Master of Nursing Science (MNSc)

1.0 Special Regulations

Subject to the provisions of the General Regulations 000 and 200, the following Departmental Regulations shall apply:

1.1 Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements to the Master of Nursing Science Degree Programme are:

a) A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, with at least a second class; second division or equivalent. Equivalent degrees from other recognized academic institutions will be considered on an individual basis. Candidates with a Pass at the under-graduate level in Nursing Programmes will be considered on an individual basis;

b) A current and active nursing license in Botswana or transferable in Botswana through the Nursing and Midwifery Council for Botswana;

c) A minimum of 2 years appropriate professional practice following the first Degree, which may be acquired concurrently with part-time study. Professional practice for students who have obtained a pass in their undergraduate programmes will be considered on an individual basis.

1.2 Programme Structure

The Master of Nursing Science is a 4-semester Degree Programme consisting of coursework, a Research Essay, a clinical practicum and internship.

The Degree is offered as a full-time and part-time Programme. The normal duration for the Master of Nursing Science Degree Programme shall be as stipulated in Section 40.321 of the Master’s Degree Regulations.

1.3 Course Listings

Level 1/Year 1

Semester 1

Core Courses

MNS603 Family Health Nursing

MNS604 Health Assessment

MNS605 Normal Physiology and Pathophysiology

MNS606 Health Promotion Across the Life Span (except Parents and Child)

STA683 Medical Statistics

Semester 2

Core Courses

MNS601 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

MNS602 Research Methods in Nursing

Speciality Courses (6 credits, core):All students shall select at least 2 courses from the list of courses in their speciality areas:

Adult Health Nursing Speciality

MNS607 Care of the Adult with Acute and Chronic Illness

MNS608 Advanced Concepts in Professional Nursing

Community Health Nursing Speciality

MNS609 Epidemiology

MNS610 Theory and Practice of Community Health Nursing

MNS611 Advanced Community Health Nursing Practice

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Speciality

MNS612 Trends in Psychiatric Modalities

MNS608 Advanced Concepts in Professional Nursing

Parent and Child Health Nursing Speciality

MNS613 Human Embryology and Genetics

MNS614 Neonatal Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner Speciality

MNS615 Pharmaceutical Interventions in Primary Health Care

MNS706 Disaster and Trauma Nursing

Optional Courses (3 credits)

In addition, all students shall select 1 course from the optional course listing below:

MNS731 Health Policy and Health Service Management

MNS732 Trends in Midwifery Practice

MNS733 Health Informatics

EFB743 Gender and Health Education

DVS713 Health and Development

MGT640 Behavior in Organisations

LAW652 Ethics and Law in Health Care

EFH646 Counselling of Persons with Special Needs

Semester 3

MNS707 HIV/AIDS Epidemic and Nursing Management

Sub-Speciality Courses (6 credits, core): In addition, all students shall select 2 courses listed under sub-speciality areas. The 2 courses selected shall be from the same sub-speciality. All sub-speciality courses are core courses.

Adult Health Nursing Sub-Speciality

a) Critical/Emergency/Trauma Nursing

MNS706 Disaster and Trauma Nursing

MNS709 Advanced Skills in Disaster and Trauma Nursing Or:

b) Gerontological and Geriatric Nursing

MNS610 Epidemiology

MNS710 Theoretical Perspectives in Aging

MNS711 Advanced Skills in the Care of the Aged

Community Health Nursing

a) School Health Nursing:

MNS712 Health Assessment and Risk Reduction in Schools

MNS713 School Health Nursing Practice

Or:

b) Occupational Health Nursing:

MNS714 Issues and Principles of Occupational Health Nursing

MNS715 Occupational Health Nursing Practice

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Sub-Speciality

a) Adult and Aged Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing:

MNS716 Adult and Aged Psychiatric Mental Health Problems

MNS717 Psychiatric Mental Health Practice

Or:

b) Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing:

MNS718 Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Problems

MNS719 Psychiatric Mental Health Practice

EFH646 Counselling of Persons with Special Needs

Parent and Child Health Nursing Sub-Speciality

a) Midwifery

MNS720 Sexual and Reproductive Health

MNS722 Perinatal Nursing Care

MNS723 Midwifery Practice

Or:

b) Child and Adolescent Health Nursing:

MNS724 Common and Acute Health Problems of Children and Adolescents

MNS725 Advanced Management in Children and Adolescents

MNS726 Advanced Clinical Practice in Children and Adolescents

Family Nurse Practitioner Sub-Speciality

a) Child and Adolescent Family Nurse Practitioner:

MNS727 Diagnosis and Treatment of Acutely And Chronically

Ill/Injured Children and Adolescents

MNS728 Diagnostic Tests and Family Nurse Practice

MNS729 Advanced Clinical Skills in Family Nurse Practice

Or:

b) Adult and Aged Family Nurse Practitioner:

MNS730 Diagnosis and Treatment of Acutely and Chronically Ill Adults and Aged

MNS728 Diagnostic Tests in Family Nurse Practice

MSN729 Advanced Skills in Family Nursing Practice

Semester 4

MNS 702 Research Essay

Optional Courses

All students shall select courses not already taken from the optional courses listed under Semester 2.

Internship (core)

Internship Courses

MNS734 Internship in Adult Health Nursing

MNS735 Internship in Community Health Nursing

MNS736 Internship in Family Nurse Practitioner

MNS737 Internship in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

MNS738 Internship in Parent and Child Nursing

1.4 Assessment

1.4.1 Unless specified otherwise in the course outline, each course shall be assessed by continuous assessment, which may entail tests, assignments, written papers and oral presentations. Continuous assessment shall be based on the following 3 components of work:

a) Two components of theory consisting of a major assignment and a final term assignment;

b) A cumulative practicum report.

1.4.2Coursework taken in Departments other than Nursing Education shall be examined in accordance with the Regulations of the Departments in which the work was taken.

1.4.3 Theory and Practice shall be weighted on a ratio of 60: 40. The rationale is that at a Master’s Level, students’ practice should be theory and evidence-based.

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