Stackable Certificate MN Program FAQs

We appreciate your questions! Here you’ll find answers regarding the program, areas of study/specializations, and other important topics. 

If you have a question that is not answered here, please send it to our Graduate Programs Office by email at or phone (403) 220-6241.

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.

No minimum number of practice hours are required.

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

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission to graduate program. English language proficiency is achieved by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based test);
  • IELTS score of 7.0; MELAB score of 83;
  • Level 3 on the International Foundations program with a minimum grade of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar III, "B" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency III, and "B" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency III.

References are not required for applying to complete a certificate program. Applications for 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 to all Faculty of Nursing graduate programs must be submitted online using the Graduate Studies Web Application. 

If you’re ready to apply, direct 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.

Mail or courier them directly to: Laura Thomas, Coordinator, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Nursing, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4


Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application as an interim placeholder for evaluation purposes; however, official transcripts must be submitted and received by Laura Thomas, Coordinator, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Nursing by the deadline date noted for each degree to which an application is being made.

All applicants will be notified by email of their admission and you can also 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 us at to make the formal request.

Applicants are asked indicate their first choice in area of 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.

Yes, you can apply to take two specializations at once. Please be advised, however, that entry into specializations is on a first come, first served basis (see above.)

For domestic students

Each course for domestic students is CDN $1,850 and each certificate has 4 courses for a total of $7,400 in tuition per certificate. There are also some general UCalgary fees. Details regarding tuition and general fees can be found at this link.

For international students

Each course for international students is CDN $2,500 and each certificate has 4 courses for a total of CDN $10,000 in tuition per certificate. There are also some general UCalgary fees. Details regarding tuition and general fees can be found at this link.

Funding is not normally available for students registered in part-time programs. Both the Stackable Certificates and the MN through Laddered Pathway are part-time programs.

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

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.

It’s important that you read the course descriptions very carefully to determine which type of delivery will be used and so you can plan your schedule accordingly.

University of Calgary Information Technology (IT) provides support for D2L users. Email the IT Support Centre at or call 403.220.5555, Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm MST. 

Faculty of Nursing online support for students and instructors with issues related to Desire2Learn and Adobe Connect is also provided. Contact the Stackable Certificate technology support team by emailing to