ACADEMICS

  • 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:

    • Growth of and Disease Caused by the Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Growth and Disease Characteristics of the Bacterium Yersenia pestis, a.k.a. “The Plague”
    • Paternal Postnatal Depression: The Role of the Nurse
    • Reducing CAUTI
    • Growth and Disease Characteristics of the Bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the Causative Agent of Lyme Disease
    • The Influence of Shaken Baby Syndrome Education on Parents and the Community
    • Multi-Modal Approach in Post-Operative Pain Relief in School-Aged Children
    • Development of a Health Promotion Program - Targeting Adolescent Behaviors and Attitudes Toward Prescription Opioids
    • Strategies and Challenges for Provision of Youth-Friendly Health Services