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Nursing (MScN)

Become an expert and gain the knowledge, values, attitudes and competencies reflecting the philosophy, nature and scope of nursing in northern rural and remote areas.


Understand the discovery, integration, application and dissemination of knowledge delimited by rigor and ethical integrity.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) program produces graduates who have the knowledge, values, attitudes and competencies reflecting the philosophy, nature and scope of nursing of diverse populations in small urban, northern rural, and remote communities. The learner will develop a richer understanding of the discipline of nursing and its relationship to the context of health care service delivery and policy issues. The program also broadens learners' understanding of nursing by encouraging them to engage with scholars from other departments and disciplines as well as those with other professional experiences.

All streams in the MScN program are delivered remotely, designed for mature learners who do not reside in Sudbury.  There are onsite requirements for the Nurse Practitioner program only.
Laurentian University offers 4 masters programs in French and in English that focus on research or clinical practice.  All program outcomes are informed by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing’s four guiding principles for masters nursing education: 

  • Programs provide a comprehensive and substantive understanding of nursing knowledge, and a critical awareness of complex problems and/or new insights.
  • Programs foster the ability to contribute to nursing knowledge through systematic inquiry, knowledge development, translation, and scholarship.
  • Programs provide practice-based learning experiences to foster the use of the best available evidence, theories, and expertise in an advanced nursing role.
  • Programs prepare students to use advanced communication, collaboration and consultation abilities to participate and lead in diverse contexts.


Program options:

Nurse Practitioner (clinical) Stream [MScN-PHCNP]
The Nurse Practitioner program is delivered with the provincial consortium and does have some onsite requirements but the program is designed to accommodate students who do not live in Sudbury.  There are clinical placements required with certain courses.

Advanced Practice Nursing Stream (course based) [MScN-ANP]
The Advanced Practice Nursing stream is designed to produce graduates who are capable of discovering, integrating, applying and disseminating knowledge into their advanced nursing practice.  There are ten courses to complete.

Thesis (research) Stream [MScN]
The thesis stream is designed to produce graduates who will contribute to the creation, application, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.  There are six courses to complete.  Students will then conduct a formal research project and conclude with a formal defence of their work.

Post Nurse Practitioner Certificate Stream (course based) [MScN]
Laurentian University has developed an MScN program for people who have previously completed an NP diploma or certificate without a masters degree.  The post-nurse practitioner certificate program is a course based option with no clinical requirements.

Key Features

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There are three streams in the program: Thesis, Advanced Practice Nursing (course-based), and Nurse Practitioner.
A laptop with a graduation cap on it
Courses are offered by distance.

Career Opportunities

Education, home care, palliative care, nursing in various hospital units and healthcare settings, research.

Settings: Health Sciences North, Sudbury & District Health Unit, Community Care Access Centre, hospitals and clinics and post-secondary institutions across Ontario.

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