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Athabasca University

Master of Nursing: Generalist and
Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Nursing (MN) program contains two streams: Generalist and Nurse Practitioner.

The Generalist (GEN) stream prepares nurses to assume leadership positions in the health system. The program prepares nurses to discern emerging trends, anticipate future health care directions, and provide leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing practice, drawing on philosophical considerations, research methods and various tools of analysis. Students may elect to complete a teaching focus.

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) stream prepares nurses to assume a broader role in the provision of health services to clients of all ages, as family nurse practitioners. It provides theoretical and clinical preparation for nurses whose role will focus on advanced nursing practice. Students in the NP Stream are required to write a comprehensive examination upon completion of their NP courses. RNs seeking initial NP licensure should apply to enrol in the MN:NP stream.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019.

Updated June 18 2018 by laurab

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