Erin McPhee was the first to sign up for UBCO's revised Master of Science in Nursing program.

UBCO Master of Science in Nursing program revised

School of Nursing introduces new blended learning format to graduate students.

  • Jan. 24, 2015 7:00 a.m.

The very day UBC Okanagan’s newly revised Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was officially approved, Erin McFee was registered.

McFee, an experienced registered nurse in pediatrics and adolescent health, has long had plans for her master’s. She moved to Kelowna this year with her husband and four children after working many years at the B.C. Children’s hospital.

The move to Okanagan, she says, was timed perfectly for her to return to school for a graduate degree. And when she learned about the upcoming program, she decided it was worth the wait.

“The revised MSN offers me more flexibility for family and work—while still enabling me to maintain a full course load,” said  McFee.

The revised Master of Science in Nursing program invites graduate students to map a degree path through full-time or part-time studies, allowing registered nurses to continue with their career and education goals. The revised program includes options to complete a project in leadership, education, or advanced practice, or to conduct research with a UBC researcher.

Prof. Patricia Marck, director of the School of Nursing, says that the revised MSN program is designed to work for registered nurses across Canada, as well as international applications.

“The faculty have developed an innovative master’s degree that allows nurses to study at a world-class university from where they live,” said Marck.

Registration is now open for the first cohort which will begin in May 2015. Barb Pesut, coordinator for the school’s Graduate Programs, says the program includes an intensive one- or two-week residency at the Okanagan campus once a year.

“Our goal was to find the ideal combination of virtual and classroom work to offer a rich learning environment in a flexible format,” says Pesut.

Questions about applying may be directed to Pesut at barb.pesut@ubc.ca.

For further information, application details, and admission requirements visit  http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/nursing/grad/Master_of_Science_in_Nursing__blended_delivery_.html.

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