Health Systems Leadership and Administration
- Program Requirements
- HSLA Program Chart
- Course Descriptions
- Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL)
- On-campus Requirements
Health Systems Leadership and Administration Program Requirements
The MN – Health Systems Leadership and Administration (HSLA) program is designed to prepare nurses for formal leadership roles in healthcare systems in Canada and internationally. Graduates are prepared for careers in health care administration, health policy, professional practice leadership, and other related roles.
The MN (HSLA Field of Study) program requires 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:
- Five foundational courses: (NUR1016H, NUR1017H, NUR1027H, NUR 1127H, NUR1034H);
- Three field of study courses (NUR1151H, NUR1152H and NUR1161H); and
- A 1.0 FCE practicum-based course (NUR1072Y), which should be taken alone in the final session and only after completion of all other coursework and program requirements.
Note: Y denotes 1.0 FCE and H denotes 0.5 FCE
The MN – HSLA courses are offered online. There are three required on-campus learning periods: one at the start of the program for orientation, one embedded in NUR1151H in Year 1 and one embedded in NUR1072Y in Year 2. The Summer courses: NUR1152 and NUR1072Y include a required supervised practicum component. Courses are prescribed and normally students progress through the program within a defined student cohort. Normally, successful completion of Year 1 courses is required for students to enter Year 2 of their program.
*Placement Practicum Requirements
See the Graduate Placements section of the website.
Health Systems Leadership and Administration Program Chart
Courses are prescribed and normally students progress through the program within a defined student cohort. Normally, successful completion of Year 1 courses is required for students to enter Year 2 of their program.
The HSLA program course sequence and practicum requirements are as follows:
Fall Semester (Sept-Dec) Winter Semester (Jan-Apr) Summer Semester (Apr-Jun) Year 1 NUR1017H
(80 clinical hours)
Year 2 NUR1016H
NUR1034H NUR 1072Y
(170 clinical hours)
Students take NUR1072Y alone in the final term of the program and only after completion of all other coursework and program requirements.
Course NUR1017H History of Ideas in Nursing Practice
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.
NUR1027H Integrated Approaches to Research Appraisal and Utilization Part 1
A major responsibility for masters-prepared advanced practiced nurses in leadership roles (formal or informal) is promoting evidence-informed practice and policy decisions within nursing. In order to be successful in this endeavour, nurses must be knowledgeable consumers of nursing and related (e.g. health services and social sciences) research. This course and the subsequent course NUR 1127 specifically further development of your knowledge, skill, and judgment related to research competencies for advanced practice nurses as outlined in the Canadian Nurses’ Association document “Advanced Nursing Practice: A National Framework (2008)”. The focus of NUR 1027 is on critical examination and reflection on research and evidence-based practice, with an emphasis on integration of theory and research to guide practice. You will develop an understanding of the philosophical foundations of contemporary approaches to knowledge production in nursing in the health sciences, and essential competencies in locating, interpreting, critiquing, and using research evidence in practice. Critical analysis of both qualitative and quantitative approaches and their underlying theoretical frameworks will enable you to understand and appropriately integrate research into practice.
NUR1151H Theories and Concepts in Nursing Leadership and Administration
NUR1151H introduces students to fundamental concepts necessary to engage in evidence-informed leadership and administrative practice in health services through the exploration of relevant theoretical and empirical literature. Our hope is to engage future nurse leaders in a sampling of the full range of administration and leadership roles and skills, from the conceptual to hands-on practice in skills such as managing scheduling and budgets. The course utilizes asynchronous and synchronous education delivery approaches, including facilitated online learning activities and a one-week, in-class residency on campus.
NUR1152H Leading and Managing Effective Health Care Teams
NUR1152H introduces students to fundamental concepts necessary to engage in evidence-informed leadership and administrative practice in health services. Students develop skills in administrative analysis and decision-making, human resources management, and leadership of interprofessional teams and organizations, through exploration of relevant theoretical and empirical literature and guided application in practice settings. The course utilizes multiple asynchronous and synchronous education delivery approaches, including facilitated online learning activities and 80 hours of supervised practicum with an advanced practice nurse leader.
NUR1161H Advanced Topics in Management and Leadership
NUR1161H builds on the content introduced in NUR1151H and NUR1152H 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 NUR 1152H)
NUR1127H Integrated Approaches to Research Appraisal and Utilization Part 2
NUR1127H builds on and extends the content introduced in Part 1 NUR 1027H and focuses on specific research designs and approaches that explain phenomena and relationships, or involve interventions/actions. You will develop competence in critically appraising, interpreting and synthesizing results from individual research studies and research syntheses. Critical appraisal and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative approaches and mixed methods studies will be addressed.
NUR1016H Health Systems, Policy and the Profession
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.
NUR1034H Program Planning and Evaluation in Nursing
Develop an understanding and critical analysis of theoretical, research, and practical issues associated with the process of planning, delivering and evaluating programs to address the needs of individuals or groups of clients/patients and/or health care providers. Examine this process and discuss the challenges and strategies for delivering and monitoring the implementation of programs in a variety of settings, and for evaluating program outcomes. Prerequisite NUR1027
NUR1072Y Practice Scholarship
NUR1072 provides learners in the final term of MN program with opportunities to integrate previous learning and continue the analysis, synthesis and integration of advanced theoretical principles and concepts related to advanced nursing practice, using the revised national framework for advanced nursing practice (CNA, 2008). Learners activate, build, and refine the knowledge and skills that are consistent with the core competencies as outlined in the framework including practitioner, researcher, leader, and consultant/collaborator. The course highlights the scholarship of practice in the master's program.
NUR1072 is offered in a variety of settings to allow students options and selection of a focus for their scholarship in practice. These foci include clinical, education, management, and research. The practicum placement should align with the individual student's clinical/administration focus and learning goals. During NUR1072, learners engage in a formal guiding/preceptored relationship with an advanced practice preceptor, demonstrate advanced nursing practice scholarship competencies (CNA, 2008) and actively participate in a community of learners who are committed to fostering excellence and advancing the nursing profession. The course consolidates learner development as an advanced practice nurse.
The Canadian Nurses Association has identified core competencies required of advanced practice nurses in the document Advanced Nursing Practice: A National Framework (2008). This course specifically furthers development of your knowledge, skill, and judgment related to the following CNA categories of competencies: clinical, leadership, research and consultation and collaboration
The University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s collaboration with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) allows students to earn credit towards the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation, Canada’s only professional credential available to health leaders, while completing the Master of Nursing Health Systems Leadership and Administration degree.
CCHL is a national, not-for-profit, professional association dedicated to developing, promoting, advancing, and recognizing excellence in health leadership.
On-campus requirements for the Health Systems Leadership and Administration Program
All of the courses in the MN – HSLA program are online. The means that, orientation and residences aside, you do not have to come to campus weekly for classes. The MN-HSLA program includes 3 mandatory on-campus sessions where students must be on campus in Toronto:
- 2-day Orientation session during the first week in September
- Year 1 Residency (embedded in the NUR 1151H course) is typically for 1 week in mid-March
- Year 2 Residency (embedded in the NUR 1072Y course) is typically for 1 week during the last week of June