The Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) program produces graduates who have the knowledge, values, attitudes and competencies reflecting the philosophy, nature and scope of nursing in northern rural and remote areas. The program provides learners with opportunities to understand discovery, integration, application and dissemination of knowledge delimited by rigor and ethical integrity. The learner will develop a richer understanding of the discipline of nursing and its relationship to the context of health care service delivery and policy issues. The program also broadens learners' understanding of nursing by encouraging them to engage with scholars from other departments and disciplines as well as those with other professional experiences.
There are two streams in the MScN program, a thesis stream and a major research project stream. The thesis stream places emphasis on developing research abilities. The project stream focuses on the application and utilization of research evidence in practice. Both streams prepare the learner for research/academic career paths and dealing with nursing challenges.
The program consists of four core courses and two electives. Additionally, the thesis stream involves completion of two thesis courses. In contrast, the major research project stream involves completion of a clinical project in two Advanced Practice courses. Learners are expected to design their program of study to align with faculty expertise and available resources. Graduates of either stream would be eligible for doctoral programs.
The faculty's purposeful use of educational technologies enables learners to study from a distance. Depending on the course, however, learners may be required to come to campus a few times during the term for face-to-face interaction between learners and faculty. Throughout the graduate nursing curriculum, a variety of creative teaching/learning activities are implemented. Most notably, the integration of technology into the process of teaching and learning is enabling new methods and models of instructions. Using technology (e-mail, electronic bulletin board system, teleconferencing) allows learners to exchange knowledge, access expertise and reference material, and interact for peer support.
Program of Study
I. Thesis Stream
•NURS-5005EL - Thesis I (6 cr.)
•NURS-5015EL - Thesis II (6 cr.)
II. Advanced Practice Stream (non-thesis stream)
III. Core Courses
•NURS-5106EL - Nursing Research I (3 cr.)
•NURS-5107EL - Nursing Research II (3 cr.)
IV. Nursing Electives
•NURS-5206EL - Family Nursing (3 cr.)
•NURS-5216EL - Gerontological Nursing (3 cr.)
•NURS-5226EL - Cardiovascular Nursing (3 cr.)
•NURS-5246EL - Oncology Nursing (3 cr.)
•NURS-5266EL - Mental Health Nursing (3 cr.)
•NURS-5276EL - Health Promotion (3 cr.)
•NURS-5296EL - Rural Health Policy (3 cr.)