The goal of the master's program is to educate registered nurses for an advanced practice role and/or doctoral studies. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume leadership roles in improving the quality of nursing care in various health care settings. The program provides rigorous academic preparation based on theory and research to address health-related phenomena experienced by individuals, families, groups, aggregates and communities.
The master's program is offered in English and French with a thesis option or a clinical option (course based) and on a full-time or part-time basis. In accordance with the University of Ottawa policy, students can write exams, course assignments and the thesis in either language.
The courses can be offered by distance modalities. Francophones from minority communities on the Canadian west and east coasts and in the Territories benefit from additional privileges thanks to the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS). CNFS is a nationally-represented organization that comprises ten university- and college-level academic institutions offering French-language education in various health-related fields.
The MSc program offers two areas of concentration: Primary Health Care and Tertiary Health Care. Primary health care, which is mainly community-based, includes health promotion, prevention of illness, and provision of essential first-level care. Tertiary health care is a specialized level of health care, which encompasses acute and chronic illness. Nurses graduating with this concentration will practice in a variety of specialty care units. Students must choose one of the two concentrations.