The Master of Nursing Program is a two phase program. In the first phase students complete required courses and focused electives in practice-related theory and research that are the foundation of all advanced nursing practice roles. Through seminar discussion and presentation, preparation of academic papers, and focused clinical practicum experiences, the student acquires the knowledge and skills that are the basis for professional and clinical leadership. In the second phase of the program students continue to develop knowledge and skill through the Nurse Practitioner program option. This is accomplished through a combination of elective and required courses and practice experiences, and leads to completion of degree requirements.
In the first phase of the program, nursing practice foci include community/public health nursing approaches to population health and the nursing care of individuals and families across the life cycle in situations of health and illness within a variety of settings. These practice foci include families of all ages, adult health, community health, mental health, maternal child health, neonatal health, and families with ill children. Nursing practice foci and nursing elective options are available based on faculty resources and expertise (on-site or obtainable), significant student demand, availability of clinical resources, and actual or potential demand created by changes in health care delivery, society, and society's health status. Graduate nursing students work with their academic advisor to declare a program of study with the course options that are congruent with their specific goals for contributing to the improvement of the health of society. Students are expected to apply their experiential and theoretical knowledge to analyse clinical situations, whether student or employment related. Students develop increasing expertise within a mentoring relationship with the clinical supervisor