Degree Type: 

Master of Philosophy

Department: 

Department of Adult Nursing

Programme Duration: 

2 years (Mature Entry)

2 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 

Regular

About Programme: 

Master of Nursing programme is to train nurses with advanced knowledge and skills to perform advanced Nursing roles in direct patient care delivery, Nursing Education, Nursing Administration and Nursing Research at the local, national and international levels.

Entry Requirements: 

To qualify for admission an applicant:

  1. Must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing OR its equivalent in a related field (e.g. B. ED Health Sciences Education) with at least Second Class Lower Division from a recognized institution.
  2. Should be a registered nurse in good standing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana (NMC) or an equivalent approved by the NMC.
  3. Must pass a selection interview.

Goal / Objectives: 

By the end of the programme, the student should be able to: 

  1. take up leadership roles in nursing and health care delivery in general.
  2. demonstrate high levels of intellectual and analytical competencies to function effectively in nursing education.
  3. develop advanced clinical nurse practitioners who will be able to deliver evidence based  nursing care
  4. acquire requisite foundation to undertake doctoral degree programmes.  
  5. work within complex organizational and political systems at local, national and international levels. 
  6. acquire advanced knowledge and practical skills and attitudes in nursing administration to enable them recognize the total health needs of individuals, families and communities.
  7. exhibit administrative and leadership skills in managing health care units within the framework of the national health policy.

Career Opportunities: 

The demand for nursing services is ever increasing in Ghana and other parts of the world. Our students are employed in public and private health facilities like hospitals, clinics, home health care services, schools, military and police health facilities in Ghana and other countries. Other employment avenues include Nursing and other health training institutions, health research centres, public/community health delivery services and workplace health care systems. 

Programme Structure

Level 800

First Semester

NUR 800: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing
3 Credit(s)

Student will be introduced to the nature and uses of theories and the process of theory construction. Selected concepts, theories and philosophies for guiding advanced nursing practice in various healthcare settings will be examined. The student will also critique, evaluate, and use the theory with emphasis on implications for nursing. The interrelationships among theory, practice and research will be emphasized.

NUR 803: Issues In Nursing and Health Care
3 Credit(s)

This course will examine concepts and issues that influence advanced nursing practice such as health teaching, policy development, programme planning, environmental health concerns, family relationships, cultural influences and selected health care problems. Professional issues and strategies which can facilitate the development of the nursing profession will be examined. Consideration will be given to selected variables influencing the development and resolution of issues. Additionally, it will focus on health care economics and policy analysis of current health care problems and issues. The student will examine the role of the advanced nurse practitioner in health policy formulation and political action. Advanced problem solving and decision making theories and concepts will be essential components of this course.

NUR 805: Professional Role Development
3 Credit(s)

The transition from the professional nursing role to an advanced nursing practice role will be examined in this course. Legal, ethical and advanced practice issues will be emphasized.  Analysis and synthesis of content regarding political, legal, socioeconomic, and technological factors that affect the advanced practice role will be emphasized to provide the student with a clear understanding of the nursing profession and advanced nursing practice roles.  The need for the graduate to work effectively in interdisciplinary relationships or partnerships, recognizing the uniqueness and similarities among the various roles, is also a critical element that will be discussed.

NUR 807: Advanced Pathophysiology
3 Credit(s)

This course builds upon the knowledge of pathophysiology acquired at the basic level and through clinical practice; this course will focus on the application of advanced principles of pathophysiology to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions occurring across the life span and within the scope of advanced nursing practice. Additionally, appropriate screening and diagnostic laboratory evaluative methods will also be examined.

NUR 809: Health Assessment
3 Credit(s)

This course builds upon the foundation assessment skills acquired at the Bachelor’s or in clinical practice. Emphasis will be placed on the advanced skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in assessing the health status of clients across the life span with a focus on health promotion and maintenance. Content will include techniques for comprehensive, holistic health assessment as well as focused assessment for common health problems. The process whereby the advanced nurse utilizes comprehensive physical, psychological, and cultural assessment across the life span to gather specific data relevant to common health problems is demonstrated. The course will include 2 hours of lecture and 3 hours practical experience per week.

Second Semester

NUR 801: Research Methods
3 Credit(s)

This course will build upon research methodology coursework at the first degree level. The course will further focus on application of the research process to generate new knowledge to provide high quality health care, initiate change to improve nursing education, practice and support clinical decision-making. The course will emphasize the use of appropriate software and information systems and databases for the storage and retrieval of data. A strong conceptual framework linking research with practice, theory, knowledge and philosophy will be stressed.

NUR 804: Advanced Pharmacology
3 Credit(s)

Basic pharmacologic principles and the pharmacologic actions of the major drug classes will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems. Emphasis will be on the application of these agents to advanced nursing practice. Theoretical and scientific basis for using pharmacotherapeutic principles in the treatment and management of conditions within the scope of advanced nursing practice will be highlighted. The use of clinical protocols will also be explored.

NUR 806: Curriculum Development and Practice in Nursing
3 Credit(s)

Elective Option I - Nurse Educator

The course will focus on analyses and evaluation of curriculum as well as educational theories utilized in nursing education. Curriculum development and teaching-learning theories will be emphasized.

NUR 808: Instruction and Evaluation in Education
3 Credit(s)

Elective Option I - Nurse Educator

The student will be taught to analyse and utilize teaching strategies, evaluation methods, and documentation methods for nursing education in the classroom and clinical settings. In addition to an emphasis on student assessment methods, programme evaluation will be emphasized. The course will also address student learning needs, as well as legal and ethical issues.

NUR 810: Teaching Practicum
3 Credit(s)

Elective Option I - Nurse Educator

This course provides the student the opportunity to implement the nurse-faculty role in an academic setting. Student will work with a nurse-faculty to gain actual experience in teaching nursing and refining techniques learned about the teaching-learning process in classroom and clinical settings. Under the direction of a nurse-faculty, the student will spend 6 hours per week in an academic setting, functioning within the role of a nurse educator. Students will attend/present weekly seminars that will explore issues unique to the advanced practice role of the nurse educator. Co-requisites NUR 806 and NUR 808.

NUR 812: Health Care Policy
3 Credit(s)

Elective Option II - Nurse Administrator

This course focuses on policy decisions related to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care in the local, national and international community. It will examine political and social forces that shape nursing practice and health care delivery at all levels. Ethical dimensions of public policy formulations and implementation will be highlighted.

NUR 814: Advanced Leadership
3 Credit(s)

Elective Option II - Nurse Administrator

The course will expose students to the various facets of leadership models, skills and competencies required for senior level positions in the health Sector. It will afford students the opportunities to build leadership and governance capacities through theoretical and practical orientation and application of the theories and ideals of corporate leadership. Core competencies and strategies for effective leadership and management will be examined and evaluated.

NUR 816: Administrative Practicum
3 Credit(s)

Elective Option II - Nurse Administrator

This course is the practical component of NUR 812 and 814 where students will apply the knowledge gained to nursing administration. Attempt will be made to have students gain experience at various levels of health facilities i.e., primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The course provides a mix of activities including finances and auditing, minute and report writing, procurement and stores management, organisation of workshops and supervision of direct reports. Thus, students will be able to competently manage nursing activities at ward, committee and facility levels. Six hours of practical experience per week under the guidance of a mentor will be expected. Weekly seminars, regular meetings with the faculty supervisor, papers, and individual projects will be essential elements of the course.

NUR 818: Advanced Health Assessment
3 Credit(s)

Elective Option III - Advanced Clinical Practioner

The course will focus on equipping students to use advanced health assessment skills to develop a comprehensive history and assessment to improve ability to detect and differentiate abnormal findings and potential diagnoses. Didactic content will be based on case study analysis. Clinical practice hours will involve demonstrations, use of the Model Patient Programme as well as practice in a clinical setting.

NUR 820: Advanced Nursing Strategies
3 Credit(s)

Elective Option III - Advanced Clinical Practioner

This course focuses on interdisciplinary illness management, health promotion, and outcome management for individuals and cohorts of patients using selected theoretical frameworks to guide decision-making. Students will be taken through advanced nursing care strategies for promotion of health and disease prevention throughout the lifespan from the perspective of the advanced practitioner.

NUR 822: Advanced Clinical Practicum I
3 Credit(s)

Elective Option III - Advanced Clinical Practioner

This course will be taken concurrently with NUR 820 to allow the practical application of course concepts. The student will be expected to spend 9 hours per week in a clinical setting under the guidance of a supervisor demonstrating interdisciplinary practice, patient-focused care and evidence-based practice. Co-requisite NUR 818 and NUR 820.

Level 850

First Semester

NUR 811: Adult Health Nursing
3 Credit(s)

This course will allow the students to explore the clinical area of interest. Six hours of clinical practice experience per week will be required. It is expected that students will use this opportunity to build on their area of nursing expertise in order to develop advanced skills in Adult Health Nursing. The student will be prepared for future role as a skilled and reflective nurse, able to work and learn in different healthcare settings.  Weekly seminars/presentations on advanced clinical concepts in adult health will be held. In addition, regular meetings with the faculty supervisor, papers, and individual projects will be essential elements of the course.

NUR 813: Public Health Nursing
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to integrate advanced nursing competencies with population-based public health strategies. It builds on knowledge and skills from previous courses in public health nursing. The course equips students with skills for advanced community-based interventions and outcomes measurement, while emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention interventions across the life span. Weekly seminars on advanced concepts in public health will be held. Regular meetings with the faculty-supervisor, and individual projects will be essential elements of the course.

NUR 815: Mental Health Nursing
3 Credit(s)

This course will allow the student to examine mental health concepts. It is expected that the student will use this opportunity to build on previous area of nursing expertise to enable them to develop advanced skills in Mental Health Nursing. Regular seminars will be held on a wide range of mental health concepts

NUR 817: Children Health Nursing
3 Credit(s)

This course examines key concepts, principles and policies related to the care of children and their families and how they are enacted in Ghana and internationally.  Six hours of clinical practice experience per week will be required. The course will provide information on the global burden of disease among children and adolescents. The focus will be on health promotion and health maintenance strategies to meet the physical, developmental, and psychosocial needs of children and adolescents. The student will be challenged to critique, adopt, or apply child care concepts and policies in planning change projects in the area of child health.Weekly seminars on advanced concepts in child health will be held. Regular meetings with the faculty-supervisor, and individual projects will be essential elements of the course.

NUR 819: Women and Family Health Nursing
3 Credit(s)

This course will allow the student to explore the clinical area of interest. Six hours of clinical practice experience per week will be required. It is expected that the student will use this opportunity to build on previous area of nursing expertise in order to develop advanced skills in Women and family Health Nursing. Weekly seminars on advanced concepts in women and family health nursing will be held. Regular meetings with the faculty-supervisor, and individual projects will be essential elements of the course.

NUR 823: Advanced Clinical Practicum II
3 Credit(s)

The student will be expected to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills to enact point-of-care leadership behaviours while demonstrating increased proficiency in health professions’ core competencies. The student will spend 9 hours in a clinical setting.  Weekly seminars and discussions will be a strong part of this program.

Second Semester

NUR 899: Thesis Write-up
Credit(s)

The course is designed to test students’ ability to identify health and nursing problems and design appropriate research to solve the problem. The course aims at testing the students’ abilities to search for literature, collect quality data and produce a standard scientific thesis. The student is expected to present the research problem for approval and carry out the research under the supervision of a team of lecturers. At the end, three copies of typed work should be presented for assessment. The student will also need to pass a Viva Voce or oral defence of the thesis