Thompson Rivers University received approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education for its Master of Nursing program, and could begin offering courses as early as March 2017.
This marks TRU’s third new graduate program since May, which effectively doubles the university’s offerings.
“Our School of Nursing is well recognized nationally for its excellent faculty and graduates. Therefore, I am delighted that we will soon be offering a Master of Nursing program,” said President and Vice-Chancellor, Alan Shaver. “Increasing our graduate programming contributes to increasing student success and our research capacity, two of TRU’s strategic priorities.”
“This announcement reflects the exceptional quality of our nursing faculty, and is yet another example of our ability to respond to the growing demand for graduate credentials,” said Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies Will Garrett-Petts. “Until recently, professionals in the BC Interior were forced to leave their communities to pursue graduate education. This is no longer the case.”
The MN will offer opportunities for baccalaureate nurses and registered nurses to gain leadership roles within the field, advance healthcare knowledge and obtain clinical education for academia. It will be offered in a blended delivery model both in-person and online, available in full-time and part-time study.
“Nurses have a great deal of knowledge about the direction and future of healthcare in our province. The Master of Nursing program will contribute to nurses advancing change, research and leadership within healthcare” said Dean of Nursing, Donna Murnaghan.
CBC Radio interview with Donna Murnaghan
The 33-credit program will consist of five core courses with the option to complete a thesis, major project or major paper. There will also be directed study opportunities in Indigenous health leadership, clinical education and practice, and nursing education.
The announcement comes on the tail of a $550,000 pledge from the Stollery Charitable Foundation towards a new Nursing and Population Health building.
Dean of the School of Nursing
Dr. Nicola Waters
Master of Nursing Coordinator