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NURSNG 601: Advanced Nursing Concepts in Theory and Practice - Fawcett



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In keeping with academic honesty, students are NOT permitted to make a paper or electronic copy of NURS 601 examinations. You also may NOT keep a copy of your answers to the examinations.


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Course Web Site


The course syllabus, all PowerPoint slides, examinations, and any other course materials will be posted on the NURS 601 course web site on the Blackboard Learning System. To access the course web site, go to and follow the directions.

To login to Blackboard Learning System (BLS), use your username and password.

Your BLS username is your UMass Boston e-mail address.

Your BLS password is the same password as your UMass Boston e-mail password.



Course objectives: At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

1. Analyze the structure of nursing knowledge from an historical and contemporary basis.
2. Synthesize the theoretical basis of advanced nursing practice
3. Analyze concepts and theories from nursing and adjunctive disciplines as a basis for advanced practice nursing.
4. Evaluate the application of nursing models and theories n the current health care delivery system.

Relevant Nursing Master’s Degree Program Terminal Objectives

  • Apply theories from nursing and other disciplines to the advanced practice care of individuals and families.
  • Demonstrate competency in professional oral and written  communication.

Relevant AACN Essential

  • Essential V: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice



Methods of Instruction

Lecture, discussion, individual and group learning activities

Methods of Evaluation

Course Examinations 58 points maximum
Online Assignment      2 points maximum
Term Paper 40 points maximum

NOTE: THE FINAL COURSE GRADE IS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POINTS EARNED. Any term paper returned for revision will be re-graded. In the interest of fairness to students who do not have an opportunity to revise their papers, the final course grade will then be adjusted downward by one grade (e.g., total course points resulting in a letter grade of A- will be adjusted downward to a letter grade of B+).

Course Examinations (58 points maximum)

  • The six course examinations are objective tests, and include multiple choice, true and false, and matching questions. Each examination will be worth a maximum of 10 points. You may refer to textbooks and class notes when answering the examination questions.
  • Examinations must be completed individually and in keeping with the Academic Honesty Statement that will be distributed electronically with the e-mail announcement of the availability of each examination.
  • Each examination will be posted on the course web site and will be available for one week. The examination must be completed on the course web site by the due date.
  • Three attempts of no more than 2 hours each to complete each examination are allowed; the computer selects the highest grade from the completed attempts for the examination score.  


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