Doctor of Nursing (DN), UCalgary Nursing

Doctor of Nursing (DN)

As part of the Faculty of Nursing’s commitment to health-care leadership and innovation, a new Doctor of Nursing program will be launched in January 2023.

This new program is aimed at developing nurse leaders and innovators with significant leadership experience (minimum of three years) for senior roles in health care and related organizations. Students will be provided with knowledge and skills to advance health systems by designing and implementing innovations and evaluating outcomes.

The program may be completed in as little as three years.

The Doctor of Nursing is a graduate degree program requiring a work-integrated research project. The online structure of the program will allow students to complete the program with flexibility while continuing to work.

If you have questions about the Doctor of Nursing program or are interested in making an application, we welcome you to email us today for more information. You will be notified when applications are open.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 3 years of healthcare or related organization leadership experience in a mid-level to senior leadership role.
  • A Master’s Degree in Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing or related fields, or an equivalent from a recognized institution, with a grade point average equivalent to 3.00 or better (on the University of Calgary 4-point system).
    • Students must have successfully completed graduate-level courses in quantitative and
      qualitative research methods and statistics.
    • Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary. Prospective applicants with international degrees are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Nursing.
    • Exceptional candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and with substantial senior or executive managerial experience may be considered. Prospective applicants in this situation are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Nursing to discuss their background and admission opportunities.
  • Proficiency in the English language is essential for the pursuit and successful completion of graduate programs at the University of Calgary. Applicants whose primary language is not English must fulfill the English language proficiency requirement as outlined in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.
  • Submission/completion of the following admission processes:
    • A personal statement. Applicants may include information about their personal context, reasons for making an application to the DN program, and/or professional/personal objectives.
    • A current resume/curriculum vitae with examples of the applicant’s written work (e.g., publications, research reports/proposals, master’s thesis, etc.).
    • Two references - One academic and one professional.
    • Optional opportunity to meet with faculty will be available

       

Students will be assigned a faculty supervisor to assist with the identification and development of a work-integrated project. Students will be required to provide a workplace mentor to support their project work. If students have not identified this mentor prior to the start of program, support will be offered to meet this requirement.

Program Structure

  • Online delivery – synchronous and asynchronous
  • Complete 7 core courses
  • Prepare and successfully defend thesis
  • Expected completion time is 3 years
  • Tuition is charged annually 

Course Work

  • NURS 741 – Leading Innovation and Transformation
  • NURS 742 – Technology and Healthcare Information
  • NURS 743 – The Business of Healthcare
  • NURS 744 – Health Policy and Advocacy
  • NURS 745 – Innovation, Improvement and Implementation Science
  • NURS 746 – Seminar 1 – Project Development
  • NURS 747 – Seminar 2 – Knowledge Mobilization

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to a a very limited number of qualified students in line with the University’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility initiatives.

Still have questions? Contact the Graduate Programs Office