Nursing - Advanced Practice Specialization

Applications for Fall 2023 intake will open Oct 1st, and the deadline for completed applications is February 1st, 2023. 

The Master of Nursing (MN) program is a coursework master’s program, which includes a clinical placement component. The Advanced nursing practice stream is primarily intended to prepare advanced practice nurses to meet the needs of a diverse population. The program may be of interest for individuals interested in pursuing careers in nursing education, research, leadership and/or policy.

The goals of the Master of Nursing program are to educate advanced practice nurses to:

1. synthesize in-depth knowledge and theory related to advanced nursing practice;

2. design and implement advanced nursing practice with diverse clients;

3. demonstrate enhanced skills in critical appraisal and research methodologies to contribute to nursing research;

4. demonstrate leadership skills to influence change in nursing and health care, and

5. engage in therapeutic relational practice with individuals, families, communities, and interprofessional care providers.

The Masters of Nursing Program Advance Practice Specialization is a six credit program. All students will complete 2.0 FCE of core graduate nursing courses. Thereafter, students will complete 4.0 FCE in the Advanced Practice Specialization.

Core Courses

Nursing 5015 Nursing Philosophy (0.5 FCE)
Nursing 5016 Qualitative Research (0.5 FCE)
Nursing 5017 Statistics (0.5 FCE)
Nursing 5018 Quantitative Research (0.5 FCE)

Total (2.0 FCE)

Advanced Practice Specialization 

Nursing 5210 Advanced Nursing Practice Theory (0.5 FCE)
Nursing 5805 Advanced Nursing Practicum (1.0 FCE)
Nursing 5211 Nursing Leadership (0.5 FCE)
Nursing 5213 Diversity, Equity and Social Justice (0.5 FCE)
1.5 FCEs Electives from Nursing or from other Faculties with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator

Total (4.0 FCE)

The Advanced Practice Specialization program will be delivered through a hybrid model that integrates face-to-face opportunities with synchronous technology-enabled delivery via a web-based videoconferencing and teleconferencing system such as Zoom. Students in the Advanced Practice Specialization who are able to attend courses on campus can participate in face-to-face classes for all core courses and electives and those students who are off campus can synchronously link to the class via technology. Students will complete an Advanced Nursing Practicum (NURS 5805) requiring a triad relationship between the student, course leader and agency preceptor. The School of Nursing Clinical Coordinator will arrange one practicum placement for each student. Students should not solicit placements and do not have the authority to approve clinical placements.

 Students in a Master's program are expected to complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous full-time registration. As an exception, students in the Master of Nursing programs can be admitted to the Flexible (Flex) Option of six additional terms of continuous registration. As this option is intended for working professionals, students admitted to the Flex Option will not be considered for financial support. Note that students will not be permitted to change from the Standard Option to the Flex Option, and vice versa. 

Admission Requirements for Masters

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year can not be used as credit towards a graduate degree.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. All applicants will be advised by the Office of Graduate Studies in writing of their admission status.

In addition to the general admission requirements for Master programs, the following requirements also apply for the Master of Nursing program:

  • Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or its equivalent from a university of recognized standing with a minimum 70% average
  • Evidence of a commitment to nursing as contained in the student's Curriculum Vitae and Statement of Goals and Intentions
  • Proof of current registration “without restrictions” with the College of Nurses of Ontario or another jurisdiction in Canada
  • Three references (one academic and two clinical references) - the link will be automatically emailed to each of the referees you have identified in your application.

The Statement of Goals and Intentions – Master of Nursing Advanced Nursing Specialization

The Statement of Goals and Intentions for the MN Advanced Nursing Specialization must address specific issues. The statement should not exceed four pages, and must be one-sided, double-spaced, with one inch margins. MN Advanced Nursing Specialization applicants should address the following two (2) statements in the Statement of Goals and Intentions for the program.

  1. What are your specific career goals, and how will the Master of Nursing – Advanced Nursing Specialization program assist you to fulfill them?
  2. Please indicate how your previous academic and/or work experience has prepared you to study in the Master of Nursing Advanced Nursing Specialization program. Please refer to specific courses from your transcript and/or specific experiences from your Curriculum Vitae.

How to Apply

Complete applications are due March 1st.

The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

Click here to Apply to Graduate Studies 

After you have applied 

After you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.

Graduate Studies Reference Form (3 forms required)
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
Official Transcript
Proof of Degree
Program Specific Supporting Documents (If required)
  • For a list of program specific documents, please see this program's Additional Application Information section (if required, see above)
Official English Test Results (If required)

Next Steps

Registration Procedures

Before Registering!

Check to make sure all of your course selections are currently being offered by referring to the University Course Calendar and the University Course Time Tables.

University Graduate Studies & General Regulations & Policies

Master of Nursing Program Regulations

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, the following regulations apply to students in the Master of Nursing program.

Registration
Students in the Master of Nursing program will normally complete a maximum of three half-credit courses (1.5 FCEs) per term (fall, winter, spring/summer). A student who wishes to take more than three half-credit courses in a single term may do so only if the student has:
(1) at least an 80% overall average in the previous term, and
(2) the permission of the Master of Nursing Graduate Co-ordinator.
Students are not eligible to take more than three half-credit courses in their first term of study.

Clinical Practice Placement
The clinical practice placement (Nursing 5805) normally takes place after completion of the required courses and electives, and after all course grades are available. All students must show up-to-date documentation of immunization status, Basic Life Support Certificate, and Police Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening prior to clinical placement.

It is the responsibility of the student to contact the School of Nursing Clinical Coordinator at least 4 months prior to proceeding with the practicum placement, in order to ensure adequate time to plan the practicum.

Students must maintain at least a 70% overall Nursing average to proceed with the practicum placement. If a course must be repeated, it must be successfully completed before the student can proceed with the practicum placement.

The School of Nursing Clinical Coordinator will arrange one practicum placement for each student. Students should not solicit placements, and do not have the authority to approve clinical placements.

Safe Clinical Practice 
Unsafe, unethical, or unprofessional behaviour may result in dismissal from the program. Refer to the School of Nursing Regulations.

Clinical Documentation and Other Requirements 
Students should be aware that criminal reference checks and other clinical requirements must be completed well in advance of completion of clinical courses. Refer to the School of Nursing Regulations.

Minimum Satisfactory Academic Standing

1. General

As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations on minimal acceptable academic standing, graduate students must achieve 70% or higher in all courses in the Master of Nursing program. A score of less than 70% in any course will constitute a failure.

As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, no more than one course (weighted either 1.0 FCE of 0.5 FCE) in a Master of Nursing program may be repeated/replaced.

Period of Study
Students in a Master's program are expected to complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous full-time registration. As an exception, students in the Master of Nursing programs can be admitted to the Flexible (Flex) Option of six additional terms of continuous registration. As this option is intended for working professionals, students admitted to the Flex Option will not be considered for financial support. Note that students will not be permitted to change from the Standard Option to the Flex Option, and vice versa.

Graduate Funding

At Lakehead University, we realize the importance of financial support for graduate students.

Therefore, financial assistance opportunities are available in several forms and are generally awarded to students by individual programs on the basis of academic promise and financial need.

The different funding options available include:

For your convenience, a searchable database of graduate scholarships, bursaries, and awards is provided below. Award eligibility, criteria, and application procedures for graduate funding is indicated for each award. Please use the general search tool to find available funding by program. Alternatively, you may also click the advanced search link to specify available funding by program level, award category and/or award amount.

Although financial support cannot be guaranteed to all graduate students in all programs, we encourage you to inquire about financial assistance with your Graduate Coordinator in your program of study. You may also contact the Graduate Funding Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies to learn more about your graduate funding options.

Conditions of Graduate Awards

Graduate scholarships are based on academic merit. Graduate bursaries are based on financial need, although there may be a merit component to the bursary. Where the award designates that an application is required, only those students who have submitted the specified application by the deadline will be considered for those awards. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Only successful applicants will be notified.

Recipients of scholarships, awards and bursaries must be registered in order to receive funding. Graduate awards are applied to any outstanding balance on the student's account. Students are entitled to their awards only after their fees are paid in full. Only students with credit account balances will be refunded the balance of the overpayment. Overpayment refunds of these awards will be issued at the end of September, January and May each year.

The University reserves the right to make changes without prior notice to the terms, conditions and award values listed in this section and in the University Calendar.

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