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Athabasca University

Master of Nursing

Welcome to the Master of Nursing program, a 33-credit degree open to nurses with an undergraduate nursing degree. Our courses will prepare you to assume a leadership position in the health system. As well, you will learn to discern emerging trends, anticipate future health care directions, and provide leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing practice, drawing on philosophical considerations, nursing theory, research methods and various tools of analysis.

The Master of Nursing program contains two streams: Generalist and Nurse Practitioner.

The Generalist stream prepares nurses to meet the competencies listed above. Students in the generalist stream may elect to complete a teaching focus. Choosing a focus is optional. For details about courses in this stream, please see Admission and Program Requirements.

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) stream prepares nurses to assume a broader role in the provision of health services to clients of all ages, as community-based nurse practitioners. The NP stream provides theoretical and clinical preparation for nurses whose role will focus on nursing practice. Students in the NP stream are required to write a comprehensive examination upon completion of their NP courses. RNs seeking NP licensure should apply to the MN: NP stream. For details about courses in this stream, please see Admission and Program Requirements.

Non-Program Students

Note – Non-program students are students who are not applying for admission to a program (MN or MHS) at the present time but who want to take up to 2 courses in the program under non-program student status. For more information regarding non-program students see

Updated August 10 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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