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 578: Consolidated Practicum (6)
  • MN-NP

The Consolidated Practicum is a clinically based course in which nurse practitioner students integrate and consolidate their knowledge, skills and experiences gained in all previous courses of the nurse practitioner program. It is a time to combine all of these aspects of learning and practice the nurse practitioner role under the supervision of a physician or a nurse practitioner. Students are expected to be self-directed learners and to identify their learning needs, articulate how they could meet their needs and develop a plan to meet those needs within their practicum time.

NURS 580: The Philosophy of Evidence (3)
  • PhD

This course presents a study of changing paradigms of nursing science in historical perspective. It includes a critical analysis of constructs and theories in nursing science. The focus is on both theoretical analysis and empirical investigation. Prerequisite: NURS 511 or equivalent.      

NURS 581: Leadership in Knowledge Application and Translation
  • PhD

Through an examination of philosophies, theories and praxis in the application of nursing knowledge, this graduate level course will prepare students to lead innovative research, education and practice in knowledge application and translation. Learning activities will focus on theoretical and practical issues around developing and applying knowledge to improve health or health care systems. The course will provide an introduction to basic principles, conceptual frameworks, research design, and interventions used in knowledge translation, and students will develop capacity to engage with an array of knowledge users and stakeholders. Prerequisite: NURS 580.     

NURS 585S: Special Topics in Nursing - Enacting Philosophies of Care (6)
  • MSN
  • MN-NP
  • MHLP
  • PhD

This course examines the interface between aging & health and examines how different philosophies to care are enacted in a range of practice settings and considers indicators of their impact on seniors health. The course includes field work and site visits.  

NURS 586A: Specialized Domains of Nursing Practice - Nursing and Health Care in Historical Perspective (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

Exploration of nursing and health care history. This course offers an opportunity to understand changes in nursing practice and health care in their historical context. Past approaches in the history of nursing practice are analysed in the broader context of changes in health care and shifting work and gender relationships. Major social and cultural influences, such as religion, gender, class, ethnicity, and education as well as the impact of institutional health care and science on the evolution of nursing practice will be explored. Main events and ideas, such as the rise of the modern hospital, public health, the threat of disease and changing social circumstances that shaped nursing and health care are included in the list of topics covered in the course. 

NURS 586C: Specialized Domains of Nursing Practice - Healthy Infant and Child Development (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

In this course, students will critically examine past and current theoretical perspectives and concepts in informing understanding and research in infant and child growth The course will consider infant and child development in the context of changes in health care, discourses from health care providers, and shifting work and gender roles in families. Major social and cultural, as well as bio-behavioral influences on normal growth and development will be explored. Particular topics of interest to students in the class can be explored in more detail in the seminars. Key writing in the area of infant and child development will be critically analyzed.

NURS 586E: Specialized Domains of Nursing Practice - Organizational Considerations for Fostering Health (3)
  • MSN
  • MN-NP
  • MHLP
  • PhD

The section of NURS 586 is specially designed for the students' enrolled in the MHLP in Seniors Care program.  It focuses on the organizational considerations for fostering health and managing health threats for seniors. 

NURS 586I: Specialized Domains of Nursing Practice - Health Informatics (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

Nursing and clinical informatics is an applied field and an area of study which focuses on the application and critique of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the context of healthcare. Students will examine theoretical, historical and current issues in nursing and clinical informatics, and examine both the positive and negative implications of using technologies in the clinical setting. Topics will include the professional role of nurses and other professions in the design and use of technologies, organizational factors, human factors, software development and implementation, legal, privacy and ethical issues, patient use of technologies for healthcare, and best practices for patient safety, knowledge translation and evidence-based practice.

NURS 586M: Specialized Domains of Nursing Practice - Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Adolescent Health (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

In this course students will critically evaluate the theoretical approaches that inform adolescent health care and research, explore the evidence for key health issues among various populations of youth, and evaluate interventions, research, or policy affecting specific areas of adolescent health and vulnerability. Although, the course focuses primarily on a population health approach rather than clinical practice in acute care settings, the content will be useful for a variety of disciplines that work with young people in health and community settings.

NURS 586V: Specialized Domains of Nursing Practice - Violence in Families: Advanced Understandings and Responses (3)
  • MSN
  • PhD

This course builds upon a basic understanding of violence in families over the lifespan and presents a critical analysis to intervention strategies. It provides an overview of assessment, prevention and intervention strategies for social workers and nurses in their professional interactions with clients/patients who have experienced or perpetrated violence at different stages of their lifecycle. Interventions are considered in terms of the socio-political context of individuals and/or families and individual vulnerabilities due to age, gender, class and ethnicity. Inter-professional collaboration in providing intervention strategies will be emphasized.

NURS 590: Directed Studies in Nursing (3-6)
  • MSN
  • PhD

A directed study is intended to serve as a learning experience in a coherent area of study initiated by a student in consultation with a faculty advisor. The courses are intended to complement core courses and support learning and to prepare for the masters completion projects or doctoral theses. 

NURS 591: Professional and Ethical Issues in Nurse Practitioner Practice (3)
  • MN-NP

This course provides students the opportunity to expand their understanding of the Family Nurse Practitioner role in the larger context of the British Columbia healthcare system. The goal of the course is to identify and discuss current social, educational, economic, political, legal, ethical, regulatory and organizational factors and trends that influence Family Nurse Practitioner practice in British Columbia, and the implications of these factors on professional practice. 

NURS 595: Scholarly Practice Advancement Research project (SPAR ) (3)
  • MSN

Students in the MSN program may complete the program requirements by completing a MSN SPAR Project (NURS 595 – Scholarly Practice Advancement Research project (SPAR), 3 credits). Typically, students register for this option from the first term of enrolment into the program and work on the SPAR alongside the completion of their required and optional course work (30 credits).

NURS 596: Primary Care/Culminating Project (3)
  • MN-NP

This course is a project that addresses a focus area for nurse practitioners. The focus may be, but is not limited to the following: improving an area of NP practice; work with a patient population receiving NP care; an innovation in NP practice; exploration and clarification of an issue affecting NPs; an aspect of interdisciplinary practice or a political activity that impacts NP practice. The project will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the topic, use of the literature, and an evidence-based approach. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about the project in the first term of the program.

NURS 599: Masters Thesis (9)
  • MSN

A Master’s Thesis (Nursing 599 – 6 credits) is the written report of a formal, systematic scholarly inquiry following accepted methodology to answer questions relevant to the discipline of nursing or the broader field of health sciences scholarship.

NURS 601: Doctoral Seminar (0)
  • PhD

The doctoral seminars provide an opportunity for PhD students to share information about the program, develop relationships with one another and faculty, learn about supervisory processes, the program’s management, and for involving oneself in the School. This course is designed as a set of student-centered seminars to provide an ongoing opportunity for students to discuss phenomena relevant to nursing science, academia, and the process of undertaking doctoral thesis research. (2 terms required, usually in first year)        

NURS 690: Directed Studies in Nursing (3 or 6)
  • PhD

A directed study is intended to serve as a learning experience in a coherent area of study initiated by a student in consultation with a faculty advisor. The courses are intended to complement core courses and support learning and to prepare for the masters completion projects or doctoral theses.

NURS 699: Doctoral Dissertation (0)
  • PhD

The PhD dissertation is an original piece of work that offers you the opportunity to hone your research skills, become an expert in a specialized area of knowledge, and contribute to your field of scholarship. It will set the stage for your future research career.

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