MSN Program Requirements

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The M.S.N. 30-credit program includes a 9-credit Core of 3 courses. The course-based stream includes an additional 6 credits of required capstone coursework, 12 credits of focus courses and a 3-credit elective course. The research-based stream includes an additional 6 credits of required courses, 3 credits of focus courses and a 12-credit Research Thesis.

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If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:
Dr. Kathy Rush
Graduate Program Coordinator/Associate Professor
kathy.rush@ubc.ca
250-807-9561

Course-based StreamResearch-based Stream
9 credits core (500/504/505)9 credits core (500/504/505)
12 credits focus courses6 credits required research coursework (506/507)
3 credit elective course3 credits focus courses (to be selected by student)
6 credits required capstone coursework (597)12 credits thesis

Master level coursework is normally taken at the 500-level. Three credits of Undergraduate level coursework (300-499) may be taken with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Required Core Courses

NRSG 500: Nursing Knowledge (3)
Examines historical and contemporary philosophies of science as they have been applied to and informed by the developed of nursing knowledge.
Corequisite: NRSG 504 or permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Nursing

NRSG 504: Finding and Integrating Knowledge for Evidence-Informed Practice (3)
Focuses on the development of students’ abilities to find, critique, and synthesize evidence to inform the scholarly development of advanced practice in their teaching, management, research, and provision of nursing care.
Prerequisite: First-year standing in the Master of Science in Nursing program or permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Nursing

NRSG 505: Healthcare Policy (3)
An overview of policy processes including analysis, development, implementation, and evaluation in healthcare. Canadian and global health issues will be discussed such as health economics, politics, advocacy, and equity with a focus on policy.
Corequisite: NRSG 504 or permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Nursing

Additional Courses (Required) for Course-Based Stream 6 credits:

NRSG 597: Capstone Practicum (6)

Additional Courses (Required) for Research-Based Stream 18 credits

Nursing 506: Qualitative Research (3)
Nursing 507: Quantitative Research (3)
Nursing 599: Research Thesis (12)

Focus Courses (12 credits required for course-based stream; 3 credits required for research-based stream):

The composition of Focus Courses is aimed at advancing appropriate knowledge and expertise in the learner’s chosen domain of practice. Students have the opportunity to choose from the following courses.

Nursing Education:

  • NRSG 522 Introduction to Nursing Education (3)
    Examines issues and trends in nursing education, including implications for the teaching practices of nurse educators.
  • NRSG 523 Teaching and Learning in Nursing Practice (3)
    Examines theory, research and best practices for teaching and learning in the laboratory and nursing practice courses in acute and community settings.
    Advanced Practice in Nursing:
  • NRSG 530 Families in Health and Illness (3)
    Focuses on health and illness in the context of family experiences
  • NRSG 531 Advanced Family-Centred Nursing Practice (3)
    Focuses on nursing interventions with families experiencing potential or actual health problems.

Nursing Leadership and Management:

  • NRSG 542 Nursing Leadership and Issues in Nursing Practice (3)
    Examine historical and contemporary nursing leadership, and the current issues and challenges that confront nursing leaders.
  • NRSG 543- Nursing Leadership and Management in Practice (3)

Electives:

(Possible substitutions for focus courses with approval of MSN Program Coordinator.)
Elective Courses that are relevant to the learner’s chosen domain of practice may be used in fulfilling focus course requirements. Elective courses being substituted for focus courses require the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Nursing. Students may choose from the following Nursing or HINT electives:

    • NRSG 512 ┬áDirected Studies in Nursing (3-6)
    • NRSG 530 Families in Health and Illness (3)
    • NRSG 531 Advanced Family-Centred Nursing Practice (3)
    • NRSG 550 Healthcare Ethics (3)
    • HINT 503 Psychosocial Oncology (3)
    • HINT 506 Participatory Inquiry through Action Research (3)
    • HINT 508 Cultural Safety in Health: Indigenous Perspectives (3)
    • HINT 511 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Research (3)
    • HINT 512 Special Topics in Interprofessional Practice (3)
    • HINT 521 Interprofessional Collaboration (3)
    • HINT 522 Leadership in Human Service Organizations (3)
    • HINT 523 Professional Ethics (3)
    • HINT 524 Interprofessional Practice Issues in Healthy Aging (3)
    • HINT 525 Disabilities Studies and Interprofessional Health Care (3)
    • HINT 526 Global Health (3)A variety of scholarships are available for students pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing program. For a listing of opportunities, please visit MSN Scholarship Opportunities.