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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. Learners may elect to complete a focus ares: Teaching Focus, Leadership Focus, or Health Research 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.

Please note: Athabasca University is currently unable to accept applications from British Columbia for the Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner and Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner programs. Unfortunately, due to the limited availability of clinical placements in the province, students are unable to complete program requirements. AU’s Faculty of Health Disciplines is working with the B.C. Ministry of Health to resolve this issue and plans to resume admission of B.C.-based students as soon as the practicum situation improves.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated June 30 2020 by laurab

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