MScN Courses

cropped photo of a stethoscope

York's online MScN program will help you to ask the question and challenge, and gain the insights that will prepare you to lead change.

Some courses are offered entirely online and some are hybrid, meaning that there are some classroom meetings on site. Students in remote areas may have the option of participating in these classroom meetings using video- or tele-conferencing.

Students taking online courses need to be aware that they can be required to come to campus up to two times during the term for purposes of evaluating learning.  Hybrid courses consist of 3-8 classes of the total of 12 being held on site.

While prerequisites may not be fully stated for each course the program is based on a a set course of study.  Each stage of study builds on prior coursework.  Students are expected to take courses in the order outlined on the course schedule.  In the event that there is an interruption in studies such as, leaves of absence, it is the student's responsibility to find a way to complete courses in the correct sequence.

Students in all streams of the graduate program are expected to be registered every term and to take courses every term in order to progress through the program. The program offers a set program of study. Courses must be taken in the sequence outlined in the Student Handbook. If circumstances arise students can petition for a leave of absence from the program as allowed by the policies of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. It is the student’s responsibility to develop a plan for resuming their course of study on return from a leave of absence.

Effective September 2018 graduate students in nursing entering in the program will require at least a B grade in core courses in order to progress in the program. If Students are not successful in earning at least a B after two attempts in a core course they will be exited from the program.

Core Courses

NURS 5100 6.0 or NURS 5100 3.0 Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
Focuses on the major paradigms guiding nursing science and selected nursing theories.

NURS 5200 3.0 Qualitative Research Methods in Nursing Science
The conceptual, ethical, methodological, and interpretive dimensions of qualitative nursing research.
Pre-/Co-requisites: NURS 5100 6.0 or NURS 5100 3.0

NURS 5300 3.0 Quantitative Research Methods in Nursing Science
The acquisition and application of fundamental concepts, methods, and procedures of quantitative nursing research.
Pre-/Co-requisites: NURS 5100 6.0 or NURS 5100 3.0

NURS 5700 3.0 Applied Intermediate Statistics
This course focuses on the acquisition, interpretation and application of fundamental concepts, methods, procedures, and results of intermediate quantitative data analysis.
Pre-/Co-requisites: NURS 5100; NURS 5300 3.0

NURS 5750 3.0 Interpretation & Data Analysis
This course focuses on the processes by which the major schools of thought frame interpretation in research and inquiry. Students explore, analyze, and critique the ways in which these different traditions influence the what, why and how of nursing research practices and their links to diverse forms of data analysis.

NURS 5400 3.0 Advanced Nursing Practicum
An advanced nursing science-based practicum in the student's selected focus (clinical practice, leadership, or teaching-learning). (186 hours of practicum plus on-line discussion).
Practicum sites and evidence of scholarship will be individually determined based on the student’s learning focus.
Prerequisites: NURS 5100 6.0 or NURS 5100 3.0, 5200 3.0, 5300 3.0

NURS 5500 3.0 Nursing Research Development and Knowledge Mobilization
This advanced research course builds on research methodologies and theoretical inquiry to provide students with activities that involve exploration, analysis, synthesis, and discussion of research questions and proposal development. Emphasis is placed on collaborative research planning, funding, ethics, and dissemination.
Prerequisites: NURS 5100 6.0 or NURS 5100 3.0, 5200 3.0, 5300 3.0, 5400 3.0

NURS 6100 0.0 Thesis

NURS 6300 0.0 Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
Compulsory non-credit colloquium course taken concurrently with the Thesis (NURS 6100). (online and classroom based)

Elective Courses

Unless otherwise specified, NURS 5100 6.0 or NURS 5100 3.0 is a pre-requisite for all electives.

Thesis-Based Program requires (1) one half course at the graduate level inside or outside of Nursing.
Course-Based Program requires (3) three half courses at the graduate level inside or outside of Nursing.

Not all courses are available in any one year. For course offerings in a particular session please consult the Graduate Program Office.

NURS 5000 3.0 Directed Reading
An independent directed reading course on a topic approved by the supervisory committee and the Graduate Program Director. An independent directed reading course on a topic approved by the supervisory committee and the Graduate Program Director. This course can only be taken in extenuating circumstances. Please contact Graduate Program Office for details.

NURS 5110 3.0 Nursing Education Science and Praxis
Advanced research-based teaching-learning nursing praxis; prepares students for an academic career or senior clinical education roles.

NURS 5111  3.0 Advancing Practice Through Teaching-Learning with Nurses and    Students in the Healthcare SettingThis online course focuses on the advanced practice role of clinical teaching in nursing. The course emphasizes the role of the clinical educator who is responsible for the clinical supervision and evaluation of nursing students or staff nurses in healthcare settings.Pre-requisites: Completion of core courses or permission of the Course Director

NURS 5115 3.0 Advancing Practice Through Nursing Education
This course explores the scholarship of teaching in nursing education focusing on the development of core competencies for nurse educators. Emphasis is placed on learning theories, pedagogical approaches and nursing educational research preparing participants for various nursing practice roles.

NURS 5120 3.0 Advanced Perspectives in Women’s Health: Critical Feminist Analysis
Through a collaborative online learning environment, students critically analyze issues affecting women's health/healthcare, including pathologization, medicalization, women healers, women's mental health, body image, environmental and occupational health, sexuality, violence, diversity, and societal marginalization, gender roles, and women's health research.

NURS 5135 3.0 Promoting Global and Planetary Health
This course examines current and potential threats to global and planetary health. Global politics, policies, and health promotion efforts are analyzed. Nursing’s historic, current, and potential role in promoting health at a global level is explored from an ethical and theoretical perspective.

NURS 5145 3.0 Canadian Health Care System: Issues and Debates

The course critically examines current issues and debates in the ongoing reform of the Canadian Health Care System. The influence of global political, economic and social contexts on health reform directions are analyzed, offering nurses additional tools to assess the implications of current reform directions for those who receive and those who provide health care.

NURS 5150 3.0 The Nurse as Innovator and Change Agent
Explores multiple theoretical perspectives on change and innovation in health care organizations and within the context of nursing.

NURS 5155 3.0 Women’s Mental Health
This hybrid course focuses on women’s mental health and well-being. Women’s mental health will be considered at international and national (Canada) levels. Focus will be on the intersections of social determinants of health with identity markers influencing women’s mental health.
Prerequisites: Nursing 5100 3.0, 5200 3.0, 5300 3.0 or permission of the instructor.

NURS 5160 3.0 Caring-Healing Competencies for Advanced Practice Nursing
A critique and exploration of the theoretical and practical application of multiple caring-healing competencies for advanced practice nursing.

NURS 5175 3.0 Sexual and Gender Diversity: Implications for Education, Policy and Practice in the Health Professions
This course explores the health issues of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender/transsexual (LGBT) people and the implications of sexual and gender diversity for health professional practice in education, clinical and organizational setting in a Canadian context.

NURS 5180 3.0 Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Services Organizations
Analyzes leadership for quality improvement and develops knowledge and skills necessary to strategically improve quality and patient safety.

NURS 5190 3.0 Enhancing Nursing Praxis Through Health Policy
Examines nursing's role in shaping, developing, implementing and evaluating policy from historical, theoretical, ethical, and developmental perspectives. Contemporary factors influencing policy processes are explored. Emphasis is on preparing nurses to provide leadership through engaging in all stages of health-enhancing policy development and advocacy.

NURS 5210 3.0 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Praxis with Marginalized Persons: A Human Science Perspective
This course examines approaches to nursing praxis with clients in marginalized situations, such as poverty and homelessness. It focuses on how nurses live caring from the human science perspective within this context, as they support persons as leaders in development of community and healthcare services.

NURS 5230 3.0 Advanced Nursing Praxis with Persons Experiencing Loss and Grieving
This course examines theoretical, philosophical, and research-based knowledge that guides nursing praxis with persons experiencing loss and grieving. It focuses on human science-based nursing praxis, with the goal of promoting personal/family health in the context of loss and grieving.

NURS 5240 3.0 Complexity Pedagogy: Discovery in Networks of Teaching-LearningThis course focuses on the principles of complexity pedagogy and how they support learning and discovery across networks of students, communities, and connected groups. Students explore, analyze, and critique traditional models of education and develop understanding of key concepts of complexity pedagogy, curriculum development, and evaluation of learning and collaboration.

NURS 5250 3.0 Families and Communication in Healthcare Contexts
This elective explores the family system of patients under the care of healthcare professionals and examines the skill sets required for effective consultation with patients and their families and for effective interprofessional collaboration in healthcare contexts.

NURS 5560 3.0 Understanding and Experiencing Suffering: Praxis as Attunement and Engagement
Explores suffering and the meaning for nurses and other health professionals of experiencing and witnessing suffering.

NURS 5570 3.0 Culture of Aging, Praxis, Policy, and DiscourseThis course focuses on identifying intersecting themes connecting aging, praxis, policy, and discourse. Students select the context for identifying themes and systematically review literature to inform a specific practice area according to student interest. Students create an innovative method/pedagogy for presenting their intersecting themes to peers and faculty.

Course Schedules

The course schedule for full-time and part-time students is as follows. Following of the sequence of courses is mandatory for all students.
Fall term: September-December;
Summer term: May-August;
Winter term: January-April.

Students in all streams of the graduate program are expected to be registered every term and to take courses every term in order to progress through the program. The program offers a set program of study. Courses must be taken in the sequence outlined in the Student Handbook. If circumstances arise students can petition for a leave of absence from the program as allowed by the policies of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. It is the student’s responsibility to develop a plan for resuming their course of study on return from a leave of absence.

Effective September 2018 graduate students in nursing entering in the program will require at least a B grade in core courses in order to progress in the program. If Students are not successful in earning at least a B after two attempts in a core course they will be exited from the program.

Full-time Program Schedule: Effective September 2017
Full Time Thesis Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 3.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0)  
*Core Option 5700 3.0
Applied Intermediate Statistics
*Core Option 5750 3.0
Interpretation & Data Analysis
OR
*Core Option 5700 3.0
Applied Intermediate Statistics
Need to have committee in place by end of term
*Required to take one core option—either 5700 3.0 OR 5750 3.0
Should have supervisor by end of term
Please note no need to register in NURS 6100 0.0 — this course  will be added to your transcript after you complete your thesis.
Year 2 Term 4 Term 5
NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
Full-time Course-based Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 3.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective 2 (3.0)
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
*Core Option 5700 3.0
Applied Intermediate Statistics
*Core Option 5750 3.0
Interpretation & Data Analysis
OR
*Core Option 5700 3.0
Applied Intermediate Statistics
 
  *Required to take one core option – either 5700 (3.0) OR 5750 (3.0) Elective 1 (3.0)
Year 2 Term 4 Term 5  
NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 5500 3.0
Nursing Research Development and Knowledge Mobilization
Elective 3 (3.0)
Part-time Program Schedule, Effective September 2017
Part-time Thesis-based Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 3.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0)
Should have a supervisor by end of term Need to have committee in place by end of term
Year 2 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
*Core Option 5750 3.0
Interpretation & Data Analysis
OR
*Core Option 5700 3.0
Applied Intermediate Statistics
*Required to take one core option – either 5700 3.0 OR 5750 3.0
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
Year 3 Term 7 Term 8
  NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
  NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
Part-time Course-based Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 3.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective 1 (3.0)
Year 2 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective 2 (3.0) Elective 3 (3.0)
*Core Option 5750 3.0
Interpretation & Data Analysis
OR
*Core Option 5700 3.0
Applied Intermediate Statistics
*Required to take one core option — either 5700 (3.0) OR 5750 (3.0)
Year 3 Term 7 Term 8
  NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 5500 3.0
Nursing Research Development and Knowledge Mobilization

Effective September 2018 graduate students in nursing entering in the program will require at least a B grade in core courses in order to progress in the program. If Students are not successful in earning at least a B after two attempts in a core course they will be exited from the program.

Full-time Program Schedule:  Prior to September 2015
<strong">Full-time Thesis Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0) NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
Please note no need to register in NURS 6100 0.0 - this course  will be added to your transcript after you complete your thesis.
Year 2 Term 4 Term 5
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
Full Time Course-based Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0) Elective (3.0)
Year 2 Term 4
NURS 5500 3.0
Nursing Research Development and Knowledge Mobilization
Elective (3.0)
Part-time Program Schedule
Part-time Course-based Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0)
Year 2 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0) NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
Year 3 Term 7 Term 8
  Elective (3.0) NURS 5500 3.0
Nursing Research Development and Knowledge Mobilization

Effective September 2015 a new schedule of course takes effect. Please note the schedule of courses as follows for each of the plans of study. This is a set course of study and courses must be taken in the sequence shown in each plan of study.


Full-time Program Schedule: Effective September 2015
Full-time Thesis Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
 NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0)
Should have a supervisor by end of term  Need to have committee in place by end of term Please note no need to register in NURS 6100 0.0 - this course  will be added to your transcript after you complete your thesis.
Year 2
Term 4
Term 5
NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
Full-time Course-based Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0)
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0)
Year 2
Term 4
Term 5
 
NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 5500 3.0
Nursing Research Development and Knowledge Mobilization
Elective (3.0)
Part-time Program Schedule
Part-time Thesis based Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0)
Should have a supervisor by end of term Need to have committee in place by end of term
Year 2
Term 4
Term 5
Term 6
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
Year 3
Term 7
Term 8
 
NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
NURS 6300 0.0
Expressions of Nursing Scholarship
Part-time Course-based Program
Year 1 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0)
Year 2 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
Elective (3.0) Elective (3.0)
Year 3
Term 7
Term 8
 
NURS 5400 3.0
Advanced Nursing Practicum
NURS 5500 3.0
Nursing Research Development and Knowledge Mobilization

Please register by the university registration deadline to avoid paying late registration fees as per Faculty of Graduate Studies' regulations. Registration deadlines are listed at the following location.

Summer 2020

Elective Courses:

Winter 2020

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Fall 2019

Core Courses:

  • NURS 5100 3.0 - A Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NURS 5100 3.0 - B Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NURS 5100 3.0 - C Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NURS 5100 3.0 - D Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NURS 5200 3.0 - A Qualitative Research Methods in Nursing Science
  • NURS 5300 3.0 - A Quantitative Research Methods in Nursing
  • NURS 5400 3.0 - A Advanced Nursing Practicum
  • NURS 5400 3.0 - B Advanced Nursing Practicum
  • NURS 5700 3.0 - A Applied Intermediate Statistics in Nursing
  • NURS 5750 3.0 - A Interpretation and Data Analysis
  • NURS 6300 0.0 - A  Expressions of Nursing Scholarship

Elective Courses:

  • NURS 5111 3.0 - A Advancing Practice Through Teaching-Learning with Nurses and Students in the Healthcare Setting
  • NURS 5145 3.0 - M Canadian Health Care System Reform Issues and Debates

Summer 2019

Elective Courses:

Winter 2019

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

  • NURS 5135 3.0 - M Promoting Global/Planetary Health
  • NURS 5120 3.0 - M Advanced Perspectives in Women’s Health: Critical Feminist Analyses
  • NURS 6477 3.0 - M Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology: Introduction to Theory and Practice

Fall 2018

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Summer 2018

Elective Courses:

Winter 2018

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Fall 2017

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

  • NURS 5111 3.0 - A Advancing Practice Through Teaching-Learning with Nurses and Students in the Healthcare Setting

Summer 2017

Elective Courses:

Winter 2017

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Summer 2016

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

  • NURS 5110 3.0 - A  NURSING EDUCATION SCIENCE AND PRAXIS  (ONLINE)
  • NURS 5150 3.0 - A  ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE IN INNOVATION  (ONLINE)
  • NURS 5560 3.0 - A  EXPERIENCING SUFFERING: PRAXIS AS ATTUNEMENT AND ENGAGEMENT  (ONLINE)

Winter 2016

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Fall 2014

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Winter 2015

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

  • NURS 5110 3.0 - M  Nursing Education Science and Praxis  (ONLINE) (Prof. E. Pesachovic)
  • NURS 5135 3.0 - M  Promoting Global and Planetary Health  (Prof. N. Johnston)
  • NURS 5150 3.0 - M  Advanced Nursing Practice in Innovation  (ONLINE) (Prof. N. Johnston)

Summer 2015

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Fall 2013

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Winter 2014

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Summer 2014

Core Courses:

  • NURS 5400 3.0 - A  Advanced Nursing Practicum (Prof. E. Jensen) - course outline posted on the Moodle site for the course
  • NURS 5400 3.0 - B  Advanced Nursing Practicum (Prof. F. Dastjerdi) - course outline posted on the Moodle site for the course
  • NURS 6300 A 0.0 Expressions of Nursing Scholarship

Elective Courses: