- Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Program (MScN (FNP))
- Master of Science in Nursing Program: Thesis (MScN)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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
The MScN (FNP) Program accepts students for the September Semester.
Family Nurse Practitioner Requirements
Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
|NURS 604-3||The Healing and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples|
|NURS 605-3||Pharmacological Management and Therapeutic Interventions|
|NURS 606-3||Developing Nursing Knowledge|
|NURS 607-3||Appraising and Synthesizing Evidence for Practice|
|NURS 608-3||Ethics, Accountability and Responsibility for Practice|
|NURS 703-3||Health Program Planning, Community Development and Evaluation|
|NURS 704-3||Leadership in Health Care and Practice|
Practicum: Integrating Primary Health Care I
Practicum: Integrating Primary Health Care II
Nurse Practitioner Internship
Nurse Practitioner Project
MScN Program - Thesis
Admission to MScN Program
- 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.
The Healing and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples
Appraising and Synthesizing Evidence to for Practice
|NURS 618-3||Research Approaches for Nursing and Health|
|NURS 619-3||Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health|
|or NURS 620-3||Quantitative Research in Nursing and Health|
|NURS 704-3||Leadership in Health Care and Practice|