Master of Science Program Courses

Core Courses

N/NG603A Societal Forces Influencing Graduate Nursing Education and Practice
This course explores the dynamic issues and societal forces that require leadership for nursing practice. Included is the regulation of and the authority for graduate nursing practice (licensure, scope of practice, accreditation, certification, credentialing and education) coupled with the issues of advocacy, health disparities, health care economics and financing, health literacy, health policy, technological advancement, medical ethics, and the sociocultural factors influencing the health behaviors and health outcomes of the populations we serve. This course brings to life the Determinants of Health Framework to understand the factors impacting health and health outcomes. Using the Precede-Proceed and/or the Socio-Ecological Model, scientific evidence is researched and applied to reflect the modifiable determinants to improve the health of populations. 3 credits Corequisite: N/NG603A

N/NG603B Interprofessional and Population Health Community Service Learning Practicum and Seminar
This two-semester course provides students with an opportunity to apply interprofessional teamwork skills coupled with knowledge and experience with graduate nursing role development to population health/community service learning experiences with a medically underserved, vulnerable and/or high-risk population/community. Goals and objectives fromHealthy People 2020 will provide a basis for student assessment, intervention and evaluation of a specific health promotion or disease prevention strategy or program in the community. 1 credit Corequisite: N/NG603A

NG 603C Interprofessional Population Health Clerkship: Caring for Populations within their Communities - Practicum and Seminar
This two-week population health immersion introduces small teams of medical and graduate nursing students to the application of public health concepts to populations/communities as a unit of care. Student groups will work with academic and community faculty of a variety of disciplines to assess populations and communities as units of care to identify available and needed resources for the population of focus and advocate for at-risk populations to improve health outcomes. 1 credit Corequisite: N/NG603A.

N/NG604 Translating & Integrating Scholarship into Practice
This is a core course for the preparation of masters prepared nurses so they can learn to critically examine and seek evidence for practice, ethically translate current evidence and identify gaps in knowledge. This course will provide the masters prepared nurse with beginning theoretical and research-related knowledge (qualitative and quantitative) to challenge current practices, procedures and policies and critique published empirical evidence. 3 credits

N/NG704 Principles of Epidemiology
This course will provide students with concrete skills to understand and critique the medical literature. Students will learn about the various types of epidemiology study designs including their potential strengths and limitations. Using these skills, students will critique articles from the medical literature. Students will also work in groups to develop an epidemiology study design to address a clinical hypothesis. 3 Credits. Pre-Requisites or Co-requisite Course: Matriculated into UMass GSN or permission from the course director

N/NG719 Genetics, Genomics and Pharmacogenomics
This course provides an introduction to fundamentals of genetics, and genomics, including pharmacogenomics. Basic concepts and principles of genetics and genomics will be covered in these lectures, including course assignments involving quizzes and case studies. This course will also discuss integration of the basic concepts to enhance understanding, knowledge, application and utilization of these principles in clinical settings for education and practice. Perspectives on ethical, legal and socioeconomic issues for advanced practice nurses will also be addressed. Implications regarding personalized medicine and direct-to-consumer testing in regards to patient care and practice will be discussed. 3 credits

 

Advanced Practice Core Courses

N/NG613 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 credits

N/NG614 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
This course is designed to meet the needs of the advanced practice nurse prescriber in the primary and acute care setting, building upon previous and/or concurrent acquired knowledge from nursing, pathophysiology and other sciences. The development of clinical decision-making skills essential to safe and effective pharmacologic intervention is the focal point of the course. 3 credits

N/NG615A Advanced Health Assessment
This course further develops and integrates the health assessment competencies of interviewing, performing and documenting comprehensive and episodic health histories and physical examinations. Students will identify common symptoms, identify risk factors, incorporate appropriate health promotion and disease prevention strategies, formulate differential diagnoses and begin treatment plans for common acute and chronic illnesses. Critical thinking and clinical decision making is presented within the context of case studies and the comprehensive analysis of patient data and plan formulation. This is the theoretical didactic portion of advanced health assessment and forms a foundation of advanced clinical practice. 3 credits Corequisite: N/NG615B.

N/NG615B Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
This practicum assesses the student’s integration of techniques in physical examination through lab practice, performance exams and utilization of standardized patients. The integration of all didactic and performance components, including clinical decision-making skills, are demonstrated through successful role playing, case study analysis and an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE). 1 credit Corequisite: N/NG615A.

 

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Courses

N/NG630A Advanced Nursing Science: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Theory I
This course is the first of two advanced nursing science theoretical courses for the preparation of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. The focus of this course is on the development and refinement of the critical thinking skills necessary to achieve the APN domain and core competencies of the advanced practice nurse. Grounded in theory and evidence-based research, this course enhances the student’s knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention and management strategies needed to care for the adult-older adult patient and family experiencing acute, episodic and selected chronic health problems in the ambulatory and community settings. 6 credits Corequisite: N/NG630B.

N/NG630B Advanced Nursing Science: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Clinical Practicum I
This course is the first of two advanced nursing science clinical courses for the preparation of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. The focus is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse in ambulatory and community settings. The course enhances the student’s ability to apply theories, standards of practice and evidence-based research to the care of adult-older adult patients with acute and chronic health problems. The student implements the role activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, communication and professional role interaction. 4 credits Corequisite: N/NG630A

N/NG631A Advanced Nursing Science: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Theory II
This course is the second of two advanced nursing science theoretical courses for the preparation of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. The focus is on the refinement and synthesis of critical thinking skills used by the advanced practice nurse to articulate advanced practice nursing domain and core competencies. Grounded in theory and evidence-based practice, the course enhances the student’s knowledge and ability to analyze and manage the comprehensive care of the adult-older adult patient and family in ambulatory or community settings, and the professional and environmental issues influencing the health and care of the adult-older adult patient and the role of the advanced practice nurse. 6 creditsPrerequisites: N/NG630A and B. Corequisite: N/NG631B.

N/NG631B Advanced Nursing Science: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum II
This course is the second of two advanced nursing science clinical courses for the preparation of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. The focus is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse to provide best practices in ambulatory and community settings. Clinical activities assist students to translate and integrate theories, standards of practice and evidence-based research into the assessment and management of acute and chronic health problems for adult-older adult patients and families in ambulatory and community settings. The student implements activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, communication and professional role interaction. 3 credits Prerequisites: N/NG630A and B.Corequisite: N/NG631A.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Courses

N/NG640A Advanced Nursing Science: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Theory I
This course is the first of two advanced nursing science theoretical courses for the preparation of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. The focus of this course is on the development and refinement of the critical thinking skills necessary to achieve the APN domain and core competencies of the advanced practice nurse. Grounded in theory and evidence-based research, the course enhances the student’s knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention and management strategies needed to care for the patient and family experiencing acute and chronic health problems in hospital settings. 6 credits Corequisite: N/NG640B.

N/NG640B Advanced Nursing Science: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum I
This course is the first of two advanced nursing science clinical courses for the preparation of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. The focus is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse to provide best practices in hospital settings. Clinical activities assist students to translate and integrate theories, standards of practice and evidence-based research into the assessment and management of acute and chronic health problems for adult-older adult patients and families in hospital settings. The student implements activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, communication and professional role interaction. 4 credits Corequisite: N/NG640A.

N/NG641A Advanced Nursing Science: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Theory II
This course is the second of two advanced nursing science theoretical courses for the preparation of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. The focus is on the refinement and synthesis of critical thinking skills used by the advanced practice nurse to provide advanced practice nursing domain and core competencies. Grounded in theory and evidence-based practice, the course enhances the student’s knowledge and ability to analyze and manage the comprehensive care of the patient and family in hospital settings, and the professional and environmental issues influencing the health and care of the patient and the role of the advanced practice nurse. 6 credits Prerequisites: N/NG640A and B Corequisite: N/NG641B.

N/NG641B Advanced Nursing Science: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum II
This course is the second of two advanced nursing science clinical courses for the preparation of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. The focus is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse to provide best practices in hospital settings. Clinical activities assist students to translate and integrate theories, standards of practice and evidence-based research into the assessment and management of acute and chronic health problems for adult-older adult patients and families in hospital settings. The student implements activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, communication and professional role interaction. 3 credits Prerequisites: N/NG640A and B. Corequisite: N/NG641A and B.

Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Courses

N/NG 659 Advanced Nursing Science: Maternal & Child Care for the FNP
This course is the first of three advanced nursing science theoretical courses for the preparation of the family primary care nurse practitioner. The focus of this course is on the development of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve direct care and core competencies of the family primary care nurse practitioner. This course provides the foundation for the delivery of primary health care to maternal and child patient populations including infants, toddlers, school-age children, and pre-teens. Grounded in family nursing theory and evidence-based research, this course enhances the student’s knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention and management strategies needed to care for patients experiencing acute, episodic and selected chronic health problems in ambulatory and community settings. 4 Credits. Graduate Core Courses, 603A, 603B, 603C, 604, 704, 719 Graduate Entry Pathway courses, Advanced Pathophysiology 613, Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 614, Advanced Physical Assessment 615A and 615B or by permission of instructor

NG660A Advanced Nursing Science: Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Theory I
This course is the second of three advanced nursing science theoretical courses for the preparation of the family primary care nurse practitioner. The focus of this course is on the development and refinement of the critical thinking skills necessary to achieve the direct care and core competencies of the advanced practice nurse. Grounded in theory and evidence-based research, this course enhances the student’s knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention and management strategies needed to care for patients and their families experiencing acute, episodic and selected chronic health problems in ambulatory and community settings. 6 credits Corequisite: NG6660B.

NG660B Advanced Nursing Science: Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum I
This course is the first of two advanced nursing science clinical courses for the preparation of the family primary care nurse practitioner with the practice doctorate. The focus is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in ambulatory and community settings. The course enhances the student’s ability to apply theories, standards of practice and evidence-based research to the care of patients with acute and chronic health problems across the life span. The student implements the role activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, communication and professional role interaction. 4 credits Corequisites: N/NG660A.

NG661A Advanced Nursing Science: Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Theory III
This course is the third of three advanced nursing science theoretical courses for the preparation of the family primary care nurse practitioner. The focus is on the refinement and synthesis of critical thinking skills used by the advanced practice nurse to provide advanced practice nursing direct care and core competencies. Grounded in theory and evidence-based practice, the course enhances the student’s knowledge and ability to analyze and manage the comprehensive care of patients of all ages and the family in ambulatory community settings, and the professional and environmental issues influencing the health and care of the patient and the role of the advanced practice nurse. 6 credits Corequisite: N/NG661BPrerequisites: N/NG660A and B.

NG661B Advanced Nursing Science: Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum III
This course is the second of two advanced nursing science clinical courses for the preparation of the family primary care nurse practitioner. The focus is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse to provide best practices in ambulatory and community settings of children and adults. Clinical activities assist students to translate and integrate theories, standards of practice and evidence-based research into his/her assessment and management of acute and chronic health problems for patients and families in ambulatory and community settings. The student implements activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, communication and professional role interaction. 4 credits Prerequisites: N/NG660A and B.

Nurse Educator Courses (for Traditional Master’s, GEP, DNP and PhD students)

N/NG620 Advanced Nursing Science: Teaching and Curriculum Development for Nurse Educators
This course presents theoretical and evidence-based teaching theories, technologies and skills. Emphasis is placed on contemporary approaches to educating nurses in various settings with different learners. Nurse educator roles, theories of learning, curriculum development and research in nursing education are covered. 3 credits

N/NG 621B Clinical Practicum for Nurse Educators (270 Practicum hours)
This practicum offers the student the opportunity to enhance and refine their clinical appraisal, diagnostic reasoning and therapeutic intervention skills in the clinical area. Special emphasis is placed on the role of nurse educator in the clinical environment. Leadership and educational strategies to promote quality and safety in the clinical environment will be emphasized. 3 credits Prerequisites: N/NG620, Master of Science Year One courses.

N/NG622 Advanced Nursing Science: Advanced Instructional Methods for Nurse Educators
This course provides the student with an opportunity to analyze and apply a variety of classroom and clinical strategies. Emphasis is placed on contemporary student centered approaches including problem-based learning, reflection, distance learning and appropriate integration of technology within the curriculum. 3 credits Prerequisites for Master of Science students: N/NG620, or taken concurrently with N/NG620 or with permission of course faculty. No prerequisites for PhD students.

N623 Advanced Nursing Science: Identifying and Measuring Outcomes for Nurse Educators
The emphasis of this course is on identifying, measuring and achieving outcomes. Content builds upon Year One student and patient outcome evaluation content. Program outcome evaluation, test development and clinical evaluation strategies are included. Processes designed to promote performance improvement in health care and to enhance the graduate’s ability to function effectively in a health care organization are discussed. 3 credits Prerequisites: N/NG620, or permission of course faculty.

N624 Advanced Nursing Science: Systems Leadership for Nurse Educators 
This course examines organizational processes and structures designed to promote positive patient and educational outcomes. Grounded in theory and research, this course gives the student the opportunity to acquire knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to serve in a leadership role in an educational institution or a health care organization. 3 creditsPrerequisite: N/NG620

N625B Advanced Nursing Science: Academic Teaching Practicum for Nurse Educators (270 Practicum hours) 
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. 3 credits Prerequisites for traditional Master of Science students: 
N/NG620, N/NG621B, N/NG622, N/NG623 and N/NG624.

Elective Courses

N/NG590 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 on how the human body works and is intended for students in the fields of nursing and other allied health fields. 3 credits

N/NG 643 Advanced Diagnostics and Management of Common Conditions for Critically Ill and Injured Adults
The focus of this course is to prepare the Adult-Gerontology 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. 3 credits. Pre-requisites: Critical Care Nursing experience and Permission of faculty.

N/NG 643B Advanced Practice Critical Care Nursing Practicum
This course is the clinical practicum of the critical care subtrack to prepare nurse practitioner students to specialize in the care of critically ill patients.  The focus is on refining assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans needed by the advanced practice nurse to provide care to critically ill adult patients. The student will integrate evidence-based practice into holistic care plans, developed within the interprofessional team, to provide direct care to critically ill adults/older adults and their families under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. 1 credit. 

N/NG 644 Advanced Diagnostics and Management of Special Populations of Critically Ill and Injured Adults/Older Adults
This course focuses on the development and refinement of advanced critical thinking skills, and development of plans of care necessary to address the needs of special populations of critically ill adults-older adults**. Grounded in theory and evidence-based practice, the course enhances the student’s mastery of advanced concepts, knowledge of the diagnostics and collaborative management strategies needed to provide high quality care for patients experiencing specific critical illnesses and life threatening injuries, and their families.

**Special populations include, but are not limited to patients experiencing: Cardiogenic shock, cardiac surgery, neuro-critical care issues, critical care pregnancy conditions, burns, exposure to toxins & poisons, and immune-compromised patients, etc. 3 credits Pre-requisites: Critical Care Nursing experience and Permission of faculty

N/NG681 Advanced Practice Cardiovascular Nursing I
This course explores the theories of health promotion and disease management pertinent to cardiovascular nursing. It is intended to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide care to cardiovascular patients across health care settings. Health promotion strategies for high-risk cardiovascular patients are explored. Predisposing risk factors along with current treatment modalities for cardiovascular disease are discussed. 3 credits

N/NG682 Advanced Practice Cardiovascular Nursing II
The focus of this course is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal needed by the advanced practice nurse to effectively provide education and to manage adults with cardiovascular diseases. Risk factor identification and health promotion strategies incorporating the patient’s physiological and psychological responses to cardiovascular health problems and treatments are analyzed through clinical examples. Evidence-based research and the standards of care are synthesized to promote continuity of care throughout the cardiovascular patient’s trajectory of illness. 3 creditsPrerequisites: N/NG681 or permission of instructor.

N/NG682 B Advanced Practice Cardiovascular Nursing Practicum
This course is the clinical practicum of the cardiac subtrack to prepare nurse practitioner students to specialize in care of adults/older adults with cardiac conditions. The focus is on refining assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans by the advanced practice nurse to provide comprehensive care to adult patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular disease. The student will integrate evidence-based practice into holistic care plans, developed within the interprofessional team, to provide direct care to critically ill adults/older adults and their families under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. 1 credit

N/NG685 Living with Chronic Disease and Terminal Illness
Chronic or life-threatening illnesses, including the issues related to loss, grief, and palliative care, are a substantial portion of the nursing care and clinical practice that is provided in pediatric, adult, or geriatric populations. This course will explore the physical, psychological, social, ethical, and spiritual and existential issues raised by the prospect of long-term, disabling, life-shortening illnesses as well as death and bereavement. The focus of the course is on the psychological, behavioral and social aspects of chronic or terminal illness. It will equip the participants with the necessary understanding and skills to develop supportive advanced practice nursing care for this patient population. 3 credits

 N/NG686 Advanced Practice Oncology Nursing
This course will focus on cancer care knowledge, decision making and practices for advanced practice nurses caring for cancer patients in ambulatory, hospital and community settings. The course will examine cancer epidemiology, prevention, detection, treatment and professional practice. 3 credits

 N/NG 686 B Advanced Practice Nursing in Oncology Practicum
This course is the clinical component for the preparation of the advanced practice oncology nurse practitioner. The focus is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed for advanced practice nurses caring for patients with cancer in a variety of healthcare settings cancer detection, treatment, and survivorship in acute and chronic care will be emphasized. During a 90 hour practicum, the student will implement the role activities of the advanced practice oncology nurse demonstrating critical thinking, carrying out therapeutic interventions, clear communication and professional role interaction. 1 credit

N/NG691 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 are analyzed. Gender-based health issues and disparities and the role of the advanced practice nurse in dealing with these issues are examined. 3 credits

 N/NG699 Independent/Directed Study
This course is open to all graduate students. Plans for study must be submitted in advance of registration on a form obtained from the Graduate School of Nursing. The student must meet with a faculty member to establish goals and objectives outlining the independent/directed study; the number of credits given for the study will then be determined. The student may take more than one independent study course, but no more than nine credit hours may be applied toward the degree. 1-3 credits Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

N/NG724A Advanced Practice Nursing in Emergency Care  I
This theory course explores the knowledge needed for the Advanced Practice Nurse to work in urgent care settings.  The course prepares students to apply knowledge from the biological, physiological, psychological, social and nursing sciences to care for patients with acute illnesses and injuries in an urgent care or observation setting.  The course also reviews comprehensive care and evidence based practice for a variety of urgent illnesses and injuries requiring immediate and specialized care.  Students will interpret assessment findings and diagnostic test results, and apply clinical practice guidelines. Health promotion and prevention strategies for high risk and/or medically under-served patients are applied within the context of culture, family and community.  Students will develop skills needed to manage common injuries seen in urgent care settings. 3 credits. Pre-requisite 615A, 615B. co-requsite: N/NG724B or permission of instructor

N/NG724B Advanced Practice Nursing in Emergency Care Practicum I
This course is the clinical practicum to prepare the advanced practice nurse to care for patients with urgent health needs and acute exacerbations of chronic health problems. The focus of this course is on the development and refinement of clinical assessment and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse caring for acute illnesses and injuries in an urgent care setting. This course builds on the student’s health assessment skills, and further develops the student’s ability to diagnose and manage care of clients with acute health problems.  Students will develop management plans congruent with evidence based practice. Students will also have the opportunity to build skills in suturing and other minimally invasive procedures performed in urgent care settings. . 1 credit Prequisites: 615B, 615B. Corequisites: NNG724A or permission of instructor.

N/NG725A Advanced Practice Nursing  in Emergency Care II
This course focuses on the critically ill, unstable patient with emergent and life-threatening conditions in the emergency department. Comprehensive emergency services to manage complex emergent illnesses/injuries or that require immediate and/or specialized care performed in emergency rooms will be reviewed.  In addition, a focus on  global public health issues such as toxicologic illness, mass casualty management, disaster planning and pandemic care will be explored. 3 credits. Pre-Requisite: current BLS & ACLS certification,724 A & 724B, permission of instructor. Co-requisite 725B.

 N/NG725B Advanced Practice Nursing in Emergency Care Practicum II
This course is the second clinical practicum to prepare the advance practice nurse to care for patients with life threatening illnesses/injuries in an emergency department. The focus of this course is on the refinement of clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse in the emergency department caring for critically ill or seriously injured patients. This course enhances the student’s ability to apply evidence based practice to the care of clients with emergent acute health problems. The student practices in the role of the advanced practice nurse demonstrating critical thinking, therapeutic interventions, communication and professional role interactions within an interprofessional team. 1 credit. Co-requisite N/NG 725A or permission of instructor