Program Overview & Objectives
The Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing (DN) degree provides a formal, academic credential and competitive edge for those looking to advance their nursing careers in complex and changing healthcare systems or education settings.
Graduates of the Doctor of Nursing program are prepared for:
Executive leadership roles in healthcare – Chief Executive Officers, Vice-Presidents of Nursing Practice
Mid and senior-level leadership roles in government, policy, and professional associations
Leadership roles in government, regulation, policy, quality and safety science
Teaching roles in nursing education programs
Students will complete the program in eight consecutive sessions (three years).
Combining on-campus experiences with online coursework, students learn with a blend of innovative online courses and intensive residencies. This hybrid model is tailored for students who have considerable professional experience and work commitments. A balance of online and in-person learning, both synchronous and asynchronous, allows for mentorship with faculty who are engaged in senior leadership positions and creates a community of learning for students.
The DN program totals 5.0 full course equivalents (FCEs) and includes:
Three required doctoral courses:
One elective doctoral course relevant to the student’s focus such as:
Using Population Health Data to Inform Decision Making; Informatics and Technologies for Practice Advancement; Equity and Ethics in Health Care and Education; Evaluation Science; Pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
DN students are required to complete two internships.
Students are required to develop clear realistic goals, learning objectives, and identify expected outputs in advance of each internship/practicum.
The Internship evaluation will comprise a self-assessment, mentor evaluation, and faculty evaluation.
Students will be required to participate in three on-campus residencies. Each residency is normally three days in length and takes place during April-May each year.
Residencies provide an opportunity for students to present their own work and progress, meet with each other, their thesis supervision committee, our faculty members, and inspiring nurse leaders.
Students must also complete:
A literature review paper (including published and peer-reviewed research, gray literature, policies, guidelines etc.) that clearly demonstrates the student’s ability to review, analyze and synthesize relevant material to be completed by the end of Term 3 (Year 1) and judged as Satisfactory by the Thesis Committee.
A written DN thesis proposal to be completed by the end of Term 5 (Year 2) and judged as Satisfactory by the Thesis Committee.
Working with a DN supervisor, the student will:
identify and investigate a current challenge in health care or nursing education
articulate and apply theory and research to the problem
design strategies for action to address the problem
report on strategies implemented to address the problem
make recommendations for the relevant setting
Doctor of Nursing Symposium
A required on-site DN symposium is held during the final term of the program. This symposium brings all students in the cohort together to present their DN theses as well as to discuss Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE) plans for implementing their innovations in practice, policy and/ or education. Faculty members, nursing leaders and mentors involved with the program attend and participate in the symposium as guest speakers, providing students with another opportunity to connect with, and learn from, world-class nursing leaders. Students complete their thesis and final oral exam after the symposium.
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Meet the team
Bloomberg Nursing prides itself on providing our students with expert faculty in the field of nursing innovation and science. You will learn directly from nurses and nurse practitioners with a variety of clinical backgrounds.
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