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. It may be combined with the Diploma in Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner. In accordance with the University of Ottawa policy, students can write exams, course assignments and the thesis in either language.
The courses from the master's program can be offered by distance modalities. The courses from the Diploma PHCNP are offered using a combination of face-to-face and 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 department offers a collaborative program in Women’s studies at the MA level. For more information on this program, see 'Admission'.
The program operates within the general framework of the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) of the University of Ottawa, which are posted on the FGPS website.