Students typically complete the program in two years of full-time study or in three to four years of part-time study (see Appendix One: MN Course Schedule). The program is conducted using a blended delivery format with a combination of on-campus and online learning activities.
Students are required to come to the University of Lethbridge campus for meetings throughout the program for all courses with the exception of NURS 5130–Practice Experience.
The program consists of required course work and culminates with either a final project or thesis. Students must declare their interest (in writing) in pursuing a project or a thesis by November 1 in the semester in which they are registered in NURS 5110–Health Research: Critique, Synthesis, and Application.
Project-focused students will complete nine courses (see Appendix One: MN Course Schedule) and a final project (see Part 7: Project Route).
Thesis- focused students will complete seven courses (see Appendix One: MN Course Schedule) and a thesis (see Part 8: Thesis Route). Students interested in the thesis route must identify a potential thesis topic and a Thesis Supervisor by the end of NURS 5110–Health Research: Critique, Synthesis, and Application.
Students also must declare a focus in either nursing education or clinical practice that guides the focus of the practicum course and project/thesis work. Students must declare (in writing) their chosen focus by the end of NURS 5110–Health Research: Critique, Synthesis, and Application.
Members of the Faculty of Health Sciences have wide ranging research foci and areas of expertise. The faculty will deliver the program’s courses and act as course instructors (project route) and Thesis Supervisors (thesis route) (ulethbridge.ca/healthsciences/content/faculty-supervisors).
Upon completion of the program students will:
- Skillfully evaluate and disseminate knowledge;
- Support, promote and advance evidence-informed nursing practice in diverse settings;
- Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge and expertise in nursing practice in educational, clinical practice or research settings;
- Advance the profession of nursing by enacting evidence-informed and ethical leadership in diverse interdisciplinary settings;
- Promote health and health policy through responsible, collaborative and action-oriented leadership.
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