Nursing Science

Nursing Science: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Nursing

Degree Programs

Nursing Science

MN​
Fields:
Clinical Nursing
Health Systems Leadership and Administration
Nurse Pra​ctitioner​
 
Emphases (Nurse Practitioner field only):
Adult
Paediatric
Primary Health Care—Global Health
​​PhD
Fields:
Critical Approaches to Health and Health Care
Effective Care and Health Outcomes
Nursing Health Systems​

Diploma Programs

​Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner (PMNP) Diploma​
Emphases:
Adult
Paediatric
Primary Health Care—Global Health

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. ​​Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course
    • Nursing Science, MN, PhD
  2. Bioethics
    • Nursing Science, MN, PhD
  3. Global Health
    • Nursing Science, PhD
  4. Resuscitation Sciences
    • Nursing Science, MN, PhD
  5. Women's Health
    • Nursing Science, MN, PhD

Overview

The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing is committed to student-centred learning that encompasses the principles of empowerment, engagement, discovery, diversity, equity, and knowledge transformation for nursing practice.

Students have opportunities to engage with expert clinicians, scientists, and theorists and have access to a variety of interprofessional and interdisciplinary experiences with other health profession Faculties, the University, and community partners. These resources enable students to develop their intellectual capacity; their research, critical thinking, and judgment abilities; and skills required to be exemplar nurses, advanced practice nurses, leaders, scientists, scholars, and educators.

Contact and Address

Web: http://bloomberg.nursing.utoron​to.ca
Email: inquiry.nursing@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-8727
Fax: (416) 978-8222

Graduate Department of Nursing Science
University of Toronto
Suite 130, 155 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1P8
Canada

Nursing Science: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Angus, Janet - BScN, MSN, PhD
Bierman, Arlene - MS, MD
Cleverley, Kristin - BN, MN, MSN, PhD
Cranley, Lisa - PhD
Dale, Craig - BSc, PhD
Dennis, Cindy-Lee - PhD
Gastaldo, Denise - BSN, MA, PhD
Hillan, Edith - MPH, MSc, PhD
Howell, Doris - BNSc, MSN, PhD
Jeffs, Lianne - PhD
Johnston, Linda - BSc, PhD (Dean)
McGillis, Linda - BHA, MS, PhD
McGilton, Kathy - BScN, MN, PhD
Metcalfe, Kelly - BNSc, PhD
Muntaner, Carles - MHSc, MD, PhD
Nelson, Sioban - PhD
Parry, Monica - BScN, MSc, MEd, PhD
Peter, Elizabeth - BA, BSN, MSN, PhD
Rose, Rebecca Louise - BN, MN, PhD
Stevens, Bonnie - BSc, MSN, PhD
Stinson, Jennifer - BScN, MSc, PhD
Stremler, Robyn - PhD, RN
Tourangeau, Ann - BScN, MN, PhD

Members Emeriti

Donner, Gail - PhD
Doran, Diane - BA, PhD
Gallop, Ruth - BSN, MSN, PhD
Hodnett, Ellen - BSN, PhD
McKeever, Patricia - BN, MSA, DPhil
O'Brien-Pallas, Linda-Lee - BSN, MSN, PhD
Pringle, Dorothy - BScN, MS, PhD

Associate Members

Bedard, Philippe - BA, MD
Chavez, Wilfrida - MHSc, PhD
Chernenko, Susan - BN, MN
Chung, Hae-Joo - BSc, MSc
Colella, Tracey JF - MSc, PhD
Donald, Faith - BScN, MN, MS, PhD
Gilmour, Joan - LLB, BA, LLM, LLD, JD
Hardie, Catherine - BSN, MSN, EdD
Iwase, Maki - MN, PhD
Joolaee, Soodabeh - BNSc, MSc, PhD
Kim, Raymond - MD
Lee, Jacques - MSc, MD
Macdonald, Geraldine - BSN, MEd, EdD
MacIver, Elizabeth Jane - PhD
Mariano, Claudia - BScN, MSN
Mayo, Samantha - PhD
McAllister, Mary - BNSc, MHSc, PhD
Merklinger, Sandra - BScN, MSN, PhD
Nelson, LaRon - PhD
Nistor, Oana-Irina - BN, MN
Price, Jennifer - AB, BNSc, MSN, PhD
Richter, Solina - BNSc, BA
Rourke, Sean - BSc, BA, PhD
Schneeweiss, Suzan - MD
Spoelstra, Sandra - BN, MSN, PhD
Thomson, Heather - BN, MN, PhD
Verkuyl, Margaret - BScN, MN
Watson, Mary Jo - BScN, MSc
Whitley, Ann - BNSc, MN
Wynn, Francine - BA, MA, PhD

Nursing Science: Nursing Science MN

Master of Nursing

Program Description

The MN program prepares advanced nurses with specialized knowledge, skills, and expertise in a defined area of nursing. The program offers three fields: Clinical Nursing; Health Systems Leadership and Administration; and Nurse Practitioner.

 

Field: Clinical Nursing

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Nursing Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must hold the BScN degree of the University of Toronto or an equivalent degree. Applicants must have obtained at least a mid-B standing in the final year of undergraduate study and, in addition, must have obtained at least a B standing in the next-to-final year.

  • Applicants must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse or equivalent.

  • For further information about applying, please email connect.nursing@utoronto.ca or visit the website.

Program Requirements

  • To qualify for the degree, students shall complete a program of study outlined by the Graduate Department of Nursing Science.

  • Coursework. The MN program requires 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​four foundational courses (NUR 1017H, NUR 1022H, NUR 1028H, NUR 1034H) and

    • a 1.0 FCE practicum-based course (NUR 1072Y), which should be taken alone in the final session and only after completion of all other coursework and program requirements;

    • two required clinical field of study courses (NUR 1170H and NUR 1171H) (1.0 FCE);

    • two elective field of study courses (1.0 FCE). One of these two field of study courses may be selected from outside the Faculty of Nursing.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

Field: Health Systems Leadership and Administration

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Nursing Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must hold the BScN degree of the University of Toronto or an equivalent degree. Applicants must have obtained at least a mid-B standing in the final year of undergraduate study and, in addition, must have obtained at least a B standing in the next-to-final year.

  • Applicants must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse or equivalent.

  • For further information about applying, please email connect.nursing@utoronto.ca or visit the website.

Program Requirements

  • To qualify for the degree, students shall complete a program of study outlined by the Graduate Department of Nursing Science.

  • Coursework. The MN program requires 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • ​​​five foundational courses (NUR 1016H, NUR 1017H, NUR 1027H, NUR 1127H, NUR 1034H);

    • three field of study courses (NUR 1151H, NUR 1152H, and NUR 1161H); and

    • a 1.0 FCE practicum-based course (NUR 1072Y), which should be taken alone in the final session and only after completion of all other coursework and program requirements.

  • This field of study is offered in a hybrid learning format including online and required on-campus, in-class learning. There are two required on-campus learning periods: one embedded in NUR 1151H in Year 1 and the second embedded in NUR 1072Y in Year 2. Courses are prescribed and normally students progress through the program within a defined student cohort. Normally, successful completion of Year 1 courses is required for students to enter Year 2 of their program.

  • Year 1 course sequencing:

    • ​​​Fall—NUR 1017H and NUR 1027H

    • Winter—NUR 1127H and NUR 1151H*

    • Summer—NUR 1152H*

  • Year 2 course sequencing:

    • ​​​​Fall—NUR 1016H and NUR 1161H

    • Winter—NUR 1034H

    • Summer—NUR 1072Y*

  • *NUR 1151H and NUR 1072Y both include a required on-campus, in-class learning experience. NUR 1152H and NUR 1072Y include a required practicum component and required eLearning activities.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

Field: Nurse Practitioner

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Nursing Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must hold the BScN degree of the University of Toronto or an equivalent degree. Applicants must have obtained at least a mid-B standing in the final year of undergraduate study and, in addition, must have obtained at least a B standing in the next-to-final year.

  • Applicants must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse or equivalent and must have a minimum of two years of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse.

  • For further information about applying, please email connect.nursing@utoronto.ca or visit the website.

Program Requirements

  • To qualify for the degree, students shall complete a program of study outlined by the Graduate Department of Nursing Science.

  • Coursework. The MN program requires 5.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:

    • four foundational courses (NUR 1017H, NUR 1022H, NUR 1028H, NUR 1034H);

    • a combination of courses based on the student's emphasis:

      • Adult: NUR 1091Y, NUR 1101H, NUR 1115H, NUR 1215H, and NUR 1221Y or

      • Paediatric: NUR 1092Y, NUR 1102H, NUR 1116H and NUR 1216H, and NUR 1222Y or 

      • Primary Health Care—Global Health: NUR 1093Y, NUR 1114H, NUR 1117H and NUR 1217H, and NUR 1223Y

      • NUR 1221Y, NUR 1222Y, and NUR 1223Y must be taken alone in the final session and only after completion of all other co​ursework and program requirements.

  • This field of study is offered in both eLearning and campus-based formats.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Nursing Science: Nursing Science PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The full-time PhD program prepares scientists with the required analytical and research skills to study nursing, health systems, or other related problems. Students study in one of three research fields: Critical Approaches to Health and Health Care; Effective Care and Health Outcomes; Nursing Health Systems.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree; or 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MN program.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Nursing Science's additional admission requirements stated below. Applicants must have a master's degree or its equivalent in nursing or related field with at least a B+ standing from a recognized university.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • For further information about admissions, please contact the Graduate Department of Nursing Science.

Program Requirements

Courses

Successful completion of all required courses by the end of Year 2 in the program.

  • Students must successfully complete a minimum of 3.0 full course equivalents (FCEs) that include:

    • ​​​PhD Seminar (1.0 FCE)

    • Field of Study Course (0.5 FCE) that includes one of the following:

      • NUR 1085H (for students in the critical perspectives in health and healthcare field of study)

      • NUR 1086H (for students in the Nursing Health Systems field of study) or

      • ​​​​NUR 1087H (for students in the Effective Care and Health Outcomes field of study)

    • at least one method course (0.5 FCE) relevant to the field of study and to the dissertation plans

    • at least one course (0.5 FCE) related to the substantive area of the field of study and thesis plans

    • the fifth required course (0.5 FCE) may be either a method or substantive area course as determined by the student and the supervisory committee.

  • Students must attain a minimum average standing at the B+ level for required courses.

  • Students are normally expected to complete all five required courses (3.0 FCEs) by the end of Year 2. If all required courses are not successfully completed (with a minimum average standing at the B+ level) by the end of Year 3, the Faculty of Nursing will normally make a recommendation to SGS for termination of registration.

Literature Review Paper

Successful completion of the literature review paper.

  • The literature review paper topic as well as type and format of the literature review paper must be approved by the supervisor (with signed documentation by the student and supervisor) by April 30 of Year 1. This agreement should specify the problem statement, the format/type of literature review that is appropriate to the field of study, and to the scholarly traditions within which the student's research ​is situated.

  • The literature review paper must be submitted by September 15 of Year 2. The submitted literature review paper will be formally reviewed and evaluated by the supervisor and at least one additional thesis committee member. Written and verbal feedback about the submitted literature review paper will be provided to the student at a supervisory committee meeting. For the literature review paper to be considered a pass, both faculty members' assessments of the literature review paper must be at the successful completion or pass level. If both examinations are considered pass, the student may receive either a satisfactory or excellent rating at their supervisory committee meeting. If one or both paper reviews are rated unsatisfactory or not pass, then the student receives an unsatisfactory rating at the supervisory committee meeting.

  • If the student does not successfully complete the literature review paper first submitted, the student will have one additional opportunity to revise and rewrite the literature review paper, based on the feedback received at the supervisory committee. The student must resubmit the revised literature review paper by December 1 of Year 2. This revised literature review paper must be formally evaluated by the supervisor and one other thesis committee member (normally the same committee member who completed the assessment of the original literature review paper). The student will receive feedback about the revised literature review paper at a supervisory committee meeting. For the literature review to be considered a pass, both faculty members' assessments of the literature review must be at the pass level. If both reviews are considered pass, the student may receive either a satisfactory or excellent rating at their supervisory committee meeting. If one or both reviews are rated failure/not pass, then the student receives an unsatisfactory rating at the supervisory committee meeting.

  • If the student does not successfully complete the literature review paper on the second attempt, the Faculty of Nursing will normally recommend to SGS that the student's registration in the PhD program be terminated.

Thesis Proposal

Successful defence of the thesis proposal, normally by the end of Year 2.

  • Students are normally expected to defend their thesis proposal by the end of Year 2 of their program. Students must successfully defend their thesis proposal no later than the end of Year 3. The format of the proposal will be similar to that of a modified tri-council grant application. Assessment of the thesis proposal consists of both the written proposal and the oral defence of the proposal. Students who do not successfully defend the proposal after the first attempt may have one additional opportunity to successfully present and defend the written proposal, and this must be accomplished before the end of Year 3 of the program.

  • If the student does not successfully defend the thesis proposal by the end of Year 3 (including a second attempt, if required), the Faculty of Nursing will recommend to SGS that the student's registration in the PhD program be terminated.

  • The student's dissertation will be defended in the Doctoral Final Oral Examination of the School of Graduate Studies.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's

Nursing Science: Nursing Science PMNP Diploma

Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner (PMNP) Diploma

Program Description

The PMNP Diploma provides students holding an appropriate graduate degree the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to practise as a nurse practitioner. Students choose one of the following emphases: Adult, Paediatric, or Primary Health Care—Global Health.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Nursing Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner (PMNP) diploma program must have completed a master's degree in nursing or an equivalent graduate degree that includes clinical nursing experience and a minimum of two years of clinical nursing experience.

  • Preference is given to applicants who have one or more years in an advanced nursing practice role (in addition t​o clinical experience) and support within their employment setting.

  • Applicants must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse or equivalent.

Program Requirements

All students in the PMNP diploma program are required to complete a ​total of 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

  • Emphasis: Adult​​​​​​​​​

    • NUR 1091Y Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics—Adult

    • NUR 1101H Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Adult

    • NUR 1115H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Adult) 1

    • NUR 1215H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Adult) 2

    • NUR 1221Y Nurse Practitioners: Roles and Issues (Adult) 

  • Emphasis: Paediatric

    • NUR 1092Y Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics—Paediatric

    • NUR 1102H Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Paediatric

    • NUR 1116H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Paediatric) 1

    • NUR 1216H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Paediatric) 2

    • NUR 1222Y Nurse Practitioners: Roles and Issues (Paediatric)  

  • Emphasis: Primary Health Care—Global Health

    • NUR 1093Y Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics—Primary Health Care (Global Health)

    • NUR 1114H Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Primary Health Care—Global Health

    • NUR 1117H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Primary Health Care—Global Health) 1

    • NUR 1217H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Primary Health Care—Global Health) 2

    • NUR 1223Y Nurse Practitioners: Roles and Issues (Primary Health Care—Global Health)

  • NUR 1221Y, NUR 1222Y, and NUR 1223Y must be taken alone in the final session and only after completion of all other co​ursework and program requirements.

  • Three program courses require the learners to be engaged in clinical practice.

Program Length

6 sessions (2 years) part-time

Time Limit

6 years part-time

Nursing Science: Nursing Science MN, PhD, Diploma Courses

​​NUR ​1012H​
Cult​ure and Relations​
​NUR 1014H
​The Politics of Aboriginal Health
​NUR 1016H
​Health Systems, Policy, and the Profession
​NUR 1017H
​History of Ideas in Nursing Practice​
​NUR 1021H
​Nursing Ethics
​NUR 1022H
Research Design, Appraisal, and Utilization​
​NUR 1023H
Critic​al Issues in the Design and Conduct of Controlled Trials of Behavioural Health Care Interventions (For PhD students only. Prerequisite: Introductory graduate course in research design and biostatistics. For students planning an RCT for their thesis research.)
​NUR 1024H
Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry​
​NUR 1025H
Doing Qualitative Research: Design and Data Collection​
​NUR 1027H
Integrated Approaches to Research Appraisal and Utilization Part 1​
​NUR 1028H
​Introduction to Qualitative Research: Methodologies, Appraisal, and Knowledge Translation
​NUR 1029H
​Advanced Practice Nursing Care for Older Adults
​NUR 1030H
​Principles of Leadership and Advanced Clinical Practice in Emergency Preparedness
​NUR 1032H
​Group Process and Professional Practice
​NUR 1034H
​Program Planning and Evaluation in Nursing
​NUR 1035H
​Public and Population Health Perspectives
​NUR 1036H
​Advanced Nursing Practice in Oncology
​NUR 1038H
​Social Determinants of Health in a Global Context
​NUR 1040H
​Issues in Women's Health Care
​NUR 1043H
​Theories of Interpersonal Process
​NUR 1045H
​Theories of Pain: Impact on the Individual, Family, and Society
​NUR 1046H
​Persistent Illness: Theoretical, Research, and Practice Implications
​NUR 1047H
​Community Participation and Health
​NUR 1049H
​Nursing Approaches to Common Physiological and Behavioural Manifestations of Critically Ill Patients
​NUR 1050​H
​Coping With Illness
​NUR 1051H
​Assessment and Management of Common Responses to Illness
​NUR 1052H
​Perinatal Nursing Sciences
​NUR 1057H
​Interventions to Enhance Health, Abilities, and Well-being
​NUR 1059H
​Informatics: Theory and Application in Nursing
​NUR 1060H
​Leadership and Management of Nursing and Health Services
​NUR 1062H
​Measuring Nursing Care Effectiveness: Economic and Financial Perspectives
​NUR 1064H
​Behaviour in Health Care Organizations
​NUR 1066H
​Improving Quality and Safety in Healthcare
​NUR 1067H
​Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Systems of Care
​NUR 1072Y
​Advanced Nursing Practice Scholarship
​NUR 1074H
​Facilitating Learning: Nursing Perspectives
​NUR 1075H
​Applied Statistics for Nursing Research I
​NUR 1076H
​Applied Statistics for Nursing Research II
​NUR 1077H
​Implementation Science in Healthcare (Prerequisite: NUR 1022H, NUR 1027H, NUR 1028H, ​or equivalent​.)
​NUR 1081Y
PhD Student/Faculty Seminars
​NUR 1083H
​Comparative Politics of Health Policy in Globalizing World
​NUR 1085H
​Topics in Critical Perspectives in Health and Health Care
​NUR 1086H
​Nursing Health Services Research Methods
​NUR 1087H
​Foundations of Clinical Research
​NUR 1090H
​Measurement of Data Quality (Prerequisite: completion of an advanced graduate-level statistics course.)
NUR 1091Y Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics—​Adult
NUR 1092Y Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics—Paediatric
NUR 1093Y Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics—Primary Health Care (Global Health)
​NUR 1101H
​Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Adult (Credit/No Credit) (Prerequisite: NUR 1100Y. Pre- or co-requisite: NUR 1022H.)
​NUR 1102H
​Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Paediatric (Credit/No Credit) (Prerequisite: NUR ​1100Y. Pre- or co-requisite: NUR 1022H.)
​NUR 1114H
​Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Primary Health Care—Global Health (Credit/No Credit) (Prerequisite: NUR 1100Y. Pre- or co-requisite: NUR 1022H.)
​NUR 1115H
​Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Adult) 1 (Prerequisites: NUR 1017H, NUR ​1022H, NUR 1100Y, NUR 1101H.)
​NUR 1116H
​Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Paediatric) 1 (Prerequisites: NUR 1017H, NUR 1022H, NUR 1100Y, NUR 1102H.)
​NUR 1117H
​Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (PHC GH) 1 (Prerequisites: NUR 1017H, NUR 1022H, NUR 1100Y, NUR 1114H.)
NUR 1127H Integrated Approaches to Research Appraisal and Utilization Part 2 (Prerequisite: NUR 1027H)
​NUR 1151H
​Theories and Concepts in Nursing Leadership and Administration
NUR 1152H
Leading and Managing Effective Health Care Teams​
​NUR 1161H
​Advanced Concepts in Leadership and Administration (Prerequisites: NUR 1151H and NUR 1152H)
NUR 1170H​
​Introduction to Advanced Practice Nursing
NUR 1171H​
Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing
​​NUR 1201H
​Principles of Anaesthesia Care
​NUR 1202H
​Pain Management Across Clinical Settings: Theory, Research, and Practice
​NUR 1209Y
​Advanced Nursing Practice in Anaesthesia I
​​NUR 1210Y
​Advanced Nursing Practice in Ana​esthesia II​
NUR 1215H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Adult) 2 (Prerequisite: NUR 1115H)
NUR 1216H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (Paediatric) 2 (Prerequisite: NUR 1116H)
NUR 1217H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management (PHC GH) 2 (Prerequisite: NUR 1117H)
NUR 1221Y Nurse Practitioners: Roles and Issues (Adult)
NUR 1222Y Nurse Practitioners: Roles and Issues (Paediatric)
NUR 1223Y Nurse Practitioners: Roles and Issues (Primary Health Care—Global Health)