Master of Nursing (Practicum option)

  MN students Kate and Carla

The Practicum option of Memorial University's Master of Nursing (MN) program offers a unique and practical learning opportunity for students, many of whom are employed as nurse educators, staff nurses, and nurse managers.

Students draw from real situations to identify issues, which form the basis of their practicum projects.

Throughout the program students develop a thorough knowledge base needed to implement and evaluate evidence-based practice. During their course work and practicum prjects, they learn to integrate and synthesize philosophical perspectives, theories, research and skills.


The Master of Nursing (MN) program prepares nurses at an advanced level to provide leadership in nursing.


The MN program is based on the belief that advanced practice in nursing requires graduate level preparation that provides students with the opportunity to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and competencies in nursing.

The advanced practioner uses critical thinking, has a well-developed knowledge base, and demonstrates advanced skills in an area of nursing. Advanced nursing practice skills are developed through the testing of selected nursing interventions, implementation of research findings, and the analysis and critique of theoretical work.

Program objectives

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Critically appraise existing knowlege in nursing (philosphical, theoretical, research-based, and other; demonstrate advanced knowledge and competency in an area of nursing practice
  • Apply knowledge appropriately to improve nursing practice.
  • Promote evidence-based practice
  • Conduct a research project or participate in a consolidated practicum experience in a speciality area of nursing
  • Examine and critically analyze issues in nursing and health care
  • Demonstrate leadership in nursing

Curriculum design

The curriculum fosters the interrelatedness of knowledge and practice, and includes:

  • A theoretical component that enables students to critically examine the development and basis for professional nursing practice
  • A research component that helps develop beginning reserach skills and enables students to critically evaluate research in nursing and other health-related fields as a basis for evidence-based practice
  • A practice component, which includes conducting a practicum project, enables students to develop advanced nursing competencies and provide clinical leadership in nursing.

Read about eligibility criteria