Candice Estrela on the UVic campus
Candice Estrela wants to create change at the individual, family, community and global perspectives. She says that UVic allows you to make a difference in community health before even graduating.

The UVic School of Nursing will prepare you to be a leader in your field. Our participatory programs will give you the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience to have a broad impact on the health of individuals, populations and communities. With over 40 years’ experience, UVic leads the way in delivering graduate nursing education through interactive online distance programs.

Graduate program options

Master of Nursing

      • Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Nurse Practitioner Post-Degree (NP Post Degree)

        The nurse practitioner program options prepare family nurse practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses and conditions of people of all ages. Students study advanced nursing theory and engage in practice experiences to prepare them to write exams for registration as an NP with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives;(BCCNM) These program options are web-based with synchronous and asynchronous delivery. NP students are required to;attend skill-building onsites in Victoria each term (3-5 days) NP students must be willing and able to travel to any health authority in BC to work with a primary care preceptor, have access to a vehicle during the program, be a resident in BC, and hold; active practicing registration with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) for the duration of the program.

      • Nurse Educator (NUED)

        The NUED option is intended to prepare nurses with the skills to influence nursing practice in both healthcare delivery and academic settings. NUED is offered via distance learning (primarily web based asynchronous) full-time over two years or part time over 3-4 years. NUED students are not required to live in British Columbia.

      • Advanced Practice Leadership (APL)

        The APL option is intended to prepare nurses for a wide variety of advanced practice roles in primary care, acute care, and/or community care, including clincial nursing specialist. APL is offered via distance learning (primarily web based asynchronous) full-time over two years or part time over 3-4 years. APL students do not need to live in British Columbia.

      • Double Degree - Master of Nursing and Master of Health Informatics program (DD)

        Canada's only nursing informatics degree program provides knowledge, skills and training to identify concerns, design safe and usable systems and address nursing practice issues before and during technology implementation. This is a fully online program that can be completed within two years.

      • UVic BCIT Graduate Pathway

        The University of Victoria, School of Nursing and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have collaborated to create the UVic-BCIT Pathway, a cross-institutional agreement to provide academic preparation for leadership in Speciality Nursing. Students admitted to an MN program through this agreement will be granted 4.5 units of block course credit.

    • Students in all Master of Nursing programs are required to attend a mandatory onsite orientation in Victoria before the start of the program. (usually the last week of August). 


      • PhD in Nursing 

        A doctoral graduate in nursing will be self-directed, have a deep, active knowledge of a particular focus of study within the field of nursing, and will make a significant contribution to the literature in that area.

Faculty and research 

Join our community of students, researchers and educators. Our internationally recognized faculty are committed to improving health equity and research that addresses pressing societal issues and enhances nursing education and leadership. Read more about UVic nursing research