Nursing degree option comes to Kamloops

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Thompson Rivers University received approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education for its Master of Nursing program, and could begin offering courses as early as January 2017.

This marks TRU’s third new graduate program since May, which effectively doubles the university’s offerings.

“We are excited to be offering a Master of Nursing program to be delivered by our School of Nursing which is well recognized nationally for its high caliber faculty and graduates,” said President and Vice-Chancellor, Alan Shaver.

“Increasing our graduate programming contributes to our active research culture and reinforces TRU’s major role of delivering programs and research that directly impacts our community, our province and the country.”

“This announcement reflects the exceptional quality of our nursing faculty, and is yet another example of our ability to respond to the growing demand for graduate credentials,” said Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies Will Garrett-Petts. “Until recently, professionals in the BC Interior were forced to leave their communities to pursue graduate education. This is no longer the case.”

The MN will offer opportunities for baccalaureate nurses and registered nurses to gain leadership roles within the field, advance healthcare knowledge and obtain clinical education for academia. It will be offered in a blended delivery model both in-person and online, available in full-time and part-time study.

“Nurses have a great deal of knowledge about the direction and future of healthcare in our province. The Master of Nursing program will contribute to nurses advancing change, research and leadership within healthcare” said Dean of Nursing, Donna Murnaghan.

The 33-credit program will consist of five core courses with the option to complete a thesis, major project or major paper. There will also be directed study opportunities in Indigenous health leadership, clinical education and practice, and nursing education.

The announcement comes on the tail of a $550,000 pledge from the Stollery Charitable Foundation towards a new Nursing and Population Health building.

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