Stackable Certificate MN Program

UCalgary Nursing's Shelley Raffin Bouchal, left, Leda Stawnychko and Sandra Davidson.

First-in-Canada program offers options for Master of Nursing

Our one-year graduate certificates offer professional development, laddering options for Master of Nursing completion giving nurses and other health professionals new opportunities to enrol in graduate education.

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The graduate certificates in Advanced Nursing Practice I and II are designed to provide advanced nursing practice knowledge and practical experience for registered nurses who wish to acquire specialized skills.

The certificates will strengthen nursing professionals’ knowledge and skills that are specific to their area of practice, and will support them to integrate role dimensions that include advanced clinical skills, organizational leadership, research, education, professional development and consultation to impact patient, provider, and health system outcomes.

The certificates will appeal to a wide audience of baccalaureate-prepared nursing professionals and other professionals from health-related disciplines who want to advance their careers in their current direct practice area, who want to transition into a new direct practice area, or who want to enter more senior education, leadership or management positions.

Each specialization within both certificates will be a cohort-based, one-year, part-time program, offered via blended delivery. The teaching and learning approaches employed will involve a combination of traditional face-to-face sessions (scheduled, compressed, in person classroom time) and online content delivery and interaction (video-conferencing, webinars, and podcasts).

The delivery model will allow students who live outside of Calgary to obtain graduate education at the Faculty of Nursing while continuing to work.


Intended Stream of Study

Indicate your intended specialization on the online application form. Options are:

Applicants should indicate their first choice in specialization and an alternative choice should their first choice be full.

Entry into specializations is on a first come, first served basis, with the following exceptions:

  • those who were unable to get their first choice of specialization for the Advanced Nursing Practice Certificate I will be guaranteed it if they re-apply for the Advanced Nursing Practice Certificate II and indicate that same first-choice specialization again.

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Important Dates

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.

Important Notes on Admission

Academic Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for the graduate certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice I are equivalent to current admission requirements for master’s studies in Nursing: 

  • Normally, a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary;
  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.00 (on the University of Calgary four-point system). This is based on the last two years of post-secondary study consisting of a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units;
  • International students from around the world are eligible to apply for admission provided they meet the admission and professional licensure requirements.
  • For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, submit a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 97 (Internet-based test); IELTS score of 7.0; MELAB score of 83; PTE score of 68; or Level 3 on the International Foundations program.
Step by Step Guide to Stackable Certificate

Students who successfully complete one specialization of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice I and a second specialization of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice II will be eligible to apply for admission into the Master of Nursing Laddered Certificate Pathway (course-based) degree and will receive advanced credit for the 24 units (4 full-course equivalents, or 8 half-course equivalents) of coursework completed. Students who experience interruptions in their studies or need an alternative plan to complete their studies will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

After Admission into the Program - Required Courses

Addiction and Mental Health

  • NURS 612 - Understanding Comorbidity: Advanced Assessment, Screening, and Practice Implications
  • NURS 614 - Therapeutic Practices: Counselling, Treatment Planning, and Sustaining Recovery
  • NURS 616 - Specialized Practice Integration
  • NURS 618 - Specialized Practice Demonstration

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Contemporary Topics in Aging

  • NURS 602 Theoretical Perspectives in Aging
  • NURS 604 Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
  • NURS 606 Focused Studies in Aging
  • NURS 608 Specialized Practice Demonstration

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Innovations in Teaching and Learning

  • NURS 622 Foundational Philosophy for Teaching and Learning Across Contexts
  • NURS 624 People, Places and Relationships
  • NURS 626 Integrative Seminars: Current Trends in Teaching and Learning
  • NURS 628 Teaching and Learning Demonstration Project

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Leadership for Health System Transformation

  • NURS 660 Cultivating Personal Leadership
  • NURS 662 The Future of Nursing: The Future of Health Systems
  • NURS 664 Innovation in Health Systems
  • NURS 668 Specialized Practice Demonstration: Healthcare Grand Challenge

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Still have questions about applying? Contact the Graduate Programs Office