• Nursing Applied Learning

    Located in the dynamic health sciences hub of Worcester, Worcester State University has long-standing relationships with more than 100 health-care organizations where you will apply your nursing knowledge directly. Our partners include acute-care hospitals, public-health agencies, long-term care providers, assisted living facilities, primary-care practices, school health offices, visiting nurse and home-care agencies, and occupational health providers. These challenging real-world opportunities will help you sharpen your skills and gain valuable professional experience and contacts. Many of our students secure jobs as a result of their clinical practice.

    Each semester, the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing places undergraduate students in more than 50 clinical settings—including UMass Memorial Health Care hospitals, Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, and the Worcester Public Schools—where they gain experience in long-term care, medical surgical, maternity, pediatrics, psychiatric/ mental health, community/public health, and school nursing. 

    Our graduate nursing programs foster an appreciation for deeper learning by requiring students in both specialty tracks to complete a practicum requirement implementing new research projects or health-care programs. From raising awareness about toxins in the environment to health literacy for immigrants, you will be actively improving healthcare delivery locally and regionally during your Worcester State studies.

    We recognize both undergraduate and graduate research at our annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. Recent projects include:

    • Focus on Cancer-Causing or Cancer-Associated Microbes, Salmonella enterica and Hepatitis C Viruses
    • Exploring Community Perceptions of Childhood Obesity
    • The Impact of Community-Administered Naloxone on Opioid Overdose
    • Educational Discharge Tools for Patients Suffering from Multiple Sclerosis
    • Adolescent Backpack Use and Its Relationship to Overall Spinal Health
    • Importance of Post-Hospital Discharge Follow-Ups by Registered Nurses in Primary Care Offices