Graduate Certificate FAQs

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Graduate Certificate Program

Applicants who are interested in the graduate programs with the Faculty of Nursing should contact the Graduate Programs Office prior to applying. In particular, we encourage international applicants to reach out to learn more. Please email nursgrad@ucalgary.ca

The GPA is calculated on the last two years of full-time study or the last 20 half course equivalents of the bachelor’s degree.

A minimum number of practice hours are not required.

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary.

For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English submit a minimum:

  • TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test);
  • IELTS score of 7.0;
  • PTE score of 68; or
  • CAEL overall score of 70 (no less than 70 on reading and writing sections).
  • This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate (https://esl.ucalgary.ca/programs/academic-communication-certificate) with a minimum grade of "A-" in writing courses.

Once admitted into the Advanced Nursing Practice I program, does it mean I am automatically enrolled in the Advanced Nursing Practice II Master of Nursing Certificate?
 
No, Advanced Nursing Practice I, Advanced Nursing Practice II, and Master of Nursing Course-based are all stand-alone programs. Students need to apply for Graduation at the end of each program. When you complete Advanced Nursing Practice I, you need to meet the academic requirements to be eligible to apply for Advanced Nursing Practice II.

Students who successfully complete one specialization of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice I, a second specialization of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice II, and meet the academic requirements will be eligible to apply for admission into the Master of Nursing course based program.

The application process is competitive and acceptance is not automatic.

 

References are not required for applying to complete a certificate program.

Admission to the MN laddered pathway requires an academic reference and a clinical reference.

We will accept late documents only within a short timeframe. You must notify the Graduate Programs Office of your intentions, otherwise your application will be closed.

 

Applications must be submitted online using the Graduate Studies Web Application. 

Access to the online application can be found near the bottom of the Stackable Certificate MN Program information page, under “I’m ready to apply.”

Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (including 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) The transcript must be received by the Graduate Program Office in a sealed envelope from the originating institution with its logo on it. Applicants must not open the envelope or it will be deemed unofficial.

Due to the COVID pandemic,

Electronic transcripts are now being accepted, please forward to:

gradtranscripts@ucalgary.ca & nursgrad@ucalgary.ca

Official hard copy transcripts can be sent to the attention of:

Faculty of Graduate Studies
University of Calgary ES 1010
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Canada

 

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application as an interim placeholder for evaluation purposes.

Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (including 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) The transcript must be received by the Graduate Program Office in a sealed envelope from the originating institution with its logo on it. Applicants must not open the envelope or it will be deemed unofficial.

Due to the COVID pandemic,

Electronic transcripts are now being accepted, please forward to:

gradtranscripts@ucalgary.ca & nursgrad@ucalgary.ca

Official hard copy transcripts can be sent to the attention of:

Faculty of Graduate Studies
University of Calgary ES 1010
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Canada

Applicants will be notified by email of their admission. 

Check your status on myUCalgary Student Centre.

Admission can be deferred up to one year with the permission of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs at the Faculty of Nursing.

Please contact Graduate Programs Office - nursgrad@ucalgary.ca

Applicants are asked indicate their first choice in area of specialization and an alternative choice should their first choice be full.

Enrollment 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.

Students are only allowed to take one specialization at a time.

Enrollment into specializations is on a first come, first served basis (see above.)

Graduate Certificates and the MN Laddered Pathway are part-time programs

A few scholarships are now available to part-time students registered in the Graduate Certificate program. Contact a program specialist for more details.   nursgrad@ucalgary.ca

 

One graduate certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice is part-time and takes one year to complete. This is one course each semester over the four standard semesters (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer.)

During the COVID19 pandemic - ALL CLASSES are ONLINE......until further notice. 

 

Regular Term Classroom delivery varies. It’s important you read the course descriptions to determine which type of delivery will be used to plan your schedule accordingly.

Online (web-based) courses occur 100 per cent through online environments. At UCalgary Nursing, our online courses are delivered through a learning management system called Desire2Learn (D2L.) There are usually both synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous (time-independent) online components to these types of courses.

Face-to-face courses occur mostly in class and on campus. Some face-to-face courses will still use D2L to distribute course materials, communicate with the class, etc.

Blended courses have both in-class (face-to-face) and out-of-class (online) learning. You may be required to come to campus at specific times during the semester, but only for short periods. Usually the majority of the course occurs online.

 

University of Calgary Information Technology (IT) provides support for D2L users.

Faculty of Nursing online support for students and instructors with issues related to Desire2Learn.

  • Technology Integrated Learning Team (TILT), Faculty of Nursing | tilt@ucalgary.ca