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Graduate Studies Calendar 2018-2019 Program Descriptions Nursing NURS
Nursing - NURS
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Location: Professional Faculties Building, Room 2260
Program number: 403.220.6241
Fax: 403.284.4803
Email address: nursgrad@ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: nursing.ucalgary.ca

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Nursing (MN), course-based or thesis-based
Integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner (MN/NP)
Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MN/MBA), course-based
Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Diploma (PMNP)

The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed to educate professionals for excellence in nursing scholarship through original research related to specialized practice with identified client populations.

Master of Nursing programs prepare nurses for advanced practice in focused areas that may include direct clinical practice, education, or health policy/leadership. The thesis-based program offers a focused supervised research experience.

A Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner (PMNP) diploma program, with an adult health acute care focus, is offered. The PMNP can be achieved as a Post-Master’s program or through an integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner (MN/NP) program. The Nurse Practitioner program or any of its courses will only be offered contingent on the availability of resources and a sufficient cohort of students. Further information on the integrated MN/NP program can be found at nursing.ucalgary.ca.

Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MN/MBA) is a joint program offered with the Haskayne School of Business. MN/MBA must be completed full-time during the day.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Faculty of Nursing requires that an applicant must:

Master of Nursing

a) Be a Registered Nurse holding a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing;

b) Be eligible for active nursing registration in Alberta (registrants in the program must provide proof of active CARNA registration or equivalent each year);

c) Hold CPR Certification at the Basic Rescuer or Basic Cardiac Life Support or “C” level;

d) Have successfully completed one undergraduate course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent) in research methodology;

e) Have successfully completed one undergraduate course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent) in statistics;

f) Applicants to the MN/NP and PMNP programs must have three years' (full-time or equivalent) clinical experience and must provide documentation from their employer confirming they have met the three years' experience (4,500 hours);

g) Submit two references, one from someone capable of assessing the applicant's academic and research ability, normally an academic, and one from someone who can attest to the applicant's nursing practice and expertise;

h) Submit a security/police clearance letter (Alberta Health Services require security clearance checks for nursing graduate students who will be doing a practicum or research in the region);

i) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, submit a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 97 (Internet-based test); IELTS score of 7.0; MELAB score of 83; PTE score of 68; or complete Tier III of the International Foundations program (werklund.ucalgary.ca/ifp) with a minimum grade of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar III, "B" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency III, and "B" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency III, and;

j) Have an interview(s) with a faculty member, if requested by the Faculty.

The practicum providers and public health authorities have determined that in order to participate in practicum it is mandatory for students to be immunized against/tested for a variety of communicable diseases. They also must be fit tested for a N95 mask. Further information is available on the Faculty of Nursing website. This is also applicable to those in the MN/NP and the PMNP programs;

A minimum of three years' (full-time or equivalent) Registered Nurse practice experience in the proposed area of study is required for applicants to the MN/NP or the PMNP. These applicants must also provide commitment from the Health Region for practicum placement availability for the final practicum of the NP program (Nursing 650).

Any graduate student requesting transfer to the integrated MN/NP program must consult with their current supervisor prior to application.

Applicants to the MN course-based program have the option of registering as a part-time student.

Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MN/MBA)

Applicants to the combined MN/MBA program must be admitted to the MN program, and make a separate application for admission to the MBA program. Students must meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and those of the MN and MBA programs. The respective Combined Program Committee will review each application. Normally, only a full-time student in the Master of Nursing program may take a combined program. Please consult with the Faculty of Nursing Graduate Programs Office for more information.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) Normally be a Registered Nurse.

b) Normally hold CPR Certification at the Basic Rescuer or Basic Cardiac Life Support or “C” level.

c) Submit a study plan outlining the areas of proposed concentration, goals in undertaking doctoral work, initial intentions regarding course work, and a statement of the preliminary plans for thesis research.

d) Provide examples of the applicant's written scholarly work such as publications, research reports, course assignments, etc.

e) Provide a curriculum vitae.

f) Provide a letter of commitment from the identified supervisor indicating willingness to provide supervision throughout the program of studies and supporting the applicant's study plan.

g) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, submit a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 97 (Internet-based test); IELTS score of 7.0; MELAB score of 83; PTE score of 68; or complete Tier III of the International Foundations program (werklund.ucalgary.ca/ifp) with a minimum grade of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar III, "B" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency III, and "B" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency III.

h) Have successfully completed one graduate-level course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent) in quantitative methods, one graduate-level course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent) in qualitative methods, plus one graduate-level course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent) in statistics. Exceptions may be considered, but the onus will be on the applicant to provide sufficient evidence to warrant exception. Deficiencies must be successfully eliminated prior to or in the first year of the doctoral program.

i) Submit three references, one of which must be from the applicant's supervisor of their master's program.

j) Submit a security/police clearance letter (Alberta Health Services require security clearance checks for nursing graduate students who will be doing a practicum or research in the region).

The practicum providers and public health authorities have determined that in order to participate in practicum it is mandatory for students to be immunized against/tested for a variety of communicable diseases. They also must be fit tested for a N95 mask. Further information is available on the Faculty of Nursing website.

Academic Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities

It is important for students with documented disabilities, who have met the admission criteria, to note that the Academic Accommodation Policy does not require the University to lower or substantially modify standards in order to accommodate students with disabilities. Adaptive technology and/or academic accommodations are available to facilitate learning, but they do not relieve students of their responsibilities to develop the essential skills and abilities expected of all other students.

4. Advanced Credit

Applicants must include requests for advanced credit, accompanied by a rationale, when they apply for admission. For courses taken outside the University of Calgary, applicants must provide official transcripts and a copy of the course outline detailing the course description, objectives, assignments, readings, etc.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies' requirements, the Faculty of Nursing requires the following:

Master of Nursing Programs

The Master of Nursing Program is presently revising its curriculum to align with Faculty of Nursing strategic plan, and comply with changes required by the Nursing Education Program Approval Board (NEPAB). The Nurse Practitioner program, in particular, will be revising and shifting content and delivery of the program to meet the NEPAB standards. These standards will be in accordance with established University processes, but the implementation of the revised courses may be done outside the usual annual cycle.

Courses in the integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner program and the Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Diploma program (Nursing 642, 644, 646, 650, 661, 663, 665) are often scheduled outside the standard semester timelines, as permitted.

Master of Nursing (course-based)

a) Successful completion of the following core courses: Nursing 605, 611, 621, 627, 629, 633, 634, 683.

b) One graduate-level course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent) in statistics (Nursing 609).

c) Two graduate-level course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent) electives related to the student's focus of study.

Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (course-based)

Students admitted to the MN/MBA will focus on courses for the MBA during the first year and on MN courses in year two. Typically, the remaining courses required will be completed in year three. A total of 78 units (13 full-course equivalents) is required. Course requirements include:

a) MBA courses (51 units or 8.5 full-course equivalents):

b) MN courses (27 units or 4.5 full-course equivalents):

Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner

a) Successful completion of the following core courses: Nursing 605, 611, 621, 627, 629, 633, 661, 663, 665, 683.

b) One graduate-level course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent) in statistics (Nursing 609).

c) Successful completion of the following core NP courses: Nursing 642, 644, 646, 650.

Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Diploma

a) Successful completion of prerequisite courses: Nursing 661, 663, 665.

b) Successful completion of the following core NP courses: Nursing 642, 644, 646, 650.

For the Nurse Practitioner practicum component of the integrated MN/NP and for the PMNP, there are additional requirements:

  • Mandatory participation of NP students in all activities related to practicum courses. NP students' practicum experiences may be scheduled at various hours, including evenings, nights and weekends. Practicum experiences may also extend outside the normal academic term. Normally, a student will not be permitted to withdraw from a NP practicum course in order to avoid a failing grade in that course.
  • Students in either the MN/NP or the PMNP will not be permitted to take Nursing 642 if their cumulative grade point average prior to commencing Nursing 642 is less than 3.00.

Master of Nursing (thesis-based)

a) At minimum successful completion of the following core courses: Nursing 605, 611, 621, 627, 629, 633, 683.

b) One graduate-level course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent) in statistics (Nursing 609).

Evaluation of nursing practicum will be weighted at 40 per cent of the final grade across all of the practica in the MN course-based and MN thesis-based programs, with a weight of 60 per cent for the seminar component.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) For students prepared at the master's level in nursing a minimum of 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) is required: Nursing 705, 769, two courses in advanced research methods at the 700 level, and two doctoral thesis seminars (Nursing 711 and 733).

b) Students in the doctoral program normally are required to take advanced research methods courses at the 700 level in both qualitative and quantitative research approaches, one of which must be Nursing 721 or 783.

c) After completion of the student's course work and approval of the thesis research proposal, a candidacy examination with a written and an oral component is required. Baccalaureate and non-nursing master's prepared applicants must complete additional coursework beyond the six core courses listed in (a). Applicants are individually assessed. The number and types of additional courses required will vary according to the applicant's academic, research and practice background as well as the proposed research plan.

6. Additional Requirements

None.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Under special circumstances, with the consent of the Faculty, students may take undergraduate courses, normally at the senior or 500-level, for the Master of Nursing degree.

8. Time Limit

Expected completion time for full-time students in the Master of Nursing program is two years. Maximum completion time is four years for the thesis-based program and six years for the course-based program including the MN/NP. The PMNP is one year, full-time study. Expected completion time for doctoral students is four years; maximum completion time is six years.

9. Supervisory Assignments

a) Students in any of the course-based routes of the Graduate Programs will be assigned a permanent supervisor throughout their program of study.

b) If co-supervision is sought for a Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner (MN/NP) student, the supervision for the MN component will consist of the faculty member as the supervisor, and the NP faculty member as the co-supervisor. When the student commences the first practicum in the NP component, the supervision will reverse in that the supervisor will now be the NP faculty member and the co-supervisor will be responsible for the MN comprehensive examination.

c) In addition to normal regulations for assignment of supervisors in the MN program, a supervisory committee must be struck for all MN thesis students no later than three months after the appointment of supervisor.

d) Normally the Faculty of Nursing supervisor for an MN/NP or PMNP student is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Committee.

e) Doctoral students require a Faculty of Nursing member to commit to their supervision as a condition of admission.

10. Required Examinations

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the program requires:

Master of Nursing (course-based) examination

A final oral examination will occur after completion of all coursework, including a presentation of the student's scholarly project. The oral examination will be scheduled after the receipt of the Nursing 634 grade and will consist of an oral defense of the project.

For the Nurse Practitioner component of the integrated MN/NP, all courses, with the exception of Nursing 650, must be completed prior to the MN comprehensive examination. Students may not proceed to Nursing 650 if they have not successfully completed their MN comprehensive examination.

The final exam in the MN/NP and the PMNP includes an experiential practice component and an oral examination.

In case of a fail in Nursing 650, a student under appeal may not proceed to the Nurse Practitioner (NP) comprehensive exam.

Doctor of Philosophy

Candidacy

The doctoral candidacy examination has a written and an oral component. The written component focuses on three areas:

a) the theory that defines existing knowledge in the student's chosen area of nursing research.

b) the literature that defines existing knowledge in the student's chosen area of nursing research.

c) the proposed research method and data analysis/management strategy chosen for the thesis. The student has three weeks to complete the written component. The candidacy committee has approximately two weeks to review the written submission before the oral examination.

Students are expected to defend and extend their knowledge in these three areas. Questions about the student's proposed research may be asked.

New candidacy requirements are effective from September 1, 2015. See nursing.ucalgary.ca/graduate/program-information/policies-procedures.

Thesis Examination (Master of Nursing (thesis-based) and Doctor of Philosophy)

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations for thesis examinations, the program requires:

Scheduling of the Examination
All members of the Supervisory Committee must have reviewed the student's draft thesis document before an examination can be scheduled.

Composition of the Committee
The Internal Examiner may be internal to the home program.

The final thesis examination is open.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Doctoral students must have their research proposals approved in principle by their supervisory committee prior to candidacy. Students must receive formal approval of their research proposals from the supervisory committee before proceeding to ethical review and implementation of the project. The approved proposal will be housed in the Research Office, Faculty of Nursing.

Students whose research involves human subjects must receive ethics approval from the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board.

12. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar. Scholarship application packages will be available on the Faculty of Nursing Website prior to each competition deadline. The application deadline for internal scholarships is February 1. Students admitted to the doctoral program are highly encouraged to seek external funding to support their studies and research. Please note that the deadlines for external funding applications may not coincide with the February 1 deadline.