Nursing - Advanced Practice Specialization

Please note the application deadline for this program has been extended to March 1st, 2023. 

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

The goals of the Master of Nursing – Advanced Practice Specialization program are to educate Advanced Practice nurses to:

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

2. design and implement advanced practice nursing 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 Nursing Specialization is delivered synchronously via a web-based videoconferencing and teleconferencing system. Students will complete an Advanced Nursing Practicum (NURS 5805) requiring a triad relationship between the student, course leader and agency preceptor. One practicum placement will occur for each student, based on student's areas of interest and geographical locations. Students should not solicit their own placements.

Students 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 (total of 12 terms, or 4 years). As this option is intended for working professionals, students admitted to the Flex Option will not be considered for financial support. Note: 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
  • Two references (one academic and one 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 February 1st. (Please note: this deadline has been extended to March 1st, 2023).

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.

Apply to Graduate Studies

Official Transcript
Proof of Degree
Official English Test Results (If required)

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

  • 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
  • Two references (one academic and one clinical reference) - the link will be automatically emailed to each of the referees you have identified in your application.

The Statement of Goals and Intentions 

The Statement of Goals and Intentions for the MN-APN must address specific issues. The statement should not exceed four pages, and must be one-sided, double-spaced, with one inch margins. MN-APN 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 Practice 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 Practice Nursing Specialization program. Please refer to specific courses from your transcript and/or specific experiences from your Curriculum Vitae.

Graduate Studies Reference Form (2 references required)

  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the Graduate Studies Online Application Form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research

Program Specific Supporting Documents

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
  • Applicants to the Advanced Practice Specialization do not need any previous clinical practice hours in order to apply.
  • Two references (one academic and one clinical) - the link will be automatically emailed to each of the referees you have identified in your application.

Applicants to the Master of Nursing should indicate their interest in the Advanced Practice Specialization at the time of application to the MN program. Such applicants must submit:

  1. A complete application package to the MN program with Advanced Practice Specialization as the program of study; unofficial academic transcripts; curriculum vitae; statement of goals and intentions; two references; proof of current registration "without restrictions" with the College of Nurses Ontario.
  2. A cover letter indicating interest in completing the MN Advanced Practice Specialization

Use this MN Application Checklist to ensure you have everything you need for a complete application.

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

Advanced Standing

Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations regarding Advanced Standing

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, N95 mask fit, 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 their own 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

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, for a total of twelve terms (4 years). 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.

The most up-to-date internal awards and applications will be on our new award system COMING SOON.

Graduate Studies Funding Database