This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2022 to April 2023.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2022-2023, please consult the class search website.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

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NURS 200.3: Nursing Foundations Perspectives and Influences

Introduction of foundational concepts relevant to nursing as an evolving, dynamic profession. Topics explored will include safe and competent care, social justice, advocacy, and professional values and ethics. Students will appreciate the relationships among theory, practice, and research.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames. There are fees applied to this course, in addition to tuition.


NURS 201.3: Perspectives on Health Wellness and Diversity in a Global Context

Explores health, wellness, and illness through the prism of primary health care, health promotion, interprofessional practice, and team leadership. Concepts will be explored and linked to diverse populations and contexts of nursing care across the lifespan. This knowledge informs clinical practice to improve individual, group, community, and population health and well-being from a local to a global context.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 202.3: Assessment and Components of Care I

A systems approach to nursing assessment across the lifespan. Students will develop and apply nursing assessment and nursing skills in laboratory settings.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames. There are fees applied to this course, in addition to tuition.


NURS 203.3: Assessment and Components of Care II

Building on content from NURS 202.3, students will further explore a systems nursing assessment across the lifespan. Using that learning, the students will apply nursing skills in laboratory settings.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 202.3 and NURS 206.1
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 204.3: Communication and Professional Relationships

Provides the foundation for understanding of interprofessional communication as an essential skill for professional practice. Students will develop skills in communication techniques such as: listening, questioning, empathy, mutuality, reciprocity, self-observation, reflection, sensitivity to emotional contexts, respect, genuineness, and assertiveness that contribute to relational practice.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 205.3: Research for Evidence Informed Practice

Emphasis will be on critical appraisal, translation, and uptake of existing research as a basis for evidence-informed practice. Introduces students to research concepts, methodologies, and issues in research and health care.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): STAT 242.3 or STAT 244.3 or STAT 245.3 or STAT 246.3 or PLSC 214.3 or COMM 104.3 or PSY 233.3 or SOC 225.3 or GE 210.3. Statistics courses from other post-secondary institutions may also be acceptable. Please see the College of Nursing for information.
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 206.1: Foundational Care in Clinical Practice

Opportunities to develop a beginning competence in essential nursing and assessment skills, acquired in pre- and co- requisites, in order to provide safe patient care.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MCIM 223.3, NURS 202.3, NURS 200.3, NURS 204.3, and NURS 207.3


NURS 207.3: Human Body Systems for Nursing I

An introduction to the human body beginning with the cellular level and tissues as a foundation, before progressing to a full review of key body systems (e.g., integument; skeletal: major bones; muscular: major muscles; and, nervous: nerves with sensory and motor components).

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120.3 and CHEM 112.3


NURS 208.3: Human Body Systems for Nursing II

This course continues the introduction to the human body began in Human Body Systems for Nursing I, building on an understanding of cellular and tissue function as a foundation, and progressing to a full review of key body systems (e.g., endocrine; cardiovascular; lymphatic; respiratory; digestive; urinary; and, reproductive).

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 207.3


NURS 220.3: Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care

Students will further explore clinical competencies necessary for developing and planning care of patients with acute and chronic needs. Opportunities will be provided to demonstrate critical thinking in the performance of nursing interventions in simulated clinical situations.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 200.3; NURS 204.3, and MCIM 223.3.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): PHAR 250.3; and NURS 203.3.
Note: Students must be taking or have completed NURS 208.3 or PHSI 208.6 or BMSC 208.3.
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames. There are fees applied to this course, in addition to tuition.


NURS 221.3: Patient and Family Centered Care in Clinical Practice

Opportunities to demonstrate critical thinking skills in the performance of nursing interventions necessary for the maintenance of patient safety, comfort, and physiological integrity in clinical situations.

Weekly hours: 132 Clinical Service hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 203.3; NURS 220.3; PHAR 250.3; and NURS 208.3 or PHSI 208.6 or BMSC 208.3
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 201.3
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 304.3: Family Nursing

This course will focus on therapeutic nursing assessment and interventions with families across the lifespan. We will explore an array of evidence informed concepts, theories, and interventions related to family nursing in a variety of clinical settings, within the context of community and society. Ethically-competent and culturally-safe care will be explored through various nursing roles including counseling, advocating, teaching, leading, and supporting. Specifically, students will be introduced to basic concepts relevant to the promotion and understanding of the family, family assessment/interventions, and family health. Students will also be exposed to a variety of theoretical perspectives that are related to family nursing and the assessment of families. Specific issues and health challenges that families encounter across the lifespan will also be discussed. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to assess how families are impacted by various health processes, apply theory to their current clinical practice settings, and will be given the opportunity to develop interventions and skills associated with family nursing.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 204.3
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames


NURS 305.6: Core Competencies for the Management of Complex Patient Care

Managing complex patient care situations across the lifespan. More complex clinical skills will be taught using a combination of lecture, laboratory and simulation.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 221.3 and NURS 205.3
Restriction(s): Restricted to students registered in the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Note: Students with credit for NURS 311.3 and 312.3 cannot receive credit for this course. Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames. There are fees applied to this course, in addition to tuition.


NURS 306.3: Exploring Chronicity and Aging

The focus of this course is to challenge societal and health care systems ageist perspectives related to caring with older adults and chronicity. Learners will explore concepts, policies, relevant nursing standards and competencies, holistic inter-professional approach, and tools to address current issues and controversies related to aging and chronic illness. Key concepts include ageism, relationship-centered care, continuum of care, safety and security, cultural safety, chronicity, and health care support.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 221.3
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 307.3: Integrating Mental Health and Addiction into Nursing

Critically examines the nursing care of mental health and addiction, including wellness, illness, and recovery within the practice of nursing. Explores all components of the health care continuum to investigate ways to promote optimum mental health across the lifespan. The course takes a strength-based approach in relation to all major mental health and addiction problems that students may encounter within the scope of nursing practice. Theories, concepts, and principles from nursing and related disciplines will be explored.

Weekly hours: 39 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 205.3 and NURS 221.3.
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 308.3: Integrating Mental Health and Addiction Within Nursing Practice

Provides opportunities to critically examine nursing care of mental health and addiction including wellness, illness and recovery within the practice of nursing in clinical settings. Students will explore all components of the health care continuum to promote optimum mental health across the lifespan. The course takes a strength-based approach in relation to all major mental health and addiction problems that students may encounter within the scope of nursing practice. Theories, concept, and principles from nursing and related disciplines will be discussed and used in the settings in which they are placed.

Weekly hours: 132 Clinical Service hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 307.3
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 311.3: Core Competencies for the Management of Complex Patient Care I

Managing complex patient care situations across the lifespan. More complex clinical skills will be taught using a combination of lecture, laboratory and simulation.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 205.3 and NURS 221.3
Note: Students with credit for NURS 305.6 will not receive credit for this course. There are fees applied to this course, in addition to tuition.


NURS 312.3: Core Competencies for the Management of Complex Patient Care II

Managing complex patient care situations across the lifespan. More complex clinical skills will be taught using a combination of lecture, laboratory and simulation. Builds upon content from NURS 311.3.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 311.3
Note: Students with credit for NURS 305.6 will not receive credit for this course. There are fees applied to this course, in addition to tuition.


NURS 321.3: Therapeutic Interventions for Individuals and Groups

Focuses on therapeutic nursing interventions with individuals and groups. Participants will explore an array of evidence informed concepts, theories, and interventions related to nursing in a variety of clinical settings, within the context of community and society. Ethically competent and culturally safe care will be explored through various nursing roles including counseling, advocating, teaching, leading, and supporting. Experiences in individual counseling and group facilitation will be provided through case simulation, labs, and course assignments.

Weekly hours: 20 Lecture hours and 19 Practicum/Lab hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s):NURS 204.3
Note: Students with credit for NURS 328.3 will not receive credit for this course. Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 322.3: Leadership in Education and Care

Provides opportunities for learners to explore theories, concepts, and frameworks for the management of and provision of client/patient-centred care within an inter-professional context. Learners will explore healthcare professionals' roles in the provision of patient/client learning experiences to enhance their capacity for health and self-care. Information technology and informatics for the education of patients and the enhancement of patient care will also be explored. Theories of case management will be applied to patient/client situations of necessary resources to support disease management and enhancement of patient/client engagement in management of their own health situations. Leadership in the provision of holistic care will be addressed.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 330.3: Maternal Child and Adolescent Family Centered Nursing

Using evidenced-based theories, and practice, explores health concepts and health challenges of the infant, child, adolescent and child bearing family within the context of family centred care across a continuum of nursing care experiences. Incorporates the concepts of health promotion, wellness, self-determination, individualized, and safe care within an interprofessional and legally prudent environment.

Weekly hours: 4 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 221.3.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 311.3 and NURS 312.3 for B.S.N. students or NURS 305.6 for Post-Degree B.S.N. Option students.
Note: Students who do not successfully complete NURS 312.3 will not be permitted to take NURS 330.3 in the Spring Term.


NURS 331.3: Maternal Child and Adolescent Family Centered Nursing Practice

Using evidence-based theories, and practice, students participate in clinical experiences of relevance to the theoretical concepts taught in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Family Centered Nursing Theory course, which explores health concepts and health challenges of the infant, child, adolescent and child bearing family within the context of family centred care across a continuum of nursing care experiences. Concepts of health promotion, wellness, self-determination, individualized, and safe care within an interprofessional and legally prudent environment are incorporated.

Weekly hours: 156 Clinical Service hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 330.3
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 332.3: Exploring Complexity and Acuity

Opportunities to develop critical thinking skills in the analysis of information related to the nursing management of complex and/or high acuity patients in settings providing acute intervention. Emphasis will be placed upon concepts involved in the interaction of pathophysiological processes, the treatment regimen and the patient as a person. The role of the professional nurse, as caregiver, decision-maker and, counselor will be developed. Critical functions of being competent in diagnostic and monitoring functions will be emphasized. Students will have an opportunity to develop skills in selecting, critiquing and using evidence to support clinical practice.

Weekly hours: 4 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 221.3
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 311.3 for B.S.N. students or NURS 305.6 for Post-Degree B.S.N. Option students.
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 333.3: Complex Nursing Care Practice

Provides opportunity to practice critical thinking skills in the analysis of information related to the nursing management of complex and/or high acuity patients in settings providing acute intervention. The role of the professional nurse as caregiver, decision-maker, and counselor will be developed. The critical functions of being competent in diagnostic and monitoring functions will be emphasized. Students will have an opportunity to develop skills in selecting, critiquing, and using evidence to support clinical practice.

Weekly hours: 144 Clinical Service hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 305.6 or NURS 311.3 and NURS 332.3
Note: Post-Degree B.S.N. classes are offered in an open learning format with the same number of hours, but in alternate time frames.


NURS 398.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.


NURS 405.3: Environmental Sustainability in Health Care

Focuses on an introduction to planetary health and environmental sustainability practices for the health care professional. Emphasis will be on the sustainable development goals and inter-professional action with an integration of topics such as systems thinking, movement building, health equity and social justice. More specialized topics will include interconnection with nature, local conditions (socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental), and sustainability actions in health care settings.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: This course is hybrid to NURS 805 Environmental Sustainability in Health Care. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.


NURS 422.3: Issues in Leadership and Management Transformative Practice in Health Care Organizations

Introduces the contemporary stage of knowledge by examining theories, research, issues, and competencies in leadership and management. Provides students with a framework for addressing ethical issues and ethical decision making to critically analyze a range of issues facing leaders in health care settings. Emphasis is placed on analyzing current and future issues affecting health care leadership and applying the role of nurse leader and manager to that context. Issues are explored with a particular emphasis on strategies to enhance nursing influence in the health care setting.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 304.3, NURS 306.3, NURS 307.3, NURS 308.3, NURS 321.3 or NURS 328.3, NURS 322.3, NURS 330.3, NURS 331.3, NURS 332.3, NURS 333.3, and NURS 312.3 or NURS 305.6
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 430.3 and NURS 431.6


NURS 430.3: Community Health Nursing Building Partnerships

Focuses on community health theories related to population health promotion, capacity building, community level change theory, and social theory. Emphasis will be on community assessment, program development, implementation, and evaluation with an integration of topics such as research, ethics, and the development of healthy public policy. More specialized topics will include epidemiology, social marketing, communicable disease management, global and environmental health, and issues unique to Saskatchewan's Aboriginal, rural, and remote populations.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 304.3, NURS 306.3, NURS 307.3, NURS 308.3, NURS 321.3 or NURS 328.3, NURS 322.3, NURS 330.3, NURS 331.3, NURS 332.3, NURS 333.3 and NURS 312.3 or NURS 305.6.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 422.3 and NURS 440.3.


NURS 431.6: Community Nursing Practice

Provides opportunities to apply community health theories related to population health promotion, capacity building, community level change theory, and social theory. Emphasis will be on community assessment, program development, implementation, and evaluation with an integration of topics such as research, ethics, and the development of healthy public policy. Depending on the clinical placement, other opportunities may exist to explore epidemiology, social marketing, communicable disease management, global and environmental health, and issues unique to Saskatchewan's Aboriginal, rural, and remote populations.

Weekly hours: 216 Clinical Service hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 304.3, NURS 306.3, NURS 307.3, NURS 308.3, NURS 321.3 or NURS 328.3, NURS 322.3, NURS 330.3, NURS 331.3, NURS 332.3, NURS 333.3 and NURS 312.3 or NURS 305.6.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 422.3, NURS 430.3 and NURS 440.3.
Note: Please note that the restricted elective must be completed before or at the same time as this course.


NURS 440.3: Interprofessional Perspectives Health Systems and Policy Development within a Global Context

This course explores health care systems and recognizes that current and future health professionals function within a global context as they care for the health of clients, communities, and societies.Special consideration of health system elements include health human resources, leadership, bio-ethical considerations, health informatics/technologies, quality improvement and knowledge utilization as they influence care outcomes. Attention will be given to how professionals can apply these concepts and principles to political action for the development and implementation of evidence-informed and health care policy that affect individual and population health outcomes.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 304.3, NURS 306.3, NURS 307.3, NURS 308.3, NURS 321.3 or NURS 328.3, NURS 322.3, NURS 330.3, NURS 331.3, NURS 332.3, NURS 333.3 and NURS 312.3 or NURS 305.6.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 430.3 and NURS 431.6.
Note: Students with credit for NURS 334.3 will not receive credit for this course.


NURS 441.3: Transitioning to Professional Practice

Utilizing a distributive delivery model, this capstone course will assist students in examining clinical and ethical issues, organizational challenges, and policy limitations emerging from practice in NURS 450.9 and 431.6. Students will be provided with face-to-face and online opportunities to engage each other, nurse leaders, and policy makers. This course will emphasize leadership, safety, interprofessional, and evidence based practice.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 304.3, NURS 306.3, NURS 307.3, NURS 308.3, NURS 321.3 or NURS 328.3, NURS 322.3, NURS 330.3, NURS 331.3, NURS 332.3, NURS 333.3 and NURS 312.3 or NURS 305.6.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 450.9
Note: There are fees applied to this course, in addition to tuition.


NURS 450.9: Practice Integration

Participants use nursing skills, building on past experiences and learning to strengthen their competencies necessary for safe and effective care in various institutional settings.

Weekly hours: 360 Clinical Service hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Nursing who are registered in the B.S.N. program or the Post-Degree B.S.N. Option.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 304.3, NURS 306.3, NURS 307.3, NURS 308.3, NURS 321.3 or NURS 328.3, NURS 322.3, NURS 330.3, NURS 331.3, NURS 332.3, NURS 333.3 and NURS 312.3 or NURS 305.6.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 441.3.
Note: Please note that the restricted elective must be completed before or at the same time as this course.


NURS 478.3: Rural Nursing

Provides opportunities for students to increase their knowledge and application of concepts and theory relevant to nursing in rural populations. Consideration will be given to the impact of regionalization and rural health policy development.

Restriction(s): For BSN and Post-Degree BSN students only.
Permission of the College of Nursing is required.
Note: NEPS students that have completed NURS 325.3 may take this class with permission.


NURS 486.3: Forensic Nursing in Secure Environments

Provides opportunities for students to examine the role of the nurse in the provision of health care to offender populations in secure environments. Selected clinical issues will be explored to illustrate the knowledge, skills, and clinical judgment required of this specialty area.

Restriction(s): For BSN and Post-Degree BSN students only.
Permission of the College of Nursing is required.
Note: NEPS students that have completed all of the Year 2 classes may take this class with permission.


NURS 498.3: Special Topics

Provides opportunities for students to increase their knowledge and skills related to a special topic area in nursing.


NURS 805.3: Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare

Focuses on an introduction to planetary health and environmental sustainability practices for the health care professional. Emphasis will be on the sustainable development goals and inter-professional action with an integration of topics such as systems thinking, movement building, health equity and social justice. More specialized topics will include interconnection with nature, local conditions (socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental), and sustainability actions in health care settings.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students can receive credit for only one of NURS 805 or NURS 405.


NURS 810.3: History of Health Systems Public Health and Nursing in Canada

This course will assist students in exploring issues and trends in Canadian health systems, public health, and nursing history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will engage in critical analysis of scholarly historiography and select primary sources. Emphasis will be placed on exploring key aspects of Canadian healthcare history, with attention to broader social changes influencing health professionals and their practice contexts.


NURS 812.3: Leadership in Nursing

Facilitates the critical analysis of leadership concepts, functions, and skills in the nursing role. Ongoing integration of theoretical and research principles are stressed.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 891 or permission of the instructor.


NURS 813.3: Teaching in Nursing

Surveys issues, trends, and methods of nursing education. An examination of the nature of instruction in nursing education, staff development programs, and patient teaching is the main focus.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 891 or permission of the instructor.


NURS 814.3: Indigenous Health Policies

This course examines the health of Indigenous populations in Canada. Health and illness concepts will be embedded within historical, social, cultural and political realities. The student will have the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on Indigenous health policies and health care practices.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): Enrolment in a graduate program and completion of at least one graduate-level foundational course.


NURS 815.3: Advanced Forensic Mental Health

Examines issues and challenges related to advanced forensic mental health nursing as a way of bridging health care systems and criminal justice systems. Issues related to caring for vulnerable forensic populations will be embedded within social, cultural, and political realities.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in a graduate program and completion of at least one graduate level foundational course.


NURS 818.3: Statistical Methodology in Nursing

This course will assist student to apply commonly used intermediate statistical method as consumers of literature or as researchers. It will introduce selected epidemiologic statistics, parametric and non-parametric inferential tests, power analysis, analysis of variance and simple regression analyses. Applied statistics in health care and program evaluation will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): An undergraduate statistics course or by permission of the instructor.
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of NURS 818, CHEP 805, and PUBH 805.


NURS 821.3: Outcomes Based Research

This course provides skill-building opportunities related to quality improvement and evidence-based practice to facilitate research scholarship guiding nursing practice and policy. Students will demonstrate evidence-based leadership to influence change. Emphasis will be placed on the application of research principles in clinical and community practice.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Open to all U of S graduate students.


NURS 822.3: Advanced Issues in Nursing Education

Building on knowledge of the teaching and learning relationship obtained in NURS 813, this course will focus on advanced issues in nursing education including environmental scans and curriculum development, program and policy development, distance learning, technology, simulation, indigenization, internationalization and global strategies, innovative teaching strategies, supervision of clinical practicum, program evaluation, approval and accreditation and interprofessional teaching. Students will integrate leadership principles in key areas such as faculty development and program evaluation.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 813


NURS 823.3: Applied Leadership and Management in Clinical Nursing Practice

This course will focus on application of nursing leadership in complex health care settings. The course also focuses on synthesizing organizational, leadership and management theories in relation to evidence-informed leadership and administrative practice. Students extend their expertise by examining leadership in complex contexts, advancement of quality and patient safety, skills in change management and innovation, and the ethics of administrative decision-making through exploration of relevant theoretical and empirical literature and guided application in practice settings. Students also explore novel and emerging topics and approaches to leadership in contemporary environments.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 812


NURS 824.6: Advanced Integrative Exercise

This course provides students with an opportunity to interpret, analyze, synthesize, apply, and communicate knowledge gained throughout their Master’s program. Working across the domains of research, practice, education, communication, policy, and leadership students will contribute to disciplinary knowledge in their area of expertise or emerging interest. The form of the Advanced Integrative Exercise is negotiated with a Faculty Supervisor and will vary depending on a students’ expertise, program focus, and career plans (e.g., synthesis/integrative review; secondary data analysis; concept mapping exercise; arts-based project, etc.

Prerequisite(s): All core courses and electives in the Professional Practice M.N. (21 credit units).


NURS 862.3: Integrative Review Critical Appraisals of Health Evidence

In this course, graduate students will have the opportunity to concentrate on a substantive area in health literature. Scholarly activities in this course will facilitate the exploration of different types of literature review methods, the development of a research question, and a review and critical appraisal of the literature.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in a graduate program in Nursing, or with departmental permission.


NURS 875.3: Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice

This course will build on previous courses through the application of knowledge in the care of clients in primary care settings. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and ability to critically analyze, apply and demonstrate their knowledge in evaluative element, the residency week activities and OSCE. Successful completion of this course is required to begin clinical practicum courses in the Nurse Practitioner Programs.

Weekly hours: 40 Practicum/Lab hours
Restriction(s): Admission to the Nurse Practitioner graduate program.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 879, NURS 886, NURS 885.


NURS 878.3: Practicum III Advanced Nursing Practice with Vulnerable Populations

Students will continue to demonstrate primary health care skills and advanced practice clinical judgment with a focus on integration and application to common medical conditions across the life span. Scholarly activities in this clinical practicum will be designed so that the student will gain increasing experience in consultation, integration of theory, research and clinical knowledge.

Weekly hours: 40 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 888.


NURS 879.3: Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning

Building on Advanced Health Assessment, this course develops the student's knowledge of diagnostic reasoning for clinical practice. Using the assessment process students will develop and understanding of diagnostic test and procedures that will address the investigation of common medical conditions across the life span.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 884.3


NURS 880.3: Practicum I Advanced Nursing Practice in Primary Health Care

This clinical practicum provides students the opportunity to demonstrate clinical knowledge and diagnostic skills with clients across the life span. Scholarly activities in this clinical practicum are designed so that the student gain increasing experience in integration of theory, research and clinical knowledge related to multidisciplinary health services and systems.

Weekly hours: 40 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 875.


NURS 881.3: Pathophysiology- Pharmacotherapy for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Students will integrate pathophysiology and drug therapy concepts as a basis for advanced primary health care nursing practice. Students will develop diagnostic reasoning based on understanding the pathophysiology of endocrine, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems across the lifespan, and make therapeutic decisions based on pharmacotherapeutic principles, professional, ethical, regulatory, and practical aspects of prescribing.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Restriction(s): Admission to the Nurse Practitioner graduate program.


NURS 882.3: Practicum

Opportunity is provided to test and evaluate selected frameworks related to teaching, leadership, or research with an expert in one of those areas. The focus is on the integration of theory, research and practice.

Weekly hours: 3 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 812 or NURS 813 for course-based stream; NURS 892 for thesis stream.


NURS 883.3: Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing Roles and Primary Health Care

This course will explore and evaluate theoretical aspects, issues and roles in Advanced Nursing Practice within the context of Primary Health Care.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Restriction(s): Admission to the Nurse Practitioner graduate program.


NURS 884.3: Advanced Health Assessment

This course builds on students' skills and knowledge in the conduct of comprehensive and focused health assessment across the life span. Lectures introduce concepts, frameworks, and techniques integral to advanced health assessment and diagnostic skills: and review of associated assessment finding related to common medical conditions. This class includes 16-hours of clinical as an introduction to the Nurse Practitioner role and the application of health assessment skills.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Restriction(s): Admission to the Master of Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP) or Post Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate (PGNPC) program and College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS 960).


NURS 885.3: Nursing Therapeutics I Individual to Community

Focuses on therapeutic approaches of advanced nursing practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities as they apply to primary health care nursing. The emphasis will be on the integration of theories and interventions with clients (individual, families, groups and communities) who have mental health needs and common medical disorders in an interdisciplinary primary health care nursing context.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 881 and NURS 883


NURS 886.3: Pathophysiology-Pharmacotherapy for Advanced Nursing Practice II

Building on the knowledge and skill learned in Pathophysiology-Pharmacotherapy for Advanced Nursing Practice I, students will complete the body systems across the life span. They will incorporate both an understanding of pathophysiology and the utilization of pharmacotherapeutic principles, and professional, ethical, regulatory and practical aspects of prescribing to make therapeutic decisions.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 881


NURS 888.3: Practicum II Nursing Therapeutics and Advanced Management

Using theory and practices, this course builds on NURS 880 and focuses on concepts of primary care management of complex, multidimensional health problems experienced within family, community and population contexts. The selection of clinical interventions, clinical decision making and evaluation of strategies will be stressed in relation to the primary health care nurse practitioner role. Within the practicum, students will also focus on developing knowledge of the roles of the interdisciplinary team in primary health care. Students are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 880.


NURS 891.3: Concept Clarification in Advanced Nursing Practice

Considers the current stage of theory development in nursing, critical thinking, and clarification of concepts and relationships among them that are central to advanced nursing.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


NURS 892.3: Quantitative Research Methods

This course will provide students with an overview of quantitative research methods with application to clinical nursing problems. Emphasis will be placed on elements of the research process and critical analysis and evaluation of health-related research

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 891 or permission of the instructor.


NURS 893.3: Qualitative Research Methods

Through this course, students will have the opportunity for in-depth examination of the main traditions of qualitative research inquiry and related methods. Emphasis will be placed on critical discussion and application of all elements of the qualitative research process including development of a qualitative research proposal.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


NURS 895.3: Philosophy of Nursing Science

The theory and philosophy of nursing science will be explored through its historical context and current issues of knowledge development in the discipline of nursing. Diverse theoretical and philosophical perspectives will be critiqued and the relationship between philosophy, theory, research, and practice will be explored.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Note: This course is a pre- or corequisite to all courses in the Nursing PhD program.


NURS 896.3: Nursing Research Advanced Qualitative Methodologies

Involves intensive inquiry into selected qualitative research approaches, their historical development, philosophical assumptions, and epistemological stances. Ethical and methodological issues related to qualitative designs will be explored in the context of contributions to clinically relevant nursing knowledge.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NURS 893 or equivalent.
Note: Students with credit for CHEP 818 will not receive credit for this course.


NURS 897.3: Nursing Research Advanced Research Methods in Quantitative Design

The focus of this research course is on the design of quantitative research to advance the development of nursing knowledge. The course will examine various theories and assumptions of research design, measurement, and intervention development to investigate nursing practice issues and health outcomes.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): NURS 892 or equivalent.


NURS 898.3: Special Topics

A combination of seminars, guided reading and special projects in selected areas of nursing. The topics to be considered will relate to the special interests of students enrolled in the course. A practicum or internship may be one of the learning methods used. Reports on readings and projects will be required.


NURS 899.6: Special Topics

A combination of seminars, guided reading and special projects in selected areas of nursing. The topics to be considered will relate to the special interests of students enrolled in the course. A practicum or internship may be one of the learning methods used. Reports on readings and projects will be required.


NURS 990.N/A: Seminar

This departmental seminar includes reports and discussion of current nursing research. Graduate students are required to attend and participate for two academic terms.


NURS 994.N/A: Thesis

Students writing a Master's thesis must register in this course.


NURS 996.N/A: Research

Students writing a Ph.D. thesis must register for this course.


NURS 997.0: Doctoral Seminar

This departmental seminar includes presentations and discussions of topics relevant to doctoral roles and functions. Ph.D. students are required to attend until successful achievement of the Comprehensive Examination.

Weekly hours: 1 Seminar/Discussion hours