Master of Science (Applied) - Nursing

The Master of Science (Applied) - Nursing — (MSc(A)) is a unique program in Canada, offered at the Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN) at McGill University since 1974.

The MSc(A) — Nursing allows individuals with a non-nursing background to become a master’s degree-prepared nurse in three years.

Overview

Applicants with a bachelor's degree are considered for admission to a Qualifying Year of study in preparation for entry to the MSc(A) - Nursing program. Individuals who have begun preparation in another nursing program or who have completed a nursing preparation are not normally eligible.

Students first have an intensive 10-month qualifying year of study. At this time, complementary courses in either the biomedical or social sciences are selected depending on previous undergraduate studies. Clinical courses include nursing patients and families in hospitals and rehabilitation settings. Following successful completion of the qualifying year, students must apply to continue their studies in either the MSc(A) - Nursing "no concentration" option or the MSc(A) - Nursing Global Health concentration (see Global Health Studies for more information).

Master's-prepared nurses work as advanced clinicians across a broad range of clinical areas including critical care, maternal and child health, cancer and palliative care, and health promotion. A significant number of graduates have continued their studies at the doctoral level.

Our MSc(A) Nursing program will enable graduates to play a crucial role in shaping the future direction of health care at the local, national and international levels.

This program has a longstanding reputation for fostering excellence, creativity and leadership. In close collaboration with faculty, students are encouraged to critically examine traditional practices and develop innovative approaches to all dimensions of health care. There are two streams of the Master of Science (Applied) - Nursing offered to non-nurses: (MSc(A) - Nursing, "no concentration" option) and Global Health (MSc(A) — Nursing, Global Health option). Both streams are fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. Our programs offer enriching clinical experiences in bilingual (English and French) and, indeed, multilingual settings, as well as opportunities nationally and internationally. Master’s-prepared nurses work as advanced clinicians across a broad range of clinical areas including complex and critical care, maternal and child health, cancer and palliative care, as well as care of vulnerable populations. Master’s-prepared nurses have established careers in a variety of areas, including research, knowledge translation, global health, nursing management and policy development.

Admission is delivered in two phases. Phase one is the qualifying year, an intensive 10-month bridge period that prepares students for graduate-level nursing studies. After successful completion of the qualifying year, students must formally apply to the second phase, the MSc(A) — Nursing "no concentration" or the MSc(A) — Nursing, Global Health concentration. For admission requirements, please consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) requirements, which can be found at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare.

OVERVIEW OF TWO STREAMS

1. Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing — No concentration option

A two-year concentration that directly follows the qualifying year. Upon successful completion of the second year of the MSc(A) — Nursing, graduates are eligible to write the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec licensing exam.

2. Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing — Global Health concentration option
A two-year concentration that directly follows the qualifying year, which provides students with global health content throughout their program of study. During their final year, students spend one semester taking clinical and project-based courses at a global health placement site in Canada or abroad.

Course of Study for students admitted PRIOR to Fall 2019

1. Course of Study: Qualifying Year
The Qualifying Year is an intensive 10-month bridging period that introduces students to nursing and prepares them for entry to graduate-level nursing studies. After successful completion of the Qualifying Year, students must formally apply to the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Direct Entry or the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Global Health Direct Entry concentration through uApply.

Fall Term   Winter Term   Summer Term  
IPEA 500 - Roles in Interprof. Teams 0 cr IPEA 501 - Commun. in Interprof. Teams 0 cr    
NUR2 510 - Practice of Nursing 1 3 cr NUR2 511 - Practice of Nursing 2 3 cr NUR2 512 - Practice and Theory in Nursing 4 cr
NUR2 513 - Introduction to Nursing Care 5 cr NUR2 514 - Introduction to Nursing 2 5 cr    
NUR2 534 - Health Assessment/Anatomy1 3 cr NUR2 535 - Health Assessment/Anatomy 2 3 cr    
PHAR 300 - Drug Action OR 3 cr PATH 300 - Human Disease OR 3 cr    
Complementary Course (3 cr)   Complementary Course (3 cr)      
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 14 Total Credits 4

French Language Courses

The French language proficiency exam is a requirement for full licensure in Quebec. French is also the major spoken language in Quebec and your working knowledge of this language affects clinical placements. If French is not your mother tongue, then we encourage you to enroll in French language courses. McGill offers a tailored course for professionals.

2. Course of Study: Direct-Entry Concentration

The Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Direct Entry concentration is a two-year, 58-credit program that directly follows the Qualifying Year. By the end of MSc(A)-DE Year 1, students are eligible to practice as nursing externs during the summer break, in accordance with the regulations of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) - the Quebec Order of Nurses. Upon successful completion of MSc(A) DE Year 2, graduates are eligible to write the OIIQ licensing exam.

MSc(A) DE Year 1 MSc(A) DE Year 2
Fall Term Credits Fall Term Credits
NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing 3 cr NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2 6 cr
NUR2 607 - Children's Nursing 3 cr NUR2 638 - Nursing in Critical Care 3 cr
NUR2 609 - NursingCareofChildren&theirFam 3 cr NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning 3 cr
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1 3 cr    
NUR2 623 - Clin.Assess.&Therapeutics 1 3 cr    
Winter Term Credits Winter Term Credits

IPEA 502 - Patient-Centred Care in Action

AND

IPEA 503 - Managing Interprofess Conflict

0 cr    
NUR2 516 - Perspectives on Global Health 3 cr NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing 3 cr
NUR2 610 - Ambulatory/Community Care 3 cr NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3 3 cr
NUR2 611 - Policy Leadership in Nursing 3 cr NUR2 637 - Clinical Nursing Specializ'n 3 cr
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1 3 cr NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice 3 cr
NUR2 634 - Clin. Assess. & Therapeutics 2 3 cr    
Summer Term Credits    
NUR2 616 - Advanced Clinical Skills 4 cr    
Total Credits 34 Total Credits 24

3. Course of Study: Global Health Concentration

The Master of Science (Applied) - Nursing,  Global Health concentration provides students with global health content throughout their program of study, and students spend one semester taking clinical- and project-based courses in their final year in a global health placement site. This concentration is supported by the Global Health Committee of the Ingram School of Nursing.  For more information about the Global Health concentration, click here.

MSc(A) - Nursing, Global Health  applicants must first successfully complete the Qualifying Year in order to formally apply through uApply.

MSc(A) - Nursing, Global Health Year 1 MSc(A) - Nursing, Global Health Year 2
Fall Term Credits Fall Term Credits
NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing 3 cr NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2 6 cr
NUR2 607 - Children's Nursing 3 cr NUR2 636 - Global Health Nursing Clinical 3 cr
NUR2 609 - NursingCareofChildren&theirFam 3 cr NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning 3 cr
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1 3 cr    
NUR2 623 - Clin.Assess.&Therapeutics 1 3 cr    
Winter Term Credits Winter Term Credits

IPEA 502 - Patient-Centred Care in Action

AND

IPEA 503 - Managing Interprofess Conflict

0 cr    
NUR2 516 - Perspectives on Global Health 3 cr NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing 3 cr

NUR2 610 - Ambulatory/Community Care

3 cr NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3 3 cr
NUR2 611 - Policy Leadership in Nursing 3 cr NUR2 638 - Nursing in Critical Care 3 cr
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1 3 cr NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice 3 cr
NUR2 634 - Clin. Assess. & Therapeutics 2 3 cr    
Summer Term Credits    
NUR2 616 - Advanced Clinical Skills 4 cr    
Total credits 34 Total credits 24

Course of Study for students admitted AS OF Fall 2019

1. Course of Study: Qualifying Year

The Qualifying Year is an intensive 10-month bridging period that introduces students to nursing and prepares them for entry to graduate-level nursing studies. After successful completion of the Qualifying Year, students must formally apply to the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Direct Entry or the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Global Health Direct Entry concentration through uApply.

Fall Term   Winter Term   Summer Term  
IPEA 500 - Roles in Interprof. Teams 0 cr IPEA 501 - Commun. in Interprof. Teams 0 cr NUR2 512 - Practice and Theory in Nursing 4 cr
NUR2 500 - Integrated Health Sciences 1 ** 4 cr NUR2 501 - Integrated Health Sciences 2 4 cr NUR2 519 - Nursing Clinical Skills Lab 3 1 cr
NUR2 510 - Practice of Nursing 1 3 cr NUR2 511 - Practice of Nursing 2 3 cr NUR2 521 - Wound Care 1 1.5 cr
NUR2 513 - Introduction to Nursing Care 4 cr NUR2 514 - Introduction to Nursing 2 4 cr    
NUR2 517 - Nursing Clinical Skills Lab 1 1 cr NUR2 518 - Nursing Clinical Skills Lab 2 1 cr    
NUR2 534 - Health Assessment/Anatomy1 3 cr NUR2 535 - Health Assessment/Anatomy 2 3 cr    
NUR1 222 - Strengths-Based Nurs&Prof Prac 3 cr NUR1 311 - Infection Prevention & Control 3 cr    
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 18 Total Credits 6.5

**This course title will either appear as 'Pathology and Pharmacology in Nursing 1' OR 'Integrated Health Sciences 1'

2. Course of Study: No Concentration

The Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Direct Entry concentration is a two-year, 61-credit program that directly follows the Qualifying Year. By the end of MSc(A)-DE Year 1, students are eligible to practice as nursing externs during the summer break, in accordance with the regulations of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) - the Quebec Order of Nurses. Upon successful completion of MSc(A) DE Year 2, graduates are eligible to write the OIIQ licensing exam.

MSc(A) - Nursing Year 1 MSc(A) - Nursing Year 2
Fall Term Credits Fall Term Credits
NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing 3 cr NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2 6 cr
NUR2 607 - Children's Nursing 3 cr NUR2 638 - Nursing in Critical Care 3 cr
NUR2 609 - NursingCareofChildren&theirFam 3 cr NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning 3 cr
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1 3 cr    
NUR2 623 - Clin.Assess.&Therapeutics 1 3 cr    
Winter Term Credits Winter Term Credits

IPEA 502 - Patient-Centred Care in Action

AND

IPEA 503 - Managing Interprofess Conflict

0 cr    
NUR2 516 - Perspectives on Global Health 3 cr NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing 3 cr

NUR2 610 - Ambulatory/Community Care

3 cr NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3 3 cr
NUR2 611 - Policy Leadership in Nursing 3 cr NUR2 637 - Clinical Nursing Specializ'n 3 cr
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1 3 cr NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice 3 cr
NUR2 634 - Clin. Assess. & Therapeutics 2 3 cr    
Summer Term Credits    
NUR2 616 - Advanced Clinical Skills 4 cr    
NUR2 619 - Nursing Clinical Skills Lab 4 1 cr    
NUR2 621 - Wound Care 2 2 cr    
Total Credits 37 Total Credits 24

3. Course of Study: Global Health concentration

The Master of Science (Applied) - Nursing, Global Health concentration provides students with global health content throughout their program of study, and students spend one semester taking clinical- and project-based courses in their final year in a global health placement site. This concentration is supported by the Global Health Committee of the Ingram School of Nursing. The 'Direct Entry' designation identifies this Global Health concentration for bachelor-prepared non-nurse students who complete Global Health studies. For more information about the Global Health concentration, click here. MSc(A) - Nursing Global Health applicants must first successfully complete the Qualifying Year in order to formally apply through uApply.

MSc(A) - Nursing, Global Health Year 1 MSc(A) - Nursing, Global Health Year 2
Fall Term Credits Fall Term Credits
NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing 3 cr NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2 6 cr
NUR2 607 - Children's Nursing 3 cr NUR2 636 - Global Health Nursing Clinical 3 cr
NUR2 609 - NursingCareofChildren&theirFam 3 cr NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning 3 cr
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1 3 cr    
NUR2 623 - Clin.Assess.&Therapeutics 1 3 cr    
Winter Term Credits Winter Term Credits

IPEA 502 - Patient-Centred Care in Action

AND

IPEA 503 - Managing Interprofess Conflict

0 cr    
NUR2 516 - Perspectives on Global Health 3 cr NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing 3 cr

NUR2 610 - Ambulatory/Community Care

3 cr NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3 3 cr
NUR2 611 - Policy Leadership in Nursing 3 cr NUR2 638 - Nursing in Critical Care 3 cr
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1 3 cr NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice 3 cr
NUR2 634 - Clin. Assess. & Therapeutics 2 3 cr    
Summer Term Credits    
NUR2 616 - Advanced Clinical Skills 4 cr    
NUR2 619 - Nursing Clinical Skills Lab 4 1 cr    
NUR2 621 - Wound Care 2 2 cr    
Total credits 37 Total credits 24

FAQs
 

1. What prerequisite courses must I complete to be eligible for admission?

Applicants must have successfully completed the biological sciences and social sciences prerequisites by August, prior to admission to the program. Individuals who have begun preparation in another nursing program or who have completed a nursing preparation are not normally eligible. 

2. Can I take some of the prerequisites on-line?

It is recommended to take no more than two biological sciences prerequisite courses on-line. Please consult with the an academic advisor for recognized on-line equivalent courses.

3. I have an undergraduate degree comprised of three certificates in either Arts or Science (i.e., bacc par cumul at Université de Montréal). Am I eligible for entry?

The total number of credits earned in the three certificates must be equivalent to the total credits required for an undergraduate degree at McGill University. Please check with an academic advisor.

4. Is there a January entry to the MSc(A) - Nursing program?

No. This three-year program (which includes a qualifying year) starts in September. Courses must be taken in sequential order and completed on a full-time basis.

5. I have a professional degree. Am I eligible?

See answer to Question 1. above.

6. How many applications do you receive and how many of these are admitted to the program?

On average, we receive about 85 applications and we can accept no more than 24 new students to the qualifying year.

7. Will this degree allow me to work like any other nurse?

The MSc(A) Direct-Entry program is an accredited entry-to-practice program. Graduates are required to write the licensing exam of the Order of Nurses of Quebec/Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) in order to work in any hospital or community setting, as well as management and academic positions, in Quebec.

8. Do I have to upload all required admission documents at the same time?

Applicants upload documents once they have submitted their on-line application. All documents must be uploaded by the application deadline. For more information, visit the Applying to Graduate Programs in Nursing webpage.

9. How long is the program?

The program is 3 years in duration comprised of a qualifying year and two years at the master's level. In the qualifying year, students learn the basic principles, practice and theory of nursing. Elective courses are chosen on an individual basis depending on the student's background and must be approved by the academic advisor. The remaining two years include clinical and nursing theory courses, as well as a research project at the master's level.

10. I'm an international applicant and would like to have my transcript assessed in order to know if I meet the entry requirements. Who shall I contact?

Your transcript will be reviewed for equivalency only once you have completed the on-line application and have uploaded all documents. All admission requirements must be met. GRE or GMAT placement tests are not required.

11. It would be great to talk to some students who are actually in the program to get their perspective on things. How can I get in touch with them?

Many students are eager to share their experiences with prospective students. To get in touch with someone email the Nursing Graduate Student Association, the student society representing Master’s students in Nursing, at ngsa.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca ( )ngsa.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca
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