Master of Nursing


Fieldwork in the Pathway, planning practicum and portfolio Coursework

The Pathway, Planning Curriculum and Portfolio coursework is designed to engage you in critically examining advanced nursing roles in complex and inter-professional healthcare environments, including areas such as clinical practice, leadership, and education which includes an advanced practicum component of fieldwork. 

Fieldwork overview

Your fieldwork, which typically starts your second year, permits you to gain substantive experience in a variety of settings in order to examine advanced nursing roles and apply core concepts into the real-world context of heath care. Upon completion of the first two credits of this coursework in 2nd quarter of year one, you will be assigned a scholarly chair to oversee your fieldwork and credit completion.

Fieldwork requirements and guidelines

  • Complete the Health & Safety requirements. Students not compliant with requirements will have a registration hold place on their account in early February of their first year. 
  • Complete the two credits introductory course to fieldwork in your second quarter of year one (winter quarter) whether you are three-quarter time or part-time. No faculty code is required for this 2 credit BNURS 505 hybrid course. The course meets a total of three times in the quarter.
  • Once you are assigned a Scholarly Chair, initiate contact to discuss objectives and plan for the completion of your fieldwork, and the remaining six credits of BNURS 505. Remember, which quarter you complete the credits and the number of them you intend to complete in any given quarter is decided between you and your Chair. The placement and credit amount in the course of study is suggestive only and may vary by student.
  • When you first meet with your Scholarly Chair, request they provide you with their faculty code and keep record of it. You will need it for continued registration of the six credits of BNURS 505.
  • Complete 100 hours of fieldwork. For planning purposes, you can expect approximately 33 hours of activity to satisfy one credit hour.

Approved fieldwork activities

  • Direct patient care
  • Educational interventions: staff development, patient education, or academic setting
  • Administrative projects: data analysis, policy development, program development, etc.
  • Policy or professional organization work: projects with WCN on workforce development or public policy advocacy
  • Community/Public/Population Health interventions
  • Research projects: independent or as part of a team with faculty member or partner institution
  • Conference attendance: only if presenting a presentation or poster, OR related to a specific professional competency development (no more than total of 10 hours)
  • Shadowing: only if related to specific competency AND cannot reasonably be expected to be able to access experience independently (accompanying administrator to high-level policy meeting, etc.) and is part of or leads to a project opportunity (no more than total of 10 hours)
  • CNE workshops: only if it is specifically related to a project that is otherwise part of the fieldwork (no more than total of 10 hours)

Fieldwork activities not approved; no petitions for exceptions accepted

  1. Purely didactic course
  2. Purely didactic workshop or CNE course
  3. Shadowing to “get a sense of what the job is like”
  4. Conference attendance as “professional development”

Approved by the Master of Nursing Curriculum Committee October 2018.


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