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Summer 2022 Courses for Credit - Registration is closed

Summer Courses for Credit

All Summer classes start on May 8, 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 If payment is not submitted within 72 hours applications will be withdrawn and applicants will need to re-apply.”

N525C Nursing IV: Clinical Capstone: Leadership Management

This course focuses on the professional role of the nurse as a collaborator, leader and provider of care with nursing colleagues and other members of the interprofessional health care team, and within the context of complex health care systems.

3 credits

Course is only available to accepted students entering the PGO to DNP program

N590 Human Physiology

This is a review course on basic principles of physiology that cover the functions of the human body with emphasis on the nervous, endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems. The course will provide a broad view of the current knowledge of how the human body works. This course is intended for students in the field of nursing and other allied health fields.

3 Credits

N632H Integrating Palliative Care Across the Continuum

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 into their role as DNP/APRN.

This course is offered on-line Tuesdays from 4:30pm – 7:30pm

3 credits

N638H 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-line. Six Wednesdays from 9:00am – 4:00 pm

3 credits

N643 Advanced Practice Critical Care Nursing I

The focus of this course is to prepare the AdultGerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student to provide care for critically ill patients. The focus of this course is on the development and refinement of advanced critical thinking skills necessary to master advanced concepts in critical care. Grounded in theory and evidence-based practice, the course enhances the student’s knowledge of diagnostic and collaborative management strategies needed to provide high quality care for adult/older adult patients with common life-threatening illnesses and injuries and their families.

Permission from course director required:  E-mail

This course is offered on campus Wednesdays 4:30pm – 7:30pm

3 credits

N673H Clinical Psychopharmacology

This survey course aims to educate advanced practice nurses to be 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 the pathophysiology of 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. Must be an NP 

Permission from course director required: E-mail

This course is offered online day/time TBD

3 credits

 

N685H Living with Chronic Conditions and Terminal Illness

This course will explore the physical, psychological, social, ethical, spiritual and existential issues raised by the prospect of long-term, disabling, lifeshortening conditions and illnesses as well as death and bereavement. It will prepare the participants with the necessary understanding and skills to develop supportive advanced practice nursing care for pediatric, adult and geriatric populations across settings.

This course is offered online Wednesday 4:30–7:30 pm
With two synchronous dates May 12th 4:30-6:00 pm and July 14th 4:30-7:30 pm

3 credits

N686H Advanced Practice Oncology Nursing

This course will explore the physical, psychological, social, ethical, spiritual and existential issues raised by the prospect of long-term, disabling, lifeshortening conditions and illnesses as well as death and bereavement. It will prepare the participants with the necessary understanding and skills to develop supportive advanced practice nursing care for pediatric, adult and geriatric populations across settings.

This course is offered online Tuesdays from 4:30pm – 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 will be analyzed. Gender-based health issues and disparities and the role of the advanced practice nurse in dealing with these issues are examined.

This is a hybrid course offered on Wednesdays 5:00pm – 8:00pm 
Will meet synchronously 4 times: 5/12, 5/26, 6/9, 7/7

3 credits

N693H Contemporary Issues for Women’s Health II: Care of the Women with Complex Gynecological Issues

The course focuses on developing expanded knowledge and refining critical-thinking skills of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) to address the needs of women experiencing gynecological health issues. Complex gynecological and sexualreproductive health concerns of women across the lifespan will be analyzed with an emphasis on enhancing the role of the APN in assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management of these conditions and the promotion of patient coping and restorative strategies.

This course is offered online Tuesdays 9:00am – 12:00pm

3 credits

N708H Organizational Systems and Health Care Financing

This course expands the students' understanding of system theory and healthcare finances/economics. Students will explore current global, technological, socioeconomic and organizational factors that impact the delivery of high-quality health care. This course will expand upon expert clinical knowledge and enable students to engage with other interdisciplinary team members in developing and evaluating contemporary approaches to clinical practice within health care organizations.

Permission from course director required: E-mail

This course is offered online day/time TBD

3 credits

N715H Analytical Foundations of Practice Inquiry

This course provides an overview on the logic and appropriate use of statistical techniques as well as enhancing data analysis and interpretation abilities through examples taken from practice and health care literature. The range of topics include most univariate parametric and nonparametric procedures with an emphasis on the knowledge of specific techniques, appropriate use, interpretation of results from statistical software (i.e., SPSS), and evaluation/interpretation of published research results using statistical procedures. 

Permission from course director required: E-mail

This course is offered online.

3 credits

N812 Health Literacy in Research and 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 disparaties 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 organizaional approaches to mitigate th eeffect of limited health literacy will be addressed.

3 credit

Tuesday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Hybrid Course

N814H 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.

Permission from course director required: E-mail

This is an online course

3 credits

N819 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis

This course builds on prior course work in qualitative methods and places specific emphasis on interviewing skills, participant observation, data management, and data analysis. The process for intricately managing and iteratively analyzing qualitative data to allow descriptive and useful emergent latent or manifest findings that are congruent with the study purpose and aims will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to representing data findings including oral and written presentation of qualitative findings as well as ethical considerations. There will be opportunities to have hands-on practice in conducting data management and analysis with differentiation among several qualitative approaches.

3 Credits

This course requires permission of instructor Susan.Sullivan-Bolyai@umassmed.edu

N820H Essentials for Academic Health Educators

This course presents evidence-based theories, strategies, and skills for individuals interested in the role of faculty in programs preparing students for health professions.  Contemporary issues and approaches to educating students with diverse learning needs will be addressed from assessment for learning styles to evaluation of outcomes.  Societal influences on the curriculum development process are highlighted along with strategies for enhancing academic career development. 

This course is offered online Tuesdays 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Synchronous zoom classes: May 11th & 25th; June 8th & 22nd

3 credits