysis and Application

This course focuses on the critical analysis of theories, concepts, frameworks, and models for research. Emphasis is on analysis, including application of criteria for evaluating concepts in research and theory development. Currently this course is offered in class but due to the current conditions maybe changed to a Hybrid. This course requires prior approval of instructor contact Donna.perry@umassmed.edu
Tuesdays 1:00 to 4:00 pm
3 Credit Course

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.  
3 Credit Course