Doctor of Nursing

Building Leaders in Nursing Science

Nurses are rising to meet the challenge of a continuously shifting healthcare landscape. Through research and innovation, nurses can redefine health care and nursing education. This is Nursing in Action.

Program Information Sessions

Doctoral Programs Information Session

December 4: Doctoral Programs Q&A Admission Application Workshop

December 11: Doctoral Programs Q&A Financial Workshop

What you will learn:

  • Develop skills in translating research into practice

  • Apply research knowledge in decision-making, and implementation of clinical innovations to make an impact on health care systems, improving care delivery and advancing nurse education & scholarship.

Program Overview & Objectives

The Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing (DN) degree provides a formal, academic credential and competitive edge for those looking to advance their nursing careers in complex and changing healthcare systems or education settings.

Graduates of the Doctor of Nursing program are prepared for:

Program Format

Full-time Hybrid

Students will complete the program in eight consecutive sessions (three years).

Combining on-campus experiences with online coursework, students learn with a blend of innovative online courses and intensive residencies. This hybrid model is tailored for students who have considerable professional experience and work commitments. A balance of online and in-person learning, both synchronous and asynchronous, allows for mentorship with faculty who are engaged in senior leadership positions and creates a community of learning for students.


The DN program totals 5.0 full course equivalents (FCEs) and includes:

Three required doctoral courses:

Leadership, Health Services & Education

One elective doctoral course relevant to the student’s focus such as:

Using Population Health Data to Inform Decision Making; Informatics and Technologies for Practice Advancement; Equity and Ethics in Health Care and Education; Evaluation Science; Pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Four DN seminar courses:

Two Internships


  • DN students are required to complete two internships.

  • Students are required to develop clear realistic goals, learning objectives, and identify expected outputs in advance of each internship/practicum.

  • The Internship evaluation will comprise a self-assessment, mentor evaluation, and faculty evaluation.


  • Students will be required to participate in three on-campus residencies. Each residency is normally three days in length and takes place during April-May each year.

  • Residencies provide an opportunity for students to present their own work and progress, meet with each other, their thesis supervision committee, our faculty members, and inspiring nurse leaders.


Students must also complete:

literature review paper (including published and peer-reviewed research, gray literature, policies, guidelines etc.) that clearly demonstrates the student’s ability to review, analyze and synthesize relevant material to be completed by the end of Term 3 (Year 1) and judged as Satisfactory by the Thesis Committee.

A written DN thesis proposal to be completed by the end of Term 5 (Year 2) and judged as Satisfactory by the Thesis Committee.

Working with a DN supervisor, the student will:

  • identify and investigate a current challenge in health care or nursing education

  • articulate and apply theory and research to the problem

  • design strategies for action to address the problem

  • report on strategies implemented to address the problem

  • analyze results

  • make recommendations for the relevant setting

Doctor of Nursing Symposium

Bloomberg Nursing Building

A required on-site DN symposium is held during the final term of the program. This symposium brings all students in the cohort together to present their DN theses as well as to discuss Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE) plans for implementing their innovations in practice, policy and/ or education. Faculty members, nursing leaders and mentors involved with the program attend and participate in the symposium as guest speakers, providing students with another opportunity to connect with, and learn from, world-class nursing leaders. Students complete their thesis and final oral exam after the symposium.

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Meet the team

Bloomberg Nursing prides itself on providing our students with expert faculty in the field of nursing innovation and science. You will learn directly from nurses and nurse practitioners with a variety of clinical backgrounds.

Edith Hillan, RN, PhD, FAAN


Profile of Linda Johnston

Linda Johnston, PhD, FEANS, FAAN


Profile of Monica Parry

Monica Parry, MEd, MSc, NP-Adult, PhD, FAAN, FCAN


Elizabeth Peter, RN, PhD, FAAN


Profile of Martine Puts

Martine Puts, RN, PhD, FAAN

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Care of Frail Older Adults

Profile of Robyn Stremler

Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, FAAN

Dean and Professor

Profile of Kimberly Widger against background of leaves

Kimberley Widger, RN, PhD, FCAN, FAAN

Associate Dean, Academic
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Pediatric Palliative Care

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