Message from the Dean

DeansMessage The mission of the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) at the University of Massachusetts Worcester (UMW) is to prepare nurse scientists, advanced practice nurses, and nurse leaders who together will improve the health care of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. Consistent with our public mission, the GSN focuses on care to the underserved. This is accomplished through partnerships with UMass Memorial Health Care and Commonwealth Medicine, the public, nonprofit consulting organization founded by UMW to help state agencies and health care organizations enhance the value, access and delivery of care for at-risk populations. 

UMass Worcester consists of three schools: the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing. The GSN’s distinct focus and location generate many interprofessional opportunities for collaborative graduate education, research and practice. The GSN is distinctive as the only publicly funded nursing school in the commonwealth with a sole focus on graduate nursing education. It is also one of only three nursing schools in New England based at an academic health sciences center, sharing campus resources and facilities with its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Medical Center, part of UMass Memorial Health Care.

The GSN’s educational approach promotes lifelong learning through partnerships and interprofessional collaboration in an academic health center environment. The new Albert Sherman Center will enhance the learning environment and add designated learning community space and experiential learning capacity. The GSN’s nurse practitioner tracks lead the way in hospital and community-based practice. The nurse educator program prepares graduates with the knowledge to develop contemporary educational programs in the hospital or academic setting. The Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP) provides the opportunity for individuals with non-nursing degrees to pursue a career as advanced practice nurses. Many of our GEP students choose the nurse practitioner tracks that contribute to meeting the well-documented shortage of primary care providers.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares advanced nursing practice leaders for careers in health care settings with diverse populations and education settings for professional nursing programs. The PhD program prepares the next generation of nurse scientists who are critical to discovering the knowledge that supports the highest quality patient care through evidence-based nursing practice. The majority of our PhD graduates pursue academic careers in the public college and university setting, filling a critical role in developing the nurses of the future.

GSN graduates are recruited as clinical providers in the acute and primary care settings, and as faculty for all levels of nursing education. Doctoral graduates hold faculty, research and high-level nursing executive positions locally and nationally. As the dean of the GSN, I am proud to represent the ongoing legacy of commitment and service to the citizens of our region. I invite you to learn more about the GSN’s unique and challenging programs in the pages of this catalogue.

Paulette Seymour Route, PhD, RN 

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