University of Regina and SIAST to offer Master's of Nursing

Posted: October 22, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Arnold Boldt, SIAST Provost and Vice-President, Academic (left) shakes hands with Dr. Thomas Chase, University of Regina Provost and Vice-President, Academic as Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education looks on.
Arnold Boldt, SIAST Provost and Vice-President, Academic (left) shakes hands with Dr. Thomas Chase, University of Regina Provost and Vice-President, Academic as Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education looks on. Photo: U of R Photography

The University of Regina and SIAST have signed a memorandum to offer the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program for a Master’s of Nursing degree.

The new program will give nurses the opportunity to be trained as nurse practitioners. This will improve health care services across the province - especially in rural, isolated and northern communities, where nurse practitioners often manage the care of patients and their families in primary care settings.

With the course being offered online, students can complete it without having to leave their communities. Using an integrated model of delivery, the courses will be taught by both University of Regina and SIAST faculty. Full-time students will complete the program in two years; part-time students will complete it in four years.

This is the first joint master’s program offered by the institutions. It’s also the first collaborative masters program of its kind in Canada. It will be offered starting in the fall of 2014.

The signing of the agreement to offer a master’s level program is the newest element of partnership between the University of Regina and SIAST in continuing to meet the needs of the health care system. The two institutions first offered the new Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing two years ago.

“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 – and this new collaboration is just the latest example,” says Dr. Thomas Chase, University of Regina provost and vice-president academic, who signed the agreement on behalf of the University.

“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.

Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris praised the two institutions saying that “This program will provide new opportunities for students to complete their training and find a job right here in Saskatchewan.”