Master of Science in Nursing

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Stream (MScN (FNP))
  • Thesis Stream (MScN)

*Applicable Supervisors:
Martha MacLeod, Professor and Chair
Davina Banner-Lukaris, Associate Professor
Caroline Sanders, Associate Professor
Lela Zimmer, Associate Professor
Shannon Freeman, Assistant Professor
Amy Klepetar, Assistant Professor
Catharine Schiller, Assistant Professor
Sue Skeates, Assistant Professor
Linda Van Pelt, Assistant Professor
Erin Wilson, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Beaveridge, Adjunct Professor
Celia Evanson, Adjunct Professor
Tina Fraser, Adjunct Professor
Rosemary Graham, Adjunct Professor
Suzanne Johnston, Adjunct Professor
Connie-Marie Lapadat, Adjunct Professor
Denise Tarlier, Adjunct Professor
Cathy Ulrich, Adjunct Professor

The Master of Science in Nursing:  Family Nurse Practitioner is a practice-oriented, theory-based degree that prepares graduates to be autonomous practitioners, leaders, role models, and educators in primary health care.  The focus of the Family Nurse Practitioner stream is general family practice—that is care for individuals, families, groups and communities across all life stages. Family Nurse Practitioners are health professionals who have achieved the advanced nursing practice competencies at the graduate level of nursing education. Nurse Practitioners, who are regulated by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, provide health care services from a holistic nursing perspective, integrated with the autonomous diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness, including ordering diagnostic tests and prescribing medications.

The Thesis Stream leads to an advanced nursing practice degree that is designed to prepare graduates to become autonomous practitioners, collaborators, nurse researchers, leaders, educators, change agents, and role models.  Graduates of the thesis stream will work in a variety of health care settings as clinical nurse specialists, educators, administrators, and researchers, and will work with diverse populations across all age groups.

Both streams focus on the preparation of graduates for advanced nursing practice in rural and northern communities. The streams share five core courses, which address community and program development and evaluation; engage in debates influencing health care policy; apply research and undertake evidence-based practice;  promote the health of Indigenous Peoples; and develop nursing knowledge in relation to advanced practice nursing.

Required courses for the MScN are available by distance, with some on-site (face-to-face) requirements and required clinical practice in the MScN (FNP). The streams are designed to allow professional nurses to complete their degree on a full-time or part-time basis.

Criminal Records Search

All students in the Master of Science in Nursing program are required to submit a Criminal Record Check search prior to the first day of classes in the entry semester and prior to the commencement of their first clinical courses.

Domestic applicants must supply a Criminal Record Check search result after receiving an offer of admission and before the first day of classes; the search result is not required with the application.  International applicants must submit a Criminal Record Check search result completed by their local policy authority upon application, and will also be required to submit a British Columbia Criminal Record Check if offered admission.  The Office of the Registrar will provide instructions to domestic and international applicants who have accepted offers of admission on how to complete a British Columbia Criminal Record Check.  


Immunizations

All students who will be undertaking clinical learning experiences must submit records of current status of the following immunizations prior to commencement of the clinical courses: diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella. A Mantoux test (PPD) for tuberculosis is also recommended within one month of entering the clinical setting. Failure to have up-to-date immunizations may result in the student not being permitted to practice in a clinical setting.

CPR Certification

All students who will be undertaking clinical learning experiences must provide proof of current CPR certification, level C, prior to commencement of the clinical courses.

College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia Requisite Skills and Abilities

All students who apply to the UNBC MScN (FNP) and MScN Thesis Streams must demonstrate the capacity to meet College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia’s (CRNBC) Requisite Skills and Abilities, and sign the CRNBC form attesting to that capacity.

Standards of Professional Conduct

In addition to fulfilling all University and Program expectations, all students are expected to abide by professional standards as set forth in the current CRNBC Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Violation of professional standards may result in suspension or dismissal from the program or the educational institution.

Misconduct

Any conduct that violates the ethical or legal standards of UNBC or CRNBC, particularly those related to academic dishonesty and professional conduct, are considered serious offenses. Academic misconduct and/or professional misconduct may result in the student being required to withdraw from the MScN Program and possibly the University. Satisfactory academic performance is not the sole criterion for progression or graduation. The UNBC School of Nursing reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from the student’s program if the student is considered to be unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of advanced practice nursing.

Academic Performance

All MScN students must adhere to all Graduate Program Admissions and Regulations as outlined in the UNBC Graduate Calendar. Students may be removed from a clinical learning experience or setting due to “unsafe or unprofessional” performance or conduct and may receive a final grade of F in that course.

MScN (FNP):  Family Nurse Practitioner Stream

Admission to Family Nurse Practitioner Stream

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Academic Calendar, applicants for the Family Nurse Practitioner Stream are required to submit the following for consideration of admission: 
  • Three Assessment Reports on Applicant for Admission to Graduate Studies. Letters of reference may accompany the Assessment Reports. At least one of the assessments/letters must be from a health professional from the prospective student’s most recent practice setting.
  • An academic transcript showing undergraduate courses in nursing theory, health assessment, community health nursing, and research.
  • Nursing practice résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Criminal records searches prior to being admitted.
  • Evidence of at least two years full-time practice experience, or equivalent, following completion of the Baccalaureate degree.
  • Evidence of active and continuing registration as a nurse in British Columbia.  Annual documentation of current, practicing CRNBC licensure is required while enrolled in the program.
Application deadlines can be found in the Graduate Programs Admissions and Regulations section of the Graduate calendar. 

The MScN (FNP) Stream accepts students for the September Semester.

Requirements

In addition to five core MScN courses (15 credit hours), eight nurse practitioner-specific courses (36 credit hours), are required. On-site instruction is a required component of five courses. Placements for clinical experiences will be in rural and northern communities. A final project completes the degree.

Family Nurse Practitioner Stream
Core Courses: 
15 credit hours 
 Nurse Practitioner Courses (includes project):
36 credit hours
 TOTAL:
51 credit hours
Family Nurse Practitioner Stream Requirements
Core courses
The Healing and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples 
Developing Nursing Knowledge
Applying Research and Evidence to Practice
Health Program Planning, Community Development and Evaluation
Social and Health Policy in the Context of Health and Health Care
*Note: POLS 603-3 is precluded if the student already has credit for  POLS 403-3.  The student is required to choose another course to  make up the credit hours upon consultation with their supervisor.

Nurse Practitioner Courses
Pathophysiology
Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
Practicum:  Integrating Primary Health Care I
Pharmacological Management and Therapeutic Interventions
Practicum:  Integrating Primary Health Care II
Ethics, Accountability and Responsibility for Practice
Nurse Practitioner Internship
Nurse Practitioner Project

Program Costs
Costs associated with study in the MScN are the responsibility of the individual student, including transportation costs, and any expenses involved in academic studies, lab, and clinical practica.  This includes travel, accommodation, and living expenses associated with required clinical practice or travel to campus for required face-to-face (on campus) course work.   See the Fees section in this calendar.


MScN:  Thesis Stream
Admission to MScN Thesis Stream

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Academic Calendar, applicants for the Thesis Stream are required to submit the following for consideration of admission: 
  • Three Assessment Reports on Applicant for Admission to Graduate Studies. Letters of reference may accompany the Assessment Reports. At least one of the assessments/letters must be from a health professional from the prospective student’s most recent practice setting.
  • An academic transcript showing undergraduate courses in nursing theory, health assessment, community health nursing, and research.
  • Nursing practice résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Criminal records searches prior to being admitted.
  • Applicants must have current active registration (in the jurisdiction in which the student resides while taking the program). Annual documentation of current licensure is required while enrolled in the program.
Application deadlines  can be found in the Graduate Programs Admissions and Regulations section of the Graduate Calendar. 
The MScN accepts students for the September and January Semesters.

Thesis Stream Requirements
In addition to the core courses, one elective and two advanced nursing practice
courses are required. As well, students must complete an independent research thesis.

Thesis Stream
Core Courses: 
15 credit hours 
Advanced Practice Courses:
6 credit hours
Elective:
3 credit hours
Thesis:
12 credit hours
 TOTAL:
36 credit hours
Core courses
The Healing and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples 
Developing Nursing Knowledge
Applying Research and Evidence to Practice
Health Program Planning, Community Development and Evaluation
Social and Health Policy in the Context of Health and Health Care

*Note: POLS 603-3 is precluded if the student already has credit for POLS 403-3.  The student is required to choose another course to  make up the credit hours upon consultation with their supervisor.

Advanced Nursing Practice Courses
Qualitative Research Approaches in Nursing and Health 
Quantitative Research in Nursing and Health 
Electives
At least 3 credit hours of graduate-level study (i.e., at or above the 600 level).  The purpose is to broaden the student’s depth and scope of learning on a particular topic of interest.  The supervisory committee will ensure the appropriate selection of relevant elective course(s).
Thesis
NURS 799-12     
Thesis 
MScN Thesis Stream students must write and defend an independent research thesis.  The thesis entails research in a topic area developed in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee.  Oral examination is required as per University regulations.

Program Costs
Costs associated with study in the MScN are the responsibility of the individual student, including transportation costs, and any expenses involved in academic studies, lab, and clinical practica.  This includes travel, accommodation, and living expenses associated with required clinical practice or travel to campus for required face-to-face (on campus) course work.   See the Fees section in this calendar.