Nursing MScN (FNP) and MScN Programs

  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Program (MScN (FNP))
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program: Thesis (MScN)
Sylvia Barton, Associate Professor and Chair
Martha MacLeod, Professor
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
Linda Van Pelt, Assistant Professor
Erin Wilson, Assistant Professor
Penny Anguish, Adjunct Professor
Jennifer Beaveridge, Adjunct Professor
Helen Bourque, Adjunct Professor
Gerrit Clements, Adjunct Professor
Tracey Day, Adjunct Professor
Heidi Dunbar, Adjunct Professor
Celia Evanson, Adjunct Professor
Tina Fraser, Adjunct Professor
Rosemary Graham, Adjunct Professor
Monica Gregory, Adjunct Professor
Kelly Gunn, Adjunct Professor
Lauren Irving, Adjunct Professor
Connie-Marie Lapadat, Adjunct Professor
Rose Perrin, Adjunct Professor
Colleen Regehr, Adjunct Professor
Shanda Rojas, Adjunct Professor
Ann Syme, Adjunct Professor
Denise Tarlier, Adjunct Professor
Cathy Ulrich, Adjunct Professor

The Master of Science in Nursing:  Family Nurse Practitioner Program 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 Program 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 Master of Science in Nursing Program leads to an advanced nursing practice degree that focuses on preparing graduates across a range of areas and specialties to act as autonomous practitioners. In addition, this program aims to prepare graduates as interprofessional collaborators, nurse researchers, leaders, educators, change agents, and role models.  Graduates of this program 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 programs focus on the preparation of graduates for advanced nursing practice in rural and northern communities. Courses address the following: community and program development and evaluation; debates influencing health care policy; application of research and evidence-based practice;  promotion of the health of Indigenous Peoples; and development of 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) Program. The programs 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 Program

Admission to Family Nurse Practitioner Program

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Academic Calendar, applicants for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program 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;
  • Successfully completion of the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training within the previous two years prior to the semester of admission to the MScN (FNP) Program;
  • Evidence of at least two years full-time practice experience, or equivalent, following completion of the Baccalaureate degree;
  • Evidence of active registration as a nurse in British Columbia. Note that annual documentation of current, practicing CRNBC licensure is required while enrolled in the program.

Recommendations

The following recommendations, if undertaken, may strengthen applications to the UNBC MScN (FNP) Program, and may be beneficial in preparing applicants for the demands of an MScN (FNP) graduate program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to successfully complete the following within three years prior to the semester of admission to the MScN (FNP) Program:

  •  an upper-division or graduate-level anatomy and physiology course
  • an academic writing course
  • a graduate-level research methods course
Application deadlines can be found in the Graduate Programs Admissions and Regulations section of the Graduate Calendar at http://www.unbc.ca/calendar/graduate/admissions.

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


Family Nurse Practitioner Requirements

51 credit hours of MScN and Nurse Practitioner courses 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.
Pathophysiology
Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 604-3The Healing and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples
NURS 605-3Pharmacological Management and Therapeutic Interventions
NURS 606-3Developing Nursing Knowledge
NURS 607-3Appraising and Synthesizing Evidence for Practice
NURS 608-3Ethics, Accountability and Responsibility for Practice
NURS 703-3Health Program Planning, Community Development and Evaluation
NURS 704-3Leadership in Health Care and Practice
Practicum:  Integrating Primary Health Care I
Practicum:  Integrating Primary Health Care II
Nurse Practitioner Internship
Nurse Practitioner Project

Program Costs

Costs associated with study in the MScN (FNP) Program 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 Program - Thesis

Admission to MScN Program

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Academic Calendar, applicants for the Academic Master's Program 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 active registration in the jurisdiction in which the student resides while taking the program. Note that 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 at http://www.unbc.ca/calendar/graduate/admissions
The MScN Program accepts students for the September and January Semesters.


Thesis Requirements

18 credits of MScN courses are required, as well as 3 credits of electives. Students must also complete a 12 credit hour independent research thesis, for a total of 33 credit hours.
The Healing and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples 
Developing Nursing Knowledge
Appraising and Synthesizing Evidence to for Practice
NURS 618-3Research Approaches for Nursing and Health
NURS 619-3Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health
     or NURS 620-3Quantitative Research in Nursing and Health
NURS 704-3Leadership in Health Care and Practice
Electives
At least 3 credit hours of graduate-level study at or above the 600 level are required. The purpose of the electives 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 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.
Updated: October 12, 2018