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N613 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 Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm - 7:30pm. 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


This course is offered on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm – 7:30pm. 3 credits

N644 Advanced Practice Critical Care Nursing II

This course focuses on the development and refinement of advanced critical thinking skills, and the 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.
This course is offered on Tuesday from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Must have Critical Care Nursing experience and permission of instructor Dawn.Carpenter@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 discussed 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.
This course is offered on Tuesday evenings from 4:30pm – 7:30pm. This course requires permission by instructor Carol.Bova@umassmed.edu. 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 Online.  3 Credit

N611 Registered Nurse First Assist: Practicum

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply the 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.  Course Pre-requisite: N610 Registered Nurse First Assist to complete this clinical component.  This is a 3cr course.

N723H Quality and Patient Safety in Health Care Organizations

This course prepares the advanced practice nurse with the 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. Please contact jean.boucher@umassmed.edu 3 credits

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