College of Nursing Graduate Studies Program

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College of Nursing Graduate Studies Program

Phil Woods, RPN, RMN, PhD Chair of Graduate Programs

Mary Ellen Andrews, RN (NP), PhD Director Nurse Practitioner Program

Jill Brown Academic Advisor



The College of Nursing is a world leader in educating nurses in interprofessional health care, research, practice, innovation, capacity building and policy development.


As University nursing faculty in Saskatchewan, the College of Nursing strengthens nursing, health, and the health care system through the creation and integration of knowledge from research, education and practice.


We Value

 Integrity - We believe in being open and honest, in keeping our commitments, in taking responsibility for our lives and learning, and in operating in a transparent manner.  Social Justice - We believe in the value of human life, the inherent worth of the

individual, the right of each individual to the attainment of a high standard of health and will work with communities to achieve these rights.

 Unconditional Positive Regard - We believe that each person has a right to be treated with respect regardless of his or her life circumstances or culture.

 Achieving Potential - We believe that life-long learning, risk taking, and advancing our knowledge base leads the way for empowerment.


College of Nursing Graduate Program History

1989 – First four Master of Nursing (MN) students graduate 1996 – First Special Case PhD student graduates

2004 – First entrants to course-based education/leadership option MN 2006 – First seven Nurse Practitioner (NP) students begin program 2007 – First students are admitted to the PhD program

2008 – First NP students admitted to the revised program 2010 – First revised program NP students graduate


How Do We Deliver Our Graduate Programs?

The College of Nursing uses a

distributed learning approach, allowing students to learn where they live. We also have campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince


Distributed Learning

 Students and faculty member may be in different locations  2 Types of Distributed Learning: Synchronous or Asynchronous

• Synchronous – Students log in at the same time as the faculty member

• Asynchronous – Students can log in at any time on their own and work at their own pace


Our Graduate Programs

 Master of Nursing (MN)

 Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)  Post-Graduate NP Certificate


Master of Nursing – Course Based

• Course based students are required to take 24

credit units of coursework

• Can complete program in one year

• Course may be delivered using a combination of

synchronous and asynchronous learning

• Knowledge and skill development in health


Master of Nursing – Thesis Based

• Thesis students are required to take 15 credit

units of course work, in addition to their thesis

• Courses are designed so students can complete

them in one year

• Knowledge and skill development in teamwork


Admission Criteria - MN

• Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or equivalent standing

• 70% cumulative weighted average over last 60 credit units in undergraduate program • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse

• 3 credit units in undergraduate statistics and 3 credit units in research methods – 70% + in each

strongly encouraged


Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner

2 Streams of MN – NP Program:

• Primary Health Care Nurse

Practitioner (NP)


Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner

• Master’s level program

• 39 credit units

• Includes 720+ hours of clinical practice with a preceptor • Distributive course delivery

• Part-time or full-time studies


Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate

• Available for Registered Nurses who already have a Master’s Degree

• 30 credit units

• Includes 720+ hours of clinical practice with a preceptor • Distributive course delivery


Nurse Practitioner Program Elements

Didactic elements:

• Theory for Advanced Practice • Pathophysiology

• Pharmacology • Therapeutics

• Health Assessment • Diagnostics

• Statistics/Research • Publishable Paper • Graduate Seminar

Clinical elements:

• Three practicum courses – each

includes 240 clinical hours.

• Interdisciplinary and EM


NP Clinical Placements

• Arranged through the College of Nursing by the NP Clinical Placement Coordinator in consultation

with course instructors and course leaders

• Students select practicum choices through the web based HSPnet

• Requests are sent to the requested practicum sites and students are assigned their practicum

based on availability of preceptors

• Preceptors have online guidance with course instructors and a course leader. A preceptor manual



Enhancing NP Practicum Communication

The College of Nursing is

using new technology for

practicum facilitation and

preceptor mentoring


Admission Criteria - NP

• Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or equivalent standing

• 70% cumulative weighted average over last 60 credit units in undergraduate program • Current Canadian licensure as a Registered Nurse

• 3 credit units in undergraduate statistics, physical assessment, pharmacology, physiology and

research methods – 70% + in each strongly encouraged

• 3600 hours of Registered Nursing experience in the last five years • Application deadline: January 15


Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

• Prepares nurse scholars for leadership roles with

knowledge and skills to advance nursing as a academic, research and practice discipline

• 18 credit units including two cognate courses • Independent research guided by supervisor and

committee culminating in a doctoral dissertation

• Usually three to five years to complete on a full


Admission Criteria – PhD

• Master’s degree in a field relevant to a PhD study

• Completed graduate level course in statistics, research methods and nursing theory • Minimum overall average of 80% in previous graduate work

• Must be a licensed RN or RPN • Application deadline: February 15


The U of S Advantage

 Exceptional faculty who will challenge and guide you in your program of choice

 Opportunities to explore and engage in research and scholarly activity, shaping health care locally

and beyond

 Excellent funding support systems, such as financial assistant programs, scholarships and


 One of the most scientifically advanced campuses in Canada

 Strong connections with wider communities create opportunities for engagement and networking

to advance your research and practice

 Largest cluster of health science disciplines in Canada with 6 colleges and 3 schools, we offer an

academic environment encouraging collaboration in interprofessional teams to investigate and solve health problems that matter locally and globally


The U of S Research Advantage

Our nursing faculty have research expertise in many diverse areas


2014/2015 Tuition Rates

 Thesis & Doctoral Students

• $1,243.00 per term (three terms/year) from beginning to end of program  Course-Based Students

• Graduate Courses - $603.00 per course

• $603.00 for maintenance of status in any term not registered in a course

 International Graduate Students are assessed tuition at 1.5 times the posted rate for domestic


• For example $1243.00 x 1.5 = $1,864.50 per term • Each course $603.00 x 1.5 = $904.50 per course


How Do I Apply To A Graduate Studies Program?

 Complete the following:

• An online application form available from the College of Graduate Studies and Research ($90 application fee required)

o The online application form will ask you to submit contact information for three references.

 Submit the following:

• The College of Nursing Supplementary Application Form • An essay that addresses career plans, goals, etc.

• A copy of your RN licensure

o If you are a Registered Nurse in Saskatchewan, you just need to provide your licensure number on the

Supplemental Application Form and the College of Nursing will look up the status of your registration online

• An example of scholarly writing

• Official transcripts from ALL post-secondary education completed (including SIAST)

 Applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency (for students who’s first language is not English)  NP applicants only: Proof of 3600 hours of practice as an RN

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For more information on our Graduate Studies Program:

Jill Brown Academic Advisor