Courses Offered

To meet academic objectives, students are required to complete program specific core courses and approved electives. Learning environments are student-centered, respectful, and facilitated by faculty through a variety of delivery methods (i.e., online, face-to-face, hybrid of online and in-person).

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses are offered each year. Please contact with questions about specific courses.

Nursing 9458 - Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I

Critically appraise and interpret concepts and frameworks integral to pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for common conditions across the lifespan. Develop, initiate, manage, and evaluate therapeutic plans of care that incorporate client values and acceptability, goals of therapy, analysis of different approaches, pharmacotherapeutic principles.

  • Co/Pre-requisite: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
  • Seminar: 3 hours per week
  • Clinical: 6 hours per week

Nursing 9459 - Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II

Integrate conceptual frameworks and evidence underlying the study of pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for complex client situations. Demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making.

  • Pre-requisite: Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
  • Co-requisite: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
  • Seminar: 3 hours per week
  • Clinical: 6 hours per week

Nursing 9600 - Issues and Concepts in Advanced Nursing Practice

Current issues related to the development and implementation of advanced nursing practice roles are examined. Roles, responsibilities, accountability, scope of practice, integrating systems of care, legal and ethical issues are addressed, as well as student selected topics.

  • This course is pre-requisite or co-requisite to N9608 and N9615
  • Half course; one term

Nursing 9611 - Statistical Analysis and Application

This course is designed to be an introduction to statistical data analysis with a focus on the execution and comprehension of the more common types of statistical methods encountered in nursing research. The goal of the course is for students to develop a practical understanding of the basic types of statistical analysis found in nursing research articles. The intended outcome of this course is to prepare students to complete statistical analyses for their Master’s degree and to help them actively participate in the development of evidence-based nursing practice.

  • N9661 is pre-requisite or co-requisite to this course

Nursing 9612 - Critical Appraisal of Evidence for Nursing Practice

The ability to retrieve, critically appraise, and integrate the research evidence into advanced healthcare practice is essential to clinical outcomes. In this course, you will develop the skills to conduct a literature search using various databases, evaluate different types of research, and integrate and apply evidence-informed approaches to clinical decision making. Through this course, students will develop expertise to apply tools used for critical appraisal to improve healthcare practices across a variety of settings.

Nursing 9615 - Advanced Nursing Clinical Practicum*

A practice experience in which students integrate theory about health and health problems, findings of clinical research, and knowledge of advanced therapeutics to provide care to individuals and their families. This practice experience will include implementing an advanced practice nursing role and mentorship from someone in such a role.

  • N9600 is pre-requisite or co-requisite to this course
  • Half course; one term

*May be taken as Co-op

Nursing 9619 - The Context of Health Care: Leadership Challenges and Opportunities

Economic, political, social, and legislative challenges and opportunities at a provincial, national, and international level affect our health care system, creating leadership opportunities and responsibilities for all health care professionals. Seminar participants will explore in depth critical leadership challenges and opportunities arising within the internal and external contexts of the health system, identify leadership strategies and cultivate leadership skills for addressing them.

  • Half course; one term

Nursing 9638 - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health

The major purpose of this graduate interdisciplinary course is to assist students to acquire a global perspective of health and how political, social, economic, biological, and environmental factors affect health. Issues of justice in global health will be addressed, as will the roles of international organizations (e.g. World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization). For some topics, Canadian and international situations will be juxtaposed.

Nursing 9651 - Digital Health: Theory and Application to Nursing

This seminar course will focus on theoretical and conceptual issues related to health / nursing informatics.  The course will provide an introduction to health / nursing informatics in relation to administrative, clinical, educational, and consumer health domains.  Students will have the opportunity to critically examine the use of existing and anticipated health information technologies (HIT) within nursing.

Nursing 9661 - Foundations of Nursing Science

An examination of theoretical, philosophical, historical and developmental perspectives on nursing science. Critical analysis of theory and research as it relates to the development of key nursing concepts.

  • This course is pre-requisite or co-requisite to N9662 and N9663
  • Half course; one term

Nursing 9662 - Post-Positivist Research Methodology

This seminar focuses on knowledge for conducting nursing research placing particular emphasis on the role of theory in designing meaningful investigations of nursing phenomena. Knowledge of quantitative research design appropriateness with regard to sampling, measurement and data analysis is addressed within this context.

  • N9661 and N9611 are pre-requisites or co-requisites to this course
  • Half course; one term

Nursing 9663 - Interpretive and Critical Research Methodologies

Health and social services frequently require research eliciting in-depth understanding of human experience. This interdisciplinary course provides theory and practice in design, sampling, data collection, analysis and authenticity strategies of interpretive and critical inquiry. The emphasis is on qualitative research methodologies.

  • N9661 is pre-requisite or co-requisite to this course

Nursing 9664 - Research Practicum

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) work within multiple domains of practice including direct clinical practice, education, leadership and research. As advanced practice nurses (APN), NPs often are called upon to implement and/or guide others in the understanding and enactment of research in practice. Therefore, it is essential that all NPs have a theoretical and practical understanding of the research process. This course serves to support students in integrating theoretical aspects of research which have been introduced and explored in other core master’s courses through experiential learning. In this course, each student works with a faculty mentor in an established research team to gain experience in the application of research within the context of an APN role.

  • 12 seminar hours + 120 hour practicum
  • Half course; one term

Nursing 9674 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Education

This course is a study of principles of teaching, learning and evaluation. Learners will examine strategies for enhancing teaching and learning in classroom, non-traditional environments and clinical settings for different populations. Strategies for evaluating learning outcomes in academic and clinical settings will be explored with emphasis on critical analysis and critiquing. Various teaching approaches, including classroom seminars, microteaching and online learning will be used.

  • Half course; one term
  • Workshops and online sessions

Nursing 9676 - Leadership and Management of Nursing and Health Services

This course focuses on the application of theory and research from contemporary organization and management sciences to the understanding or organizational and care delivery structures and the management of financial and information resources. Emphasis on organizational assessment techniques and design of clinical programs across the continuum of care, work design approaches and operational support systems.

  • Half course; one term

Nursing 9678 - Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion

This seminar course will focus on theories and concepts germane to the field of health promotion, both generally and in nursing. The historical evolution of health promotion, broader determinants of health, models of health promotion and current debates and issues related to health promotion will be critically examined.

  • Half course; one term

Nursing 9680 - Doctoral Seminar

This seminar will provide an opportunity for students to discuss issues related to the development of Nursing Science and to their thesis research. Students are expected to participate in this course until they successfully complete the public presentation of their thesis proposal. The seminar will include presentations of ongoing and proposed research by faculty and students. As students are developing their thesis proposal, they may use the doctoral seminar to test their early ideas and obtain feedback from peers and faculty. Students will present their proposal in this forum.

Nursing 9681 - Philosophy of Nursing Science

In this course, the theory and philosophies of the evolution of science are examined in historical context with respect to changing paradigmatic perspectives. Past and current philosophical, theoretical and methodological debates are examined with particular emphasis on the relevance of these issues to the discipline of Nursing. Diverse theoretical perspectives within Nursing will be critiqued and analyzed and the relationships between philosophy, theory and research explored.

Nursing 9683 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

This course focuses on quantitative research methods, with an emphasis on measurement, design and analysis. Nursing research studies are evaluated relative to measurement theory. The development, reliability and validity of instruments to measure concepts germane to Nursing are examined. Research designs and related statistical analyses are explored with respect to their appropriateness for addressing disciplinary problems.


  • Master’s-level quantitative methods course (N9662 or equivalent)
  • Graduate level statistics course (HS9600 or equivalent) including: 
  • Descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Parametric and nonparametric statistics
  • Analysis of variance and covariance
  • Correlation, multiple regression and basic computer applications of these techniques

Nursing 9684 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methodology

This course focuses on intensive study of selected qualitative research methodologies relevant to the discipline of Nursing (e.g. phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, participatory action research). Nursing research studies are evaluated relative to the scientific standards for qualitative research. Specific issues addressed include theoretical bases for qualitative work, sampling, interviewing techniques, qualitative analysis and interpretation of data, the nature of qualitative description and the contribution of qualitative research to theory development in Nursing.


  • Master’s level qualitative research course (N9663 or equivalent)

Nursing 9693 - Knowledge Synthesis

This course emphasizes the integration of theory and research in the context of a significant issue within a particular field of study. The synthesis experience is intended to give the student the opportunity to critically examine the application of research and theory, with the guidance of the course professor and a preceptor. Students will undertake field work in a specific area of interest to meet their learning goals as negotiated with their course supervisor. Course content will be individualized to meet students’ needs.

  • Half course; one term

Nursing 9850 - Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners

Examine theoretical and practice related concepts in pathophysiology as a basis for advanced nursing practice. Explore alterations in physiological function with an emphasis on age-related, acute, episodic, and chronic conditions found in primary health care practice.

  • Seminar: 3 hours/week over 2 semesters

Nursing 9853 - Roles and Responsibilities

Compare and contrast advanced practice nursing and related frameworks to develop, integrate, sustain, and evaluate the role of the nurse practitioner within primary health care. Critically analyze and develop strategies to implement advanced practice nursing competencies (research, leadership, collaboration, and health and social policy).

  • Seminar: 3 hours/week for 12 weeks over 2 semesters

Nursing 9854 - Integrative Practicum

Synthesize the competencies essential to advanced nursing practice to provide primary health care for clients across the life span. Demonstrate autonomy, decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence scope of practice, professional accountability, and outcomes.

  • Pre requisite: All other NP courses
  • Seminar: 3 hours/week
  • Clinical: 7 hours/day for 13 weeks

Nursing 9856 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I

Differentiate concepts and frameworks essential to advanced health assessment, clinical reasoning, and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. Apply clinical, theoretical, and scientific knowledge in comprehensive and focused health assessment, including history taking, physical examination, diagnostic reasoning, and interpretation for the individual client’s diagnostic plan of care.

  • Pre/co-requisite: N9850 Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners
  • Seminar: 3 hours/week
  • Clinical: 6 hours/week

Nursing 9857 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II

Integrate conceptual frameworks integral to advanced health assessment, clinical reasoning, and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. Demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making for individual clients, groups, and/or communities within the nurse practitioner scope of practice.

  • Pre-requisite: N9856 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
  • Seminar: 3 hours/week
  • Clinical: 6 hours/week