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Nursing (MScN)

Program details

Faculty
Health Sciences

Degree
Master of Science

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa
Off-site

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

Overview

A female instructor talks with a female student in a lab 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.

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


Admissions

Admissions


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. Candidates may apply for course equivalency and/or recognition of experience through a Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition – PLAR – process. For more information on this process, please contact Dr. Manon Lemonde, Associate Dean, FHSc Research & Graduate Studies

Required test scores for English language proficiency:

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

Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.

Program details

Faculty
Health Sciences

Degree
Master of Science

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa
Off-site

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

Research areas

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 .


Additional information


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

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. Please note: The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.

Tuition fees for graduate programs are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.

For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.

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