Laddered Certificate Pathway to the Master of Nursing

This program will be offered for the first time in 2021. 

The closing date for online applications for the Master of Nursing via Laddered Certificate Pathway is February 1 of each year, commencing in 2021.

Continue your progress towards obtaining a Master of Nursing degree

Students who successfully complete one specialization of the Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice I and a different specialization of the Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice II will be eligible to apply for admission into the Laddered Certificate Pathway to the Master of Nursing (course-based) degree and will receive credit for the 24 units of coursework completed. Applications must be received within two years of completion of the Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice II.

Program delivery is a blended format, which includes both face-to-face and online learning.

Admission requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ admission requirements, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of one specialization of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice I and a second specialization of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice II with a minimum GPA of 3.00. (The specialization in Advanced Nursing Practice II must be different from the specialization in Advanced Nursing Practice I);
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate half-course in research methodology;
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate half-course in statistics;
  • Evidence of active nursing registration in Alberta through the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) or active nursing registration in their province or territory of employment.

Each of the graduate certificates in Advance Nursing Practice I and II consists of 12 units (4 half course equivalents (HCEs) of coursework. The curriculum for each certificate has been designed to meet the course requirements for the Master of Nursing (MN) Laddered Certificate Pathway (course based) degree.

Applicants will be expected to provide a letter of commitment from the identified supervisor indicating willingness to provide supervision throughout the program of studies and supporting the applicant’s study plan.


Course Requirements

Successful completion of:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice I (12 units)
  2. Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice II (12 units)
  3. Plus successful completion of the following core courses (12 units):
    • NURS 692
    • NURS 694
    • NURS 696
    • NURS 698

The student’s capstone project NURS 698 must be evaluated and approved by their supervisor and one other evaluator and will then be submitted to the Associate Dean (Graduate Programs, Faculty of Nursing) for final approval.

Master of Nursing via Laddered Certificate Pathway students require a Faculty of Nursing member to commit to their supervision as a condition of admission.

Still have questions about applying? Contact the Graduate Programs Office