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Summary of Courses for Study for MSN Nursing

Year I - Semester 1

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
Integrates nursing science with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. Emphasis on technology based health applications, which support clinical, administrative, research, and educational decision making enhancing the efficacy of nursing endeavors

Credit Hours: (2-1-0=3)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
The course is an overview of the classic and contemporary philosophies, theories and research about teaching and learning in nursing. Teaching and learning in schools of nursing, practice settings for the professional development of nurses and client (patient) education are primary foci of the course.

Credit Hours: (3-1-0=4)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: None
This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills to effectively use biostatistics in different research design and data analysis, and to understand articles in related professional journals. Topics include choosing correct statistical methods and study designs in nursing research and practice; descriptive statistics; probability and probability distributions; estimation and hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, introduction to analysis of variance.

Credit Hours: (2-0-0=2)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: None
This course prepares the Masters students to the advance practice role in the complexities of the health care delivery system that challenge the nursing profession to adapt to its demands. To be successful in that endeavour, a nurse must acquire a broad knowledge in nursing leadership and management. A nurse leader has to be competent to tackle issues in various areas of patient care and management of the associated interdisciplinary functions to generate productive results. This course also addresses topics concerning organizational concepts such as interdisciplinary collaboration, human resources development, strategic planning, information systems, the process of care delivery, quality management, performance appraisal, magnetism, staffing and scheduling and budgeting principles.

Credit Hours: (3-0-1=4)


Year 1: Semester 2

Course Description:

Prerequisites: None
This course prepares the advanced practice nurse to conduct focused and comprehensive health assessments of clients across the lifespan. The process of diagnostic reasoning is emphasized as the primary means of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the client history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures

Credit Hours: (2-1-1 = 4)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: None
The course utilizes the critical reasoning process to examine the element of nursing knowledge. Emphasis is placed on concept analysis and the evaluation of nursing theories. Identification of the links between theory and empirical indicators is examined. The clinical relevance of mid-range and practice theories is explored and applied in design of nursing interventions for individuals, families, groups, and communities

Credit Hours: (2-0-0 = 2)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
The student will analyze theoretical and pragmatic legal-ethical issues regarding professional nursing and health care. Emphasis is on an understanding of the nurse as a professional who embraces lifelong learning, incorporates professionalism into practice and internalizes the values of the profession.

Credit Hours: (2-0-0 = 2)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
This course is an in-depth study of nursing research methodologies. The focus will be on the interrelationships among theory, advanced nursing practice, and research. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills used in critical analysis of nursing research for the purpose of determining applicability of the research to nursing practice. The practical hours will facilitate the students to develop research proposal for the selected clinical phenomena and to present it to the research committee of the college for the approval.

Credit Hours: (3-2-0 = 3)


Year 2: Semester 3
Nursing Specialty – Adult Health & Gerontology Nursing

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course focuses on pharmacology and therapeutics used in the treatment of selected health conditions commonly encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Emphasis is placed on the decision making process utilized to safely and effectively prescribe and monitor pharmacotherapeutics appropriate to the client situation.

Credit Hours: (3-0-0=3)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course is designed to provide the registered nursing student with Baccalaureate degree in nursing, to work towards an advanced adult health nurse specialist. The course provides students an opportunity to develop expertise and in depth knowledge in management of patients with complex acute and chronic illnesses across all settings. This course incorporates utilization of clinical judgment, clinical inquiry and facilitation of learning and caring practices. Emphasis is given to incorporate the pathophysiological component in undertaking the disease process and management. It will help the students to apply an expanded range of theoretical, practical and research based competencies to phenomena experienced by adult clients of culturally diverse backgrounds of all ages. Importance is given to the role of the nurse in direct care, consultation, leadership, collaboration, coaching, research, ethical decision making, moral agency and advocacy.

Credit Hours: (4-1-3=8)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester III Courses
This course offers Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) in Pediatrics assist with health promotion and assessment, illness prevention, risk identification and the acute and chronic care of children at birth, neonates, infants, toddlers, school age children and adolescent clients and their families. CNS concepts and expanded knowledge in pediatric health nursing that will allow students to consolidate and apply previous learning and provide new opportunities to focus on clinical. As a member of an inter professional health care system, the student is prepared to provide safe, competent and research based patient centered care.

Credit Hours: (4-1-3=8)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester III Courses
This course is designed to provide the registered nursing students with Baccalaureate nursing qualification, the opportunity to develop the fundamental knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgment in community health nursing which is needed to practice nursing safely. All graduates are expected to know and use the standards for community health nursing based on Canadian standards of practice, while working in any of the areas of practice, education, administration or research. Also graduate who practices their specialty can promote the health of individuals, families, communities’ populations and environment that supports health. They can also practice in diverse settings such as homes, school, community health centres and industry.

Credit Hours: (4-1-3=8)

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester III Courses
This course is designed to focus on implementing principles for psychiatric advanced practice nursing. Knowledge from nursing science and related fields is used to assess, diagnose, and treat clients with psych-mental health problems. Wellness and the promotion of mental health, treatment of clients with acute mental illnesses, and the prevention of further psychiatric morbidity or disability are emphasized. The context of caring is explored relative to client circumstances, resources, and issues in the delivery of mental health services to individuals families and communities. Nursing research findings are applied to emphasize the link between psychotherapeutic process and outcomes which form the evidence base for psychiatric health care.

Credit Hours: (4-1-3=8)


Year 2: Semester 4
Nursing Specialty – Adult Health & Gerontology Nursing

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
This course is designed to provide the registered nursing student with Baccalaureate nursing qualification, the opportunity to develop expertise and in depth knowledge in management of patients with complex acute and chronic illnesses across setting while employing clinical judgment, clinical inquiry and, facilitation of learning and caring practices. It will help the students to apply an expanded range of theoretical, practical, and research-based competencies to phenomena experienced by adult clients of culturally diverse backgrounds of all ages. Emphasis is given to the role of the nurse in direct care, consultation, system leadership, collaboration, coaching, research, ethical decision-making, moral agency, and advocacy

Credit Hours: (5-1-3=9)

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
This course offers Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialists (PCNS) design and individualize care for children and groups of children within the context of their families and communities in order to improve the quality of their lives. The PCNS role differs from the NP role in that the focus is population-focused care, family management and education and nursing staff support rather than direct treatment. CNS in Pediatrics often provides education and support to staff nurses regarding implementation of evidenced-based practice and new technology

Credit Hours: (5-1-3=9)

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
The course is designed to help graduates to practice community health nursing by combining the theory and knowledge of nursing with social sciences and public health science with primary health care. They will be able to view disease prevention, health protection and health promotion as goals of their professional practice. At the same time, the graduate will be able to collaborate with individuals, families, groups, communities, to design promotion and carry out community development, health promotion and disease prevention strategies. They will be able to identify and promote care decisions that build on the capacity of the individuals or community. In addition they will be able to mobilize resources to support health by coordinating care and planning services, programs and policies with individuals, caregivers, families, other disciplines, organizations, communities and governments

Credit Hours: (5-1-3=9)

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
This course is designed to focus on implementing principles for psychiatric advanced practice nursing. Knowledge from nursing science and related fields is used to assess, diagnose, and treat clients with psych-mental health problems. Wellness and the promotion of mental health, treatment of clients with acute mental illnesses, and the prevention of further psychiatric morbidity or disability are emphasized. The context of caring is explored relative to client circumstances, resources, and issues in the delivery of mental health services to individuals families and communities. Nursing research findings are applied to emphasize the link between psychotherapeutic process and outcomes which form the evidence base for psychiatric health care.

Credit Hours: (5-1-3=9)

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
The main focus of this course will be a faculty-guided Thesis. This Thesis will have a strong research component and will be a summative work. Students who do not complete the Thesis in one semester may repeat for additional credits.

Credit Hours: (0-4-0=4)