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University of Regina and SIAST to offer master’s in nursing

News Release Release Date: October 21, 2013 4:00 p.m.

SIAST and the University of Regina today signed a memorandum of agreement to offer their first joint master’s program – the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program – leading to a Master’s of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degree. 

“I would like to commend the University of Regina and SIAST on this innovative joint master’s program,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said.  “This program will provide new opportunities for students to complete their training and find a job right here in Saskatchewan.”

SIAST’s Nursing Division and the University of Regina’s Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research are partnering to deliver an online master’s program that is relevant to the needs of the health care community in Saskatchewan. Leveraging the strengths of both post-secondary institutions, the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program will provide master’s degree education that is both practice and research based, while preparing registered nurses for the role of nurse practitioners in a community setting. 

“Throughout our history, the University of Regina has consistently demonstrated innovation and leadership in its program offerings to meet the learning needs throughout the province. This new collaboration at the graduate level in nursing is just the latest example,” says Dr. Thomas Chase, University of Regina provost and vice-president academic. “Our refreshed and deepened partnership with our colleagues at SIAST is an effective way of preparing nurse practitioners to serve people in communities across our province.”

“SIAST and the university have a well-established relationship of working together to enrich the learning experience for students,” says Arnold Boldt, SIAST provost and vice-president, academic. “I am delighted that we’re adding a graduate degree to our portfolio of joint programming and transfer credit agreements.”

Delivered online, full-time students will complete the program in two years; part-time students will complete in four years.  Graduates of the program are eligible to write the national nurse practitioner exam and seek registration as a registered nurse practitioner (NP).

The University of Regina is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. It now has 200 academic programs, 10 faculties and more than 13,000 students. The University of Regina is well known in several areas, including business, education, engineering, journalism and justice studies, and offers online and distance study programs for people throughout Saskatchewan and across Canada.

SIAST is Saskatchewan’s primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training. A member of Polytechnics Canada, SIAST’s programs include apprenticeship training, certificates, diplomas and degrees. The institution serves 26,000 distinct students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities.

 

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