Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Graduate-Level Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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    Health professionals may apply to take graduate-level courses In the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing through the Centre for Professional Development. All courses are a semester in length (approximately 10-12 weeks); and may be offered in class or online.

    Professional development registrants in graduate level classes are expected to fully participate in the course, complete a minimum of 50% of the course assignments and will receive feedback.  Upon successful completion of the course, registrants will receive a Certificate of Completion. University credits are not granted and the courses cannot be used towards the completion of a graduate degree at the University of Toronto.

    All in class courses classes are held on the St. George campus. Access to courses is subject to available space in the class.

    Prior to registration a representative of the Centre for Professional Development will discuss the course requirements with the applicant to ensure that the course will meet the applicant’s learning needs.

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    Normally applicants must have a minimum of a BScN. Applicants with other baccalaureate preparation will be considered.


    $1,500 + HST per course

    Refund Policy – If you want to withdraw from the course a refund (less a $100.00 + tax administration fee) will be given if your request is received in writing before the second class. After the second class, no refunds will be given. Send your request to

  • Fall 2017 Courses

    Prior to registration a representative of the Centre for Professional Development will discuss the course requirements with the applicant to ensure that the course will meet the applicant’s learning needs.

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    Classes start the week of September 11, 2017.

    In Class Courses

    All in class course classes are held on the St. George campus. Classes meet once a week. The day and time are included with the class description.

    History of Ideas in Nursing Practice – Elizabeth Peter

    In Class Course (Tuesday 1-4)

    Critically explore the discourse of nursing through the examination and interpretation of both historical and contemporary portrayals of nursing practice in light of shifting and prevailing intellectual ideas, socio-cultural and/or historical circumstances. An emphasis will be placed on both the continuities and changes in nursing practice and thinking through time. The course will help students to articulate the practice of nursing and its intellectual history, as well as the distinctive and complementary contributions of nurses to health care and society. (3 hours/week)

    Introduction to Qualitative Research: Methodologies, Appraisal and Knowledge Translation – Denise Gastaldo

    In Class Course (Thursday 1-4)

    Qualitative inquiry is increasingly prevalent in health research. This introduction to qualitative methodologies will acquaint students with the diversity, creativity and potential contributions of these approaches. The course will address the philosophical foundations of qualitative methodologies and will equip students to read and appraise research originating from various traditions of qualitative inquiry. (3 hours/week)

    Introduction to Advanced Practice Nursing – Kim Widger

    In Class Course (Tuesday 9-12)

    NUR1170H is the first course in the MN Clinical Field and lays a strong scholarly, practice-oriented, and skills based foundation for the program and future professional practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN). Learners will begin to explore and understand the complexity, breadth, and in-depth knowledge required to respond to the health needs of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations in advanced practice roles. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has identified core competencies required of APNs in the document ‘Advanced Nursing Practice: A National Framework’ (CNA, 2008) as well as core competencies specific to the Clinical Nurse Specialist role (CNA, 2014). These two frameworks are used in the course in addition to multiple sources of scholarly literature and contemporary ideas of advanced nursing practice. This course specifically provides learners with opportunities to begin to develop the knowledge, skills, and judgment to enact the role of an APN. The course includes a practicum placement of 80 hours with an APN in any one of the following health care delivery settings: acute care hospitals, the community, long-term care, or complex continuing care. The practicum placement should align with the individual student’s learning goals and future career goals and focus on the multifaceted breadth of skills needed for advanced nursing practice.

    Health Systems, Policy and the Profession – Barbara Mildon


    Identify and critically examine health policy in Canada with specific attention to Ontario. The structure of the Canadian health care system, policy initiatives and relevant legislation are examined along with the role of the nurse, the nursing profession and other stakeholders in influencing the system. (3 hours/week)

    Advanced Concepts in Leadership and Management – Lynn Nagle


    NUR1161H builds on the content introduced in NUR1151H and 1152H and assists students to expand their insights and repertoire of theoretical and instrumental approaches to leadership and administration. Through engagement in on-line communities of learning, students extend their expertise in core healthcare leadership and administration abilities including leadership in complex contexts, advancement of quality and patient safety, and advanced human resource management issues. Students also explore novel and emerging topics and approaches to leadership in contemporary environments. (Prerequisite NUR1151H and 1152H)

    Community Participation and Health – Jody Macdonald

    In Class Course (Tuesday 9-12)

    This course introduces students to a holistic perspective on community participation/development theory and practice as it relates to the health of citizens. In our post-modern arena, there is a need to re-conceptualize community and to search for new alternatives for community participation that are conducive to health. To promote health requires students/professionals to appreciate how the determinants of health, such as social support, security, and peace, impact upon people in local, national, global and virtual communities. The course is divided into three areas: conceptual frameworks, applied perspectives, and student leadership. The course begins with a critical exploration of challenges to engaged community participation in local and global communities with related health impacts. Primary health care, quality of life, citizen education, human rights, national identity, and threats to water quality and accessibility will be critically analyzed and related to community capacity building for health. In the applied perspectives section, students will critically/constructively analyze community participation initiatives impacting upon health highlighting community tensions/conflict, the contested interface between governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), children’s health, women’s economic community development, and emergency responsiveness. Experiential learning will be promoted through class site visits to the Toronto Board of Health and arts ‘places’ which participate in regenerating the local, highly diverse, urban environment of Toronto/Canada , including the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). In the final section students will participate in a ‘community of learning’ by working together in small groups to present a critical/constructive analysis of a local, national/provincial, or global community participation initiative. The course ending will highlight the invaluable leadership role of participating citizens/professionals as they construct sustainable and peaceful communities and take action to transform their future. (3 hours/week)

    Coping with Illness – Margaret Fitch

    In Class Course (Thursday 9-12)

    Critically examine theoretical and research literature regarding how people cope with acute and chronic illness. Although a number of theories of coping are explored, the work of Lazarus and his associates will provide the framework for examining the various factors which affect coping. The topics explored in-depth are those which have particular relevance for nurses caring for patients and families coping with an illness, including such topics as social support, uncertainty, self-esteem, control, etc. Research which examines how these factor influence coping form the basis for examining nursing interventions. Explore factors which influence a person’s ability to cope with acute events, such as surgery or threatening procedures, and chronic situations such as a chronic illness. (3 hours/week)

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