• Why Study Nursing at TWU?

    Faculty Spotlight

    Sonya Grypma

    Sonya Grypma

    Dr. Sonya Grypma, author of Healing Henan, Canadian Nurses at the North China Mission 1888-1947, is part of TWU's accomplished nursing faculty.

    Potential Careers

    Graduates from the BScN program will be prepared to work as registered nurses in both hospital and community-based health care settings.

    "Each day I'm in Haiti I'm especially grateful for my years with you.  Thank you for preparing me for this time in my life."

    Taryne Lepp, BScN Class of 2009
    Serving as RN with Samaritan's Purse in Haiti in response to the 2010 cholera epidemic

    TWU offers Canada’s only faith-based nursing program. Recognized as a leader in innovative clinical placements for students, TWU engages students in a variety of hospital and community-based experiences over the four-year undergraduate program.

    TWU is highly regarded for its knowledgeable and passionate nursing faculty and staff. Committed to excellence in education and scholarship, TWU’s nursing professors are recognized nationally and internationally for their research, particularly in the area of spiritual health.

    TWU faculty are accessible and committed to their students. Small class sizes and clinical groups support active engagement with professors and peers.

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)

    Nursing is a profession that attends to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. The School of Nursing provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills for a career in nursing in hospitals and community-based settings. Through classroom, lab and clinical instruction , you will be prepared in subjects ranging from pharmacology to nursing research; health assessment to leadership theories; medical and surgical nursing to mental health; and maternity and paediatrics to elder care.

    The School of Nursing’s focus on diversity and social justice prepares students as global citizens, attentive to health determinants and illness needs both locally and internationally. Highlights include opportunities for specialized work in First Nations communities and travel studies to other countries such as Zambia.

    Graduates from the TWU BScN program will be prepared to work as registered nurses in both hospital and community-based health care settings.

    For more information, visit the School of Nursing website.

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    The vision of the Master of Science in Nursing program is to foster values-based nursing, educational vitality, excellence in scholarship in practice, and transformation through Christian graduate nursing education. A strong disciplinary nursing core together with electives allows students to personalize their studies for their unique career path, whether as educators, leaders, or advance nurses. 

    Graduates from the TWU MSN program will be prepared to provide leadership in nursing education, administration, and advanced practice nurses.

    For more information, visit the Master of Science in Nursing page.

  • Courses

    • NURS 111 Health and Lifestyles

      This course is intended to facilitate the assessment and development of healthful personal lifestyles, acknowledging the importance of nurses to be healthy role models. Determinants of health and healthy lifestyles are discussed within social, environmental, and cultural contexts. Health promotion for the whole person is emphasized, including biological, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being.

    • NURS 116 Health Assessment and Nursing Care

      This course focuses on knowledge and skills related to the health assessment of individuals, including biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of health. It emphasizes techniques to gather health related data, including taking a health history and performing a physical examination, with the purpose of identifying patient care needs and formulating a plan of care.

    • NURS 118 Nursing Care of Older Adults

      This course focuses on knowledge and skills essential for the care of older adults, including physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of health and well-being. The class provides an overview of chronic disease challenges from a positive aging perspective and explores gerontological nursing in light of gender, socio-economic, cultural, and developmental determinants. Clinical reasoning is emphasized by analyzing health related subjective and objective data, identifying patient care needs and planning health promoting care for older adults. The clinical portion of the course provides experience with a gerontological population in residential care.

    • NURS 121 Nursing Concepts

      Concepts foundational to nursing as a profession including biological, psychological, sociological, cultural, and spiritual dimensions, are introduced with laboratory practice of related nursing skills.

    • NURS 124 Communication and Health Teaching

      Concepts of communication are explored with an emphasis on the skills and competencies nurses require to build strong interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Nurse patient relationships, inter-personal communication in the patient care settings, and communication skills with inter-professional patient care teams are examined, including how these relate to Christian values and beliefs. The focus of this course is safe patient communication.

    • NURS 222 Pharmacology

      This course examines classifications, therapeutic actions, uses, interactions, and interrelationships of selected major drug groups used in the care of well and ill clients/patients. Drug education needs of clients/patients are emphasized.

    • NURS 230 History of Nursing

      This course examines the development of Canadian nursing over the past four centuries, with an emphasis on the 20th century. Based on an understanding of nursing as rooted in a Christian ethos of caring for strangers, this course critically explores the ways in which religion, politics, gender, race, economics, technology, culture, war, and epidemics have influenced the development of nursing both nationally and globally.

    • NURS 245 Nursing Care of Adults

      Concepts of nursing care are applied to the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic, and palliative conditions. Human physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual responses to illness and health are emphasized together with concepts of adult health promotion. Students apply the nursing process in planning and providing care in acute care and community-based settings.

    • NURS 252 Nursing Care of Childbearing Family

      Concepts of nursing care are related to the health care of women, newborns, children, and families during the childbearing years. Wellness and illness aspects are included in selected environments.

    • NURS 321 Nutrition

      Introduction to basic principles of nutrition for optimal health throughout the life-span. Dietary management of clients with selected health conditions is emphasized. The focus is on analysis of dietary needs and the role of nutrition in health promotion and illness prevention.

    • NURS 332 Nursing Research

      Introduction to concepts of evidence-informed nursing practice, including the use of research and research findings in nursing practice.

    • NURS 351 Nursing Care and Mental Health

      Concepts of nursing care are related to mental health throughout the life cycle. Physiological, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual responses to mental illness and the promotion and restoration of mental health are the emphasis of this course. Students apply the nursing process in planning and providing care in institutional and community-based settings.

    • NURS 362 Nursing Care of Children and Families

      Concepts of nursing care are related to families managing acute and chronic conditions in home and hospital settings. Nursing process, family theory, child health, family health, and family-centred care principles are related to care to emphasize health promotion and health maintenance activities.

    • NURS 400, 401 Directed Studies in Nursing

      Admission to a directed studies course is at the sole discretion of the Dean. These courses may be used for remediation or to develop a specific area of student interest.

    • NURS 402 Transcultural Health Care

      Concepts of cultural context, sensitivity, awareness, knowledge, competence, and safety are explored in an global health setting. Health promotion and restoration are based on cultural assessment of health care systems, groups and individuals within a particular community with attention to the related historical, economic, political, religious, and geographical contexts. Specific health care challenges of the host community and existing health care projects are discussed.

    • NURS 437 Nursing Theories and Issues

      Key elements of professional nursing practice are explored through readings and discussions and applied in the development of a personal professional practice model. These key elements include theoretical and theological foundations of nursing, application of relevant theory to practice, critical analysis of pertinent nursing issues, ethical thinking and decision making, therapeutic relational aspects of client care, and responsible communication with clients, colleagues, and the public.

    • NURS 463 Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Illness

      Concepts of nursing care are examined as they relate to the complex care needs of adults recovering from surgical procedures, as well as, the needs of their families. Complex care refers to consideration of factors that influence wellness in the midst of illness, facilitate an understanding of related pathophysiology, and promote an awareness of cultural and other influences in health care. Theoretical foundation is partnered with practical application in acute care settings.

    • NURS 465 Nursing Care of Adults in Community

      Concepts of community as partner, social cultural diversity, and social justice are applied to nursing care in communities. Health promotion and restoration of health are foci of nursing care for communities and vulnerable populations, within a context of equity and global health.

    • NURS 482 Consolidation in Nursing Practice

      Concepts of nursing care are applied to the provision of acute, rehabilitative, or palliative nursing care and health promotion in acute or community placements.

    • NURS 484 Leadership in Nursing Care

      Key concepts and processes of leadership are explored as they apply to nursing and health care. Students have the opportunity to examine and develop leadership skills required in contemporary nursing practice. Exercises promote the development and application of values and philosophies of nursing leaders within a Christian worldview.

  • Highlights

    Based on our student surveys, the following highlights are:

    Christian worldview integration

    - Servant leadership, covenantal caring, transformational learning

    - Caring for patients viewed as a sacred trust


    Knowledgeable, supportive and passionate faculty

    - Role-model compassion and excellence in clinical practice

    - Engaged with cutting-edge research and scholarship


    Small class sizes & clinical groups

    - Professors get to know their students

    - Students are encouraged towards personal excellence

    - Students start clinical experience in first year


    Emphasis on social justice

    - Innovative clinical placements

    - Opportunity for specialized work with First Nations communities

    - Opportunity for international travel studies (e.g., Zambia)


    Highly employable graduates

    - Prepared for complexity of health care settings

    - Eligible to write both Canadian and American Registered Nurse licensing exams