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Spring 2022 Courses for Credit - Registration is closed.

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All Spring classes start on January 10, 2022

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.

N671 Psychotherapeutic Interventions I: Individual Therapy

This course is designed to explore the major psychotherapeutic approaches to individual therapy and focuses on the legal and ethical issues and the therapeutic role of the advance practice psychiatric - mental health nurse in providing care to individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Strategies for intervention will include development of therapeutic relationships, crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, recovery-oriented philosophies, trauma-informed care, SBIRT(Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) CBT (cognitive- behavioral therapy), brief psychotherapy and use of complimentary modalities for ind1v1duals. Emphasis will be placed on health
promotion, illness prevention, crisis care and follow­ up strategies among diverse populations for persons receiving advanced psychiatric and mental health nursing care.

1 credit 

Online via zoom. Evening class. Day of the week TBD. 

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 1/18, 2/15, 3/22 and 4/19 from 5pm - 6pm
This is a 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.

Three Saturday classes.

Instructor permission required. Please contact jean.boucher@umassmed.edu 

This is a 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.

N823 Stewarding the Discipline

This course will delve into the key (a) historical issues in nursing, (b) programs of research in nursing science and (c) visions for disciplinary leadership.   Identification of the uniqueness of nursing science will provide a basis for understanding nursing’s core disciplinary knowledge and provide a framework for future knowledge development.  

Tuesdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course is 3 credits

Requires premission of the instructor teri.aronowitz@umassmed.edu