Program

As an online student, you will develop advanced nursing practice competencies while participating in community-centered practice.

The program, to be completed in a two-year time frame, is delivered through online learning with the exception of an on-campus one-week residency requirement in the first year, to allow you to meet other students and faculty in person and experience high fidelity simulation learning. Faculty are all registered nurses with NP and/or PhD preparation.

As a CNPP student, you will study full-time in the fall, winter and spring-summer semesters to obtain your degree. You will complete 702 hours of clinical practice experiences in primary care settings with a licensed registered nurse(nurse practitioner). (Limited hours may be completed with a primary care physician and a pharmacist.)

Curriculum

The curriculum is designed based on the philosophy and principles of Primary Health Care: Canadian Nurses Association (2008) Advanced Nursing Practice: A national framework; and the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) Standards and Core Competencies (2011).

The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates with the competencies required for initial registration as a RN(NP) as identified by the SRNA and other regulatory bodies across Canada. The national Canadian Nurse Practitioners Exam (CNPE) is designed to test graduate knowledge of these competencies. After graduating from the program, you will be required to pass the CNPE exam in order to obtain registration as a registered nurse (nurse practitioner) with the SRNA.

Course List

All courses in the program are offered online. The curriculum uses textbooks, online articles, guided discussion and interactive activities. Practicing and experienced PhD prepared and nurse practitioner faculty instruct using online web conferencing. They are available for frequent contact through electronic course mail and online office hours. All course exams are written at an approved test site. Clinical practice education courses can be completed in your community provided the experience site can be approved by the program.

Year 1 Courses – three terms (18 credit hours)

Term 1
MNUR 800 Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
The course reviews the domains of advanced practice nurse roles in Canada. An examination of the historical, philosophical, sociopolitical and economic influences develops the foundation for practice. Factors that affect role implementation and innovative models that utilize the advanced practice nurse role in primary health care are investigated.

MNUR 801 Research in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
Evidence informed methods used in clinical practice by advanced practice nurses are examined. Transforming complex clinical problems to researchable questions, students will systematically review and appraise evidence the literature, consider ethical issues in research methods, design a study proposal and consider knowledge translation strategies.

GRST800AA Academic Integrity Tutorial
This course must be successfully completed in order to register for second term courses.

Term 2
MNUR 802 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (3 cr)
Phases of clinical judgment and various diagnostic reasoning models are explored in the context of direct patient care. Health maintenance concepts and diagnostic reasoning skills are developed. The mandatory one-week on-campus residency is designed to develop and evaluate health assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills.
**Pre-requisite: MNUR 800***

MNUR 803 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I (3 cr)
Pathophysiology of common acute and chronic disorders across the lifespan informs therapeutic decisions including pharmacotherapeutic principles, professional, ethical, regulatory and practical aspects of prescribing. Cellular biology, immunity and the central nervous system will provide a foundation for the study of disease and therapeutics in other body systems.

Term 3
MNUR 804 Global Health & Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
Critically analyze population health and current research on the determinants of health, with an emphasis on the sociopolitical, cultural and environmental determinants of health. The role of the advanced practice nurse in health policy development, and primary health care will be explored.

MNUR 805 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II (3 cr)
Building on the content from MNUR 803, pathophysiology of common disorders across the lifespan informs health assessments and pharmacotherapeutic decisions in nursing practitioner practice. Analysis of the functioning of body systems provides a foundation for the study of disease and pharmacotherapeutics.
***Pre-requisites: MNUR 802 and MNUR 803 ***

Year 2 Courses – three terms (15 credit hours)

Term 1
MNUR 806 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan I (3 cr)
A broad knowledge base is integrated with critical appraisal for determining diagnoses and patient needs. Appropriate selection from a range of evidence-informed non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions restores or maintains functional, physiological and mental stability to achieve optimal health. Conception, prenatal, postnatal care and family health care are emphasized.
***Pre-requisite: MNUR 805***

MNUR 807 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan II (3 cr)
A broad knowledge base is integrated with critical appraisal for determining diagnoses and patient needs. Appropriate selection from a range of evidence-informed non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions restores or maintains functional, physiological and mental stability to achieve optimal health. Gender and episodic care is emphasized.
***Pre-requisite: MNUR 805***

Term 2
MNUR 808 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan III (3 cr)
A broad knowledge base is integrated with critical appraisal for determining diagnoses and patient needs. Appropriate selection from a range of evidence-informed non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions restores or maintains functional, physiological and mental stability to achieve optimal health. Healthy aging and chronic care management is emphasized.
***Pre-requisite: MNUR 805***

MNUR 809 Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing I (3 cr)
Critically appraise and apply research, best practice guidelines and theory relevant to advanced nursing practice. A literature review is completed in preparation for a major research paper that addresses health improvements for patients, families, communities or health care systems.
***Pre-requisite: 24 approved credit hours at the 800 level***

Term 3
MNUR 810 Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing II (3 cr)
Advanced nursing practice concepts are integrated into a consolidated clinical practice experience. Autonomy, accountability, decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence advanced nursing practice are demonstrated. A major research paper will be completed.
***Pre-requisite: MNUR 809***