These courses, taken within 7 years (5 years for Advanced Pharmacology), will be recognized if the student has earned a B or better, if the course is judged to be equivalent in content and credit, and if the course is at the graduate and APN level. Depending on their previous courses, some students may need to complete some or all of these prerequisite courses before advancing to the specialty area. Clinical experience: All students in the 21-credit option must complete 600 hours of documented supervised clinical experience. Students in the 12-credit option must complete 300 hours of clinical experience. Students need to arrange their own clinical experiences. All practicum experiences are subject to the approval of the program directors. The agency must be under contract agreement with the UMass/Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences and that working agreement will be facilitated by the Placement Office prior to the start of the clinical course. Students are advised that preceptors must be either master’s-prepared NPs, physician assistants (PAs) or physicians with evidence of current licensure.
Grading basis: No courses taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory may be applied toward the program. Statute of limitations: Four years.