Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Developing nursing leaders prepared to take their careers to the next level

Program Overview
Admission Requirements
Program Requirements
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  • The Doctor of Nursing (D.N.) program 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. The Doctor of Nursing program focuses on developing skills in translating research into practice, applying research knowledge in decision-making, and developing and implementing clinical innovations to make an impact on the healthcare system, improving care delivery, and advancing nurse education and scholarship. Combining on-campus experiences with online coursework, students learn with a blend of innovative online courses and intensive residencies. This flexible model is tailored for students who have considerable professional experience and work commitments. The hybrid model of learning balances online and in-person learning allows for mentorship with faculty who are engaged in senior leadership positions and creates a community of learning for students. Graduates of this innovative program are prepared for:
    • Executive leadership roles in healthcare – Chief Executive Officers, Vice-Presidents of Nursing
    • Mid and senior-level leadership roles in government, policy, professional associations
    • Leadership roles in government, regulation, policy, quality and safety science
    • Teaching roles in nursing education programs
    The Doctor of Nursing programme begins in September 2020.* *No offer of admissions will be made to the program pending final approval by the Quality Council and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Nursing Science’s additional admission requirements stated below:

    • Be a Registered Nurse holding current registration in at least one jurisdiction
    • Have a Master’s degree in Nursing or a closely-related field
    • Have a minimum B+ standing from a recognized University in their Master’s degree in Nursing or related field
    • Have a minimum of 2 years relevant healthcare leadership experience or advanced nursing education teaching experience
    • Have strong letters of support from 1 academic and 2 work-related referees
    • Submit a letter of intent outlining the reasons for applying to the program and a proposed thesis project
    • Consistent with the SGS General Regulation 3 ​English-Language Proficiency, applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not in English must demonstrate proficiency in English. An interview may be required.

    Please note: Meeting minimum admission requirements does not ensure admission to the program.

    *No offer of admissions will be made to the program pending final approval by the Quality Council and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

  • Learn online & on campus

    The Doctor of Nursing program is offered as a full-time program offered in a hybrid asynchronous and synchronous/onsite delivery model. As a student of the D.N. program, you will complete the program in 8 consecutive terms. The DN has an accelerated format that provides students with the opportunity to complete the four-year program in three years.

    Building on previous experience, students focus on the areas of leadership, policy and knowledge translation while gaining practical leadership skills. The hybrid program combines online coursework with residency weeks at the University of Toronto St. George campus.

    DN Courses

    The DN program totals 4.0 full course equivalents (FCEs) and includes:

    • Three required doctoral courses (Health Services Leadership; Health Policy in Clinical Practice and Nursing Education; Implementation Science in Health Care and Nursing Education)
    • One elective doctoral course relevant to the student’s focus (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)
    • Four DN seminar courses

    Internships/Practica

    DN students are required to complete either two internships  — for those with a focus on healthcare leadership — or two practica, for those with a focus on nursing education during the program.

    Each student will be co-mentored by a nurse leader from a healthcare or education setting who will also be a member of their DN supervisory committee. These leaders, who will be experts in their field of nursing or senior faculty in schools of nursing, will provide “real-life” expertise, mentoring and feedback to students on an ongoing basis throughout the Internship/Practica.

    Students are required to develop clear realistic goals, learning objectives, and identify expected outputs in advance of each internship/practicum.

    The Internship/ Practica evaluation will comprise a self-assessment, mentor evaluation, faculty evaluation as well as peer assessment and in-class teaching evaluation.

    Residencies

    Students are required to complete three one-week residencies on campus, during the program. In addition to course content delivery, residencies provide an opportunity for students to meet with each other, their thesis supervision committee, our world-class faculty members and other nurse leaders.

    DN Thesis

    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.

    Students are required to successfully complete a thesis. This thesis work will immerse students in real-world situations and use the knowledge and skills gained throughout the DN program coursework and practica/internships to identify and present a solution

    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
    • analyze results
    • make recommendations for the relevant setting

    DN 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.

  • What is the DN program?

    The Doctor of Nursing is a doctoral degree focused on leadership in health systems or nursing education.

    How does the DNP differ from the PhD?

    Our DN program prepares nurses for leadership roles in healthcare settings, policy, or nursing education. The PhD program is designed to prepare nurses for careers as research scientists in academia and other research-intensive environments.

    What is the thesis/DN project?

    The thesis/DN project will immerse students in real-world healthcare or nursing education settings and use the knowledge and skills gained throughout the DN program coursework and practica/internships to identify and present a solution.

    Working with a DN supervisor, the student will:

    • identify and investigate a practice problem
    • 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
    • analyze results
    • make recommendations for practice
    • discuss outcomes

    How long will it take to complete the program?

    The program is normally completed over 8 consecutive terms. You may complete the program in three years, as the program provides for an accelerated format

    Can I work while enrolled in the program?

    Yes. The asynchronous, hybrid delivery model is designed to allow you to continue in your current employment while studying.

    Does the program prepare advanced practice nurses in specialty practice?

    No. The program is for those who desire to become nurse leaders but it does not focus on a particular specialty.

    What sort of job can I get when I graduate?

    Graduates of our DN program may go on to work in:

    • Mid and senior leadership roles in healthcare, government, policy, professional associations, public health, community care, industry;
    • Executive leadership roles in healthcare – Chief Executive Officers, Chief Nurse Executive;
    • Professional practice leadership roles – Practice Leaders, Directors of Professional Practice;
    • Innovative roles in practice leadership focused on health care innovation, program development and evaluation;
    • Leadership roles in quality, safety, policy, government, and regulation;
    • Health informatics;
    • Teaching roles in clinical settings and in nursing programs in colleges, universities;

    How much work experience do I need to apply?

    You must have a minimum of two years of relevant healthcare leadership experience or advanced nursing education teaching experience.

    What is the structure of the program?

    The program is full-time over eight academic terms.  Students are required to progress sequentially through core courses. Supervised internships/practica experiential learning opportunities and a thesis supervision committee help prepare and support the student in formulating, writing, carrying out, and evaluating their identified healthcare issue for their thesis.

    How often do I need to come to campus?

    Students are required to complete three one-week residencies on campus — one each year of the program.

    What is the tuition?

    TBC.

    When does the programme begin?

    The programme begins in the Fall of 2020.

    How do I apply?

    Contact connect.nursing@utoronto.ca with more questions or apply online.

     

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