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Nursing (MScN)

Degree Master of Science in Nursing
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location North Oshawa campus location and online
Start dates May
Length Approximately 24 months, based on full-time study
Program load Full-time
Part-time
Program format Courses with either a thesis or research project
Photo for Nursing (MScN)
The Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) program focuses on professional practice leadership and will prepare graduates to contribute to an increasingly complex health-care sector by providing an education that includes mentorship, interdisciplinary opportunities and experiential learning through research, project and class assignments.

General information

The Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) program focuses on professional practice leadership and will prepare graduates to contribute to an increasingly complex health-care sector by providing an education that includes mentorship, interdisciplinary opportunities and experiential learning through research, project and class assignments. Professional practice leaders are responsible for ensuring and implementing expert practice, the facilitation of professional development, research and providing leadership; they are often charged with quality assurance and safety as well and the program is designed to develop expertise in these areas. 

While the program is largely online, the first semester (Spring/Summer) does begin with a one-week mandatory face-to-face residency component to ensure that current professionals, with high working demands, are supported and to foster relationship-building amongst the cohort.

This program is offered collaboratively with Trent University.

Trent University

Admission requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree (or equivalent):
  • Hold a four-year BScN (Hons) or equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum overall academic standing of a B (GPA: 3.0 on a 4.3 scale or 73 to 76 per cent), with a minimum B average in the last two full-time years (four semesters) of undergraduate work or equivalent.
  • Registration as a Registered Nurse in good standing with the licensing body in the province in which you work (i.e. In Ontario this would be the College of Nurses of Ontario).
  • International students who hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited university, with a minimum overall academic standing of a B (GPA: 3.0 on a 4.3 scale or 73 to 76 per cent), and who are registered or authorized to practice in your home country will be considered for admission. 
Applicants with RN designation and experience:
  • Registered Nurse with 10 or more years of experience.
  • Registration as a Registered Nurse in good standing with the licensing body in the province in which you work (i.e. In Ontario this would be the College of Nurses of Ontario).
  • Candidates will be required to have completed the academic equivalent of the following university-level courses with a minimum weighted average of 80 per cent across the three courses: NURS 1420U or NURS 2420U, HLSC 3910U, and HLSC 1701U.

Required test scores for English language proficiency

See English language proficiency for the minimum required test scores for this program.


Application deadlines

This program will welcome its first cohort in May 2020. As soon as the online application is available and admissions deadline is finalized, we will update this page.

Research

Health and Nursing Informatics
  • Simulation and education for health-care professionals
  • Technology in nursing practice
  • Health-care technology
Nursing as a Profession
  • Nursing education and curriculum
  • Nursing theory
  • Nursing leadership
Population and Topic-specific
  • Breastfeeding
  • Chronic disease
  • Oncology
  • Palliative care
  • Intellectual disability
  • Sleep
  • Child and adolescent health
  • Mental health
  • Gender and health
  • Gerontology and aging
Health Care and Nursing
  • Health policy
  • Community health
  • Public health
  • Community engagement
  • Program evaluation
  • Health inequities and inequality
  • Social inclusion

Learn more about the research areas within this program and find research experts by visiting the faculty’s website and the university's Expert Centre.

Program curriculum

Sample courses:
  • Advancing Nursing through Leadership
  • Applied Biostatistics in Health Sciences
  • Health and Public Policy
  • Informatics for Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Philosophy of Nursing Science
  • Program Evaluation for Health-care Leaders
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Research Approaches for Nursing and Health Sciences

Funding

Internal awards and funding
Applicants to research-based graduate programs who are studying full-time are automatically considered for some types of funding at the time of admission.

Types of funding that do not require an application:

  • Entrance scholarships
  • Minimum funding packages
  • Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and graduate research assistantships

For more details on the above funding opportunities, see graduate student awards and funding.

Please note: Part-time students are not eligible for the above funding opportunities.

External awards and funding
Graduate program applicants are encouraged to apply for external awards to help finance their education. The application process differs for each competition, so review the information carefully to determine where and when you must apply. (The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.)

Fees

Tuition fees for this program will be posted as soon as they receive final approval. To review our fees for other programs, please see the tuition and fees web page (domestic or international).

Contact

Contact the program:
Faculty of Health Sciences
905.721.3166
FHSc-GraduateStudies@ontariotechu.ca 
 
Contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

905.721.8668 ext. 6209
gradstudies@ontariotechu.ca 

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