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MN-Nurse Practitioner

Submitted by kathleen.local on Sun, 05/10/2015 - 10:35pm

The Master of Nursing course-based program can be taken concurrently with the post-master’s Nurse Practitioner (NP) Diploma program, commonly referred to as the MN/NP. The MN/NP program offers an adult health acute care focus.


  • Registered Nurse holding a four-year baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average based on the last 20 half course equivalents
  • Present evidence of active nursing registration in Alberta through CARNA—College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
  • Have successfully completed one undergraduate half-course in research methodology
  • Have successfully completed one undergraduate half-course in statistics


  • Two letters of reference. References should be from an academic or from someone capable of assessing the applicant’s academic and research ability, and one from someone who can attest to the applicant’s nursing practice background and expertise, normally the applicant’s supervisor or nurse manager. References written by friends, family members, colleagues, or people currently registered in a graduate degree program are not acceptable.
  • Essay/statement of intent. The application process includes an opportunity for you to consider your current preparation and future goals. This personal declaration will offer the admissions committee evidence of your knowledge, commitment, and the experience that you hold as you pursue advanced preparation in Nursing. Please address the following in a 1 - 2 page essay, which you will then upload on your student centre:
    • Describe your professional experience as a nurse to date and how this preparation has prepared you for future education in your chosen stream (direct practice, education, health systems/leadership. Clearly identify your practice/population of focus of your programs.
    • What has led you to apply for this particular graduate program?
    • What are your goals upon completion of the program?
    • Any additional information you wish to provide to the admissions committee.
  • Transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions. This includes transcripts from the institutions where the degree was awarded, from any institution where any transfer credit was received towards a program of study, or from where any independent coursework was taken.
    • Please request that official transcripts be sent to the attention of:
      Laura Thomas, Graduate Program Administrator, Faculty of Nursing, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4
  • Applicants to the MN/NP program must provide documentation from their employer confirming they have met the three years’ experience (4,500 hours) in the area of focus, which must align with our program of adult acute care.


  • Applicants will be required to indicate their intended “stream of study” on the online application form. MN/NP applicants must select the Direct Clinical Practice stream.
  • Have an interview(s) with a faculty member, if requested by the Faculty of Nursing Admissions Committee.
  • For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English submit a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (written test) or 100 (internet-based test); IELTS score of 7.0; MELAB score of 83; or Level 3 on the EAP program.


February 1 for the following September admission

Please note that all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline in order for applications to be considered complete and available for faculty to review.



Integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner Programs (MN/NP)


Reference Request & Appraisal Forms


MN/NP On-line Application




Combined Course-based Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner program

Students enrolled in the combined Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner program must take the following courses:

 NURS 627

 Academic Scholarly Writing

 1.5 units; Q(18 hours) Offered over 2 Saturdays

 NURS 629

 Evidence-Based Nursing

 1.5 units; Q(18 hours) Offered in Block Week

 NURS 605

 Philosophical Knowledge and Advanced Nursing Practice

 3 units; H(3S-0)

 NURS 611

 Theoretical Knowledge and Advanced Nursing Practice

 3 units; H(3-0)

 NURS 609

 Applied Statistics for Nursing Research

 3 units; H(3-1)

 NURS 621

 Quantitative Designs and Analysis

 3 units; H(3S-0)

 NURS 683

 Qualitative Designs and Analysis

 3 units; H(3S-0)

 NURS 633

 Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice and Practicum 1

 3 units; H(2S-1T) 8

NURS 663

 Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice

 3 units; H(3S-0)

NURS 661

Advanced Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

 3 units; H(4S-0)

NURS 665

Advanced Health Assessment

 3 units; H(3S-3)

 NURS 642

 Nurse Practitioner Practicum I and Role Integration

 6 units; F(52S-180 within 8 week block)

 NURS 644

 Nurse Practitioner Practicum II

 6 units; F(52S-180 within 8 week block)

 NURS 646

 Nurse Practitioner Practicum III

 6 units; F(52S-180 within 8 week block)

 NURS 650

 Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV

 6 units; F(16S-292 within 8 week block)


For a full description of each of these courses, please see the Graduate Programs Calendar



PLEASE NOTE: Once you received an offer of admission to the program, you will be expected to provide the following:


  • Immunization record: All graduate students will be required to meet the U of C immunization standards (Click here for the Forms page).
  • Security Clearance Letter: Alberta Health Services requires security clearance checks for all nursing students including graduate students who will be doing a practicum or research in the region.
    • Applicants should request the Police Security Clearance check no longer than 3 months prior to entering their program.
    • The Graduate Programs Office will need to receive the original document; photocopies are not acceptable. Once the Graduate Programs Office records necessary information from a security clearance letter, the original will be returned to the applicant.
    • A copy of your current CPR Certification at the Basic Rescuer or Basic Cardiac Life Support or “C” level.

PLEASE do not submit these documents until you have received an offer of admission to the program.

The future offerings of the MN/NP are contingent on the availability of funding and faculty resources. Also, please note that the MN/NP program is capped. We receive a significant number of applications from qualified students for whom we do not have space.  As part of our competitive process, applicants will be rated according to overall GPA, grades in courses relevant to the program, references, the quality of the application essay, and the number of (adult-focused) clinical hours.  Applicants are expected to enter the program with a significant level of expertise in their intended area of focus.

Applicants must show proof of having a minimum of 3 years full-time clinical practice (4,500 hours) in the area appropriate to the proposed Nurse Practitioner (NP) focus. Please note that the focus of the NP portion of the program is Adult Health Acute Care only.