Courses

Here you’ll find a full list of graduate courses from the School of Nursing. Search by keyword, or select a degree program to browse all. On the Course Schedules you’ll find timetables to help you see how the courses all fit together. Questions? Email us!

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NURS 502: Ethics and Politics of Nursing (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

In this course the ethics and politics of nursing are examined. An exploration of ethical practice in nursing and contemporary health care contexts that promote social justice and health equity is undertaken. The current climate of nursing practice and the context of health-care practice and policy are critically evaluated

NURS 504: Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • MSN
  • MN-NP
  • PhD

The purpose of this course is to build foundational knowledge and skills in searching the literature, critically analyzing research and synthesizing evidence, and applying this evidence to issues of relevance to nursing practice.

NURS 506: Health Promotions in Practice (3)
  • MSN
  • MN-NP
  • PhD

Nurses, nurse practitioners and other clinicians can be highly influential in fostering health promotion in clinical and community practice settings. Nursing 506 examines the role of health promotion in diverse practice contexts. Class members will explore various health promotion strategies, approaches and interventions.

NURS 507: Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Primary Care (3)
  • MN-NP

This course will examine the clinical application of drug therapy with an emphasis on the drugs commonly used in primary care settings. Mechanisms of drug actions will be reviewed with the goal of understanding therapeutic and adverse effects, drug interactions and relevant considerations for illness management and patient education. Emphasis will be on clinical decision-making and on applying evidence-based information to case studies that span a variety of age groups and clinical conditions. Legal and ethical considerations of prescriptive authority and practices will also be examined.

NURS 508: Pathophysiologic Processes in Illness (3)
  • MN-NP

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with the theory and knowledge necessary to understand human physiological responses in health and illness. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the normal anatomy and physiology, the pathophysiology and the adaptive responses underlying common acute and chronic conditions found in the Canadian population. In addition, the influence of age, gender, ethnic background and socioeconomic status will be reviewed for the selected illnesses. The course will involve classroom instruction, clinical case study discussions and take-home assignments. Lecture topics and case studies are chosen on the basis of common causes of mortality and morbidity for Canadians. 

NURS 509: Clinical Procedures in Primary Care Settings (2)
  • MN-NP

An overview of common office procedures used in primary care practice by a Nurse Practitioner (NP). Primary care diagnostic and treatment procedures such as x-ray interpretation, ECG interpretation, IUD insertion, suturing, shave and punch biopsies and administration of local anesthesia.

NURS 510: Advanced Health Assessment (6)
  • MN-NP

This course builds on basic health assessment skills to provide a solid foundation for integrating advanced health assessment with diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making. The primary focus of the course is on history taking, physical assessment, and the process of formulating differential diagnoses in a primary care context. A secondary focus emphasizes prevention and health maintenance strategies with individuals and families across the lifespan.

NURS 511: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3)
  • MSN
  • MN-NP
  • PhD

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the evolution of nursing knowledge and the processes of theoretical and analytical reasoning as they apply to nursing. In the context of the course students will apply critical thinking to the understanding and resolution of nursing problems.

NURS 512: Leadership in Nursing (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

This course is designed to introduce you to contemporary leadership theories and practices in the context of complex, constantly changing health care environments. Key leadership competencies will be highlighted throughout the course. It is intended that the course will enhance your leadership potential and prepare you as an emerging leader in various practice environments.

NURS 520: Administrative Leadership in Nursing (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

The study of organizational behavior, management methods, and administrative processes in health care. The purpose of NURS 520 is to help to prepare nurses for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare arenas, including, for instance acute care, community, public health, mental health, and other settings. The focus is on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes required to be an effective nurse leader in today’s complex and dynamic health care system. In this course, we emphasize leadership competencies of particular importance to front line and middle level nurse leadership positions that include administration responsibilities.

NURS 530: Advanced Practice in Nursing (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

This course explores the theoretical foundations and practical experience/mentorship required for the development of knowledge and skills related to an advanced practice nursing role. Through classroom and brief practicum experiences we will explore the key elements of APN roles and the skills required to enact these roles. You will also get the chance to begin to formulate a future advanced practice nursing role you could assume. Course content includes; advanced practice nursing models/roles,  CNS and Nurse Practitioner role distinction, CNS practice domains and competencies, CNS practice outcomes, program and policy development, and consultation and collaboration for advanced practice.

NURS 540: Educational Processes in Nursing (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

This course explores the historical development, theoretical bases, practical knowledge, accountability of, and issues regarding curriculum processes and teaching in nursing education or practice.

NURS 541: Clinical Nursing Education (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

The course is designed to provide a theoretical foundation for graduate students to develop, or to enhance their knowledge and skills as clinical educators of nursing staff or students. The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to learn and reflect upon the scope of clinical educator role. In addition, it will provide students an opportunity to explore their future plans in relation to their professional development as clinical educators. 

NURS 542: Social Epidemiology: Special Populations (3)
  • MSN
  • MN-NP
  • MHLP
  • PhD

Trends and social and institutional policies and practices that influence the health and illness profiles of particular population groups, with a particular focus on Seniors; trends in the social organization of service delivery for their impact on the health of Seniors.

NURS 548: Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

This course is designed as an introductory graduate level course for those considering qualitative methods for thesis or dissertation projects or interested in learning about how qualitative methods might be integrated into future mixed methods initiatives. The structure of the course allows for interactive dialogue around foundations of qualitative inquiry, methodological applications from various qualitative research traditions, as well as techniques and tools to strengthen qualitative data collection and analysis. 

NURS 549: Quantitative Research Methods (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

This course takes a practical approach to preparing students to use quantitative research methods at a level that would be appropriate for a master’s thesis. Relationships between research questions, research design, data, and statistical analyses are explored. Students are exposed to a variety of statistical techniques (t-tests, chi-square tests, one-way ANOVA, two- way ANOVA, correlation, simple regression, and multiple regression), and are expected to develop competency in the use of selected techniques.

NURS 552: Methods in Nursing Science (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a broad overview of methods of scholarly inquiry. The course will focus on key elements of research and evaluation including identifying a focus of inquiry, identifying a target population/area, data collection methods, data analytic methods, and ethics related to scholarly inquiry. Topics covered will include qualitative and quantitative study designs, survey designs, program/initiative evaluation, policy analysis, and data collection via interviews, focus groups, and observation.

NURS 554: Advanced Research Methods
  • PhD

This course involves intensive inquiry into research design issues relevant to nursing and health research, including the conduct of interdisciplinary research. It addresses issues in quantitative and qualitative research, and extends the discussion to consider the design and conceptual complexities of mixed methods. The course offers an integrated approach to considering the relationships between research questions, design, methods, and reporting of data from multiple sources. The course is designed to be an interactive seminar. Prerequisites: NURS 580, and NURS 548 and NURS 549 or equivalent

NURS 560: The Politics of Health Policy (3)
  • MSN
  • MN-NP
  • MHLP
  • PhD

The study of the processes and strategies influencing health and social policy, and the social and political contexts in which policy is created.

NURS 570: Primary Care I (6)
  • MN-NP

The focus of this course is on the primary care management of common episodic health and illness conditions across the life span. Emphasis is on health promotion and illness/injury prevention strategies. Didactic and clinically based learning occurs in classroom and clinical settings. 

NURS 571: Primary Care II (6)
  • MN-NP

The focus of this course is on the primary care management of common acute chronic conditions across the life span. Health promotion and illness/injury prevention strategies are integrated throughout. Didactic and clinically based learning occurs in the classroom and clinical settings.

NURS 572: Primary Care III (6)
  • MN-NP

The focus of this course is on the primary care management of common acute and chronic conditions across the life span. Health promotion and illness/injury prevention strategies are integrated throughout. Didactic and clinically based learning occurs in the classroom and clinical settings.

NURS 576: Topics in Social & Environmental Planning to Foster Health of Populations (3)
  • MSN
  • MN-NP
  • MHLP
  • PhD

This course will examine the characteristics of social and built environments that are developmentally appropriate for Seniors with a range of abilities and consider their impact on Seniors’ health.

NURS 577B: Graduate Practicum in Nursing - Advanced Practice Nursing and the Role of the Educator (3-6)
  • MSN
  • PhD

This practicum-based course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to explore advanced practice in the field of education through a selected educational setting of interest. Through the practicum experience the student is expected to engage reflexively to explore the relationship between nursing and education knowledge and educational practice in a specific teaching setting. Prerequisite: NURS 540

NURS 577D: Graduate Practicum In Nursing - Advanced Practice Nursing and the Role of the Administrator (3-6)
  • MSN
  • PhD

This practicum-based course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to explore advanced practice in the field of education through a selected educational setting of interest.  Prerequisite: NURS 520