- Ingram School of Nursing
- Wilson Hall
- 3506 University Street
- Montreal, QC H3A 2A7
- Telephone: 514-398-4144
- Fax: 514-398-8455
- Website: www.mcgill.ca/nursing
The Ingram School of Nursing is a professional School within the Faculty of Medicine that has been educating nurses since 1920. The School is internationally recognized for its distinctive vision, leadership in nursing, and the quality of its programs. McGill nursing graduates have earned a reputation as outstanding clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the discipline.
Over the years, the faculty of the School at McGill has worked to formulate a philosophy about the responsibilities and practice of nursing. This philosophy, known as the McGill Model of Nursing, directs the curricula at the School and emphasizes health, the family, learning and development, collaboration with clients, and working with the resources of individuals, families, and communities. Its intent is to actively promote health and well-being in people of all ages and across all situations. The McGill Model of Nursing is also central to the McGill University Health Centre's Department of Nursing.
At the graduate level, the Ingram School of Nursing offers tailored programs in advanced nursing practice that prepare our students to be leaders in their field. The learning experience at the School is geared to foster individual judgment, creativity, and initiative. Led by nationally recognized researchers, students will participate in cutting-edge programs of research related to nursing practice, education, and administration. McGill's Ingram School of Nursing is for you if you want to contribute to the knowledge base of advanced nursing practice and want to be involved actively in changing how healthcare is delivered locally, nationally, and internationally.
The School is located in Wilson Hall, which houses classrooms, computer facilities, faculty offices, and lounges. A recently renovated Nursing Learning Laboratory, located at University Hall, has seven clinical beds, an ICU bed, and AV capacity for distance education. Students registered in the School also take courses in other faculties within the University. Selected experience in nursing is provided in the McGill University Health Centre, other McGill-affiliated hospitals, and in a wide variety of health agencies in Montreal.
For information on undergraduate Nursing programs, please consult the Health Sciences Calendar available at www.mcgill.ca/study.
- Non-nurse applicants entering with a B.A. or B.Sc. (Direct-Entry Applicant) – three years full time – (for more information on the M.Sc.(A.) Direct-Entry, visit the Ingram School of Nursing website at www.mcgill.ca/nursing/program-information).
- Nurse Bachelor Entry – two years full time – (for more information on the M.Sc.(A.) Nurse Bachelor Entry, visit the Ingram School of Nursing website at www.mcgill.ca/nursing/program-information).
M.Sc.(A.) Program – Areas of study
Students entering the master's program may select between two areas of study. The clinical stream is intended to prepare students for clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioner roles in selected areas. The adjunct area is available for students wishing to plan an individual program of study in such areas as nursing administration, education, or global health.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
M.Sc.(A.) Direct-Entry and Nurse Bachelor Entry students both have access to the Clinical Nurse Specialist area of study. Students will develop their knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, engage in a systematic study of nursing problems, and disseminate knowledge relevant to clinical practice. Career opportunities include family health, cancer care, neuroscience nursing, or critical care.
Global Health Studies
This option is available to both Direct-Entry and Nurse Bachelor Entry students. This area of study provides students with global health content throughout the program. In their final year, students complete both clinical and project based components in a global health placement during one semester. Global Health prepares nurses for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited resource environments. The philosophy stresses the importance of understanding the inherent power dynamics, equity issues, and ethical dilemmas that arise.
Nursing Services Administration
Open to both Direct-Entry and Nurse Bachelor Entry students, Nursing Services Administration was developed to allow students to pursue their interest in this area of study. Nurses trained to develop the capacity to assess the factors that impact upon and determine the nursing workforce. This will enable them to make strategic and effective decisions, and influence policy change with regard to the planning and management of the nursing workforce.
The Nurse Practitioner role is new to Quebec, but has been part of North American health care for quite some time. Advanced practice nurses are being asked to take on nurse practitioner roles in which they assume responsibility for tasks related to physical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment within legally sanctioned, pre-determined conditions that have traditionally been exclusive to medical practice.
The Ingram School of Nursing offers two specialities within the Nurse Practitioner area of study: neonatology and primary care.
The Nurse Practitioner in Neonatology focuses on the care of newborns across the spectrum of complexity, from tertiary-level care through the first years following birth. The coursework is highly concentrated within the area of specialization.
The Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care assumes responsibility for physical assessment and treatment of stable patients. The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner works with patients of all ages with a variety of health concerns.
Point of entry – applicants with a B.Sc.(N.) or B.N. Degree
Nurse-applicants to the Nurse Practitioner streams of study in the master's degree program must have completed a bachelor's degree comparable to the undergraduate degrees offered at the Ingram School of Nursing (minimum 66 university credits, includes 12 credits in the biological sciences) with a minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0 in previous nursing studies. Applicants must have completed at least two years of practice in clinical fields related to the specialty area within the last five years. An introductory Statistics course (3 credits) is required prior to admission to the program.
All nurse applicants are expected to hold current registration in the province or country from which they come. Nurses who are not licensed in Quebec must obtain a special authorization for graduate nurse students from the Order of Nurses of Quebec.
Nurse applicants to the master's program may complete their studies on a part-time basis, i.e., a minimum of 6 credits per term to a maximum of four years.
Students entering with one of these undergraduate degrees will complete the nurse practitioner stream of study in the Master’s of Science (Applied) program (45 credits) and the post-master’s Graduate Diploma (30 credits) in Primary Care or the Graduate Diploma in Neonatology.
Point of entry – applicants with a master's degree in nursing
Applicants entering with a master's degree in nursing must have completed a bachelor's degree comparable to the undergraduate degrees offered at the Ingram School of Nursing (minimum 66 university credits, includes 12 credits in the biological sciences) with a minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0 in previous nursing studies. Applicants must have completed at least two years of practice in clinical fields related to the specialty area within the last five years. Applicants are expected to hold current registration in the province or country from which they come. Nurses who are not licensed in Quebec must obtain a special authorization for graduate nurse students from the Order of Nurses of Quebec. Studies may be completed on a part-time basis, i.e., a minimum of 6 credits per term to a maximum of four years.
Students entering with a master’s degree in nursing are required to complete a Graduate Certificate (15 credits) in Theory in Primary Care or Theory in Neonatology, followed by the post-master’s Graduate Diploma (30 credits) in Primary Care or the Graduate Diploma in Neonatology.
N.B. Depending on the nature of courses previously completed in their master’s degree, students will register first as Special Students and complete 6–12 additional credits from the list below to prepare for entry to the Graduate Certificate programs.
|Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) (58 credits)|
|The objective of this program is to prepare specialists in nursing to be able to participate in the development, implementation, and management of services in all domains of health care. Opportunity is provided for the advanced clinical study of nursing, and for incorporating research and evaluation methods in the investigation of nursing issues.|
|Graduate Certificate; Theory in Neonatology (15 credits)|
|This graduate certificate prepares students with completed graduate studies, comparable to the McGill Master of Science (Applied) Nursing program, and experience in neonatology to continue their studies in the Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. The program of study focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences in the context of the nurse practitioner role. The Graduate Certificate Theory in Neonatology and the Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner cannot be taken concurrently.|
|Graduate Certificate; Theory in Primary Care (15 credits)|
|This graduate certificate prepares students with completed graduate studies, comparable to the McGill Master of Science (Applied) Nursing program, and experience in primary care to continue their studies in the Graduate Diploma Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The program of study focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences in the context of the nurse practitioner role. The Graduate Certificate Theory in Primary Care and the Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner cannot be taken concurrently.|
|Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)|
|This diploma is the final step in the student's preparation to assume the new role as nurse practitioner. Students with completed graduate studies in the discipline and experience in neonatology now combine the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences to the application of this knowledge in context. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, candidates are eligible to write the nurse practitioner licensing exam.|
|Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)|
|This diploma is the final step in the student's preparation to assume the new role as nurse practitioner. Students with completed graduate studies in the discipline and experience in primary care now combine the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences to the application of this knowledge in context. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, candidates are eligible to write the nurse practitioner licensing exam.|
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing|
|The Ingram School of Nursing of McGill University and the Faculté des sciences infirmières of the Université de Montréal offer a joint doctorate program leading to a Ph.D. in Nursing. This program is offered in English at McGill. The program is designed to train nurse scientists who will make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the discipline of nursing and assume a leadership role both in the profession and in the health care system.|
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing — Psychosocial Oncology|
|A cross-disciplinary option in Psychosocial Oncology (PSOO) is offered in collaboration with the Departments of Oncology and Psychology and the Schools of Nursing and Social Work. This option is open to doctoral students in the Ingram School of Nursing and in the Department of Psychology who are interested in broadening their knowledge of psychosocial issues in oncology.|
Nursing Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
Revision, October 2012. Start of revision.
Proficiency in English
The language of instruction at McGill University is English. Students must write term papers, examinations, and theses in English or in French. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – www.ets.org/toefl) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems – www.ielts.org) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available. TOEFL exam requirements: a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 with each component score no less than 20 (Internet-based). IELTS exam requirements: a minimum overall score of 7.5 is required.
For information about the Language Policy at McGill University, please refer to Language Policy in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies University Regulations and Resources publication available at www.mcgill.ca/study.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general test results may be required in individual circumstances.
Students who have not completed their studies in North America may be asked to arrange for an interview as part of the application process.
Master's, Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Diploma Programs
Nurse applicants to the master’s, certificate/diploma programs may complete their studies on a part-time basis, i.e., minimum of 3 credits per term to a maximum of five years.
All nurse applicants are expected to hold current registration in the province or country from which they come. Nurses who are not licensed in Quebec must be registered (immatriculaté(e)) with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec upon the start of their graduate studies.
International nurse applicants are required to have had experience as nurses in their country of origin and in North America.
B.A./B.Sc. Applicants to the Master's Program
Applicants holding a general B.Sc. or B.A., including a number of prerequisite courses, may be admitted to a Qualifying year. A minimum CGPA (cumulative grade point average) of 3.0 (3.2 is strongly preferred) on a scale of 4.0 is required in order to be considered for entry. Upon successful completion of the Qualifying year, candidates apply to the master’s program. Persons prepared in another professional discipline or in nursing are not eligible for this program.
Direct-Entry applicants must complete their Qualifying year and the master’s program of study on a full-time basis, i.e., a total of three years. The School considers admissions to this program for the Fall term only.
Nurse Applicants (Nurse Bachelor's Entry – NBE) to the Master's Program
Applicants for the master's degree must have completed a bachelor's degree in nursing with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. This preparation must be comparable to that offered in the bachelor's in nursing programs at McGill, which is a minimum of 66 university credits including 12 credits in the biological sciences. Applicants must also have completed an Introductory Statistics course (3 credits) prior to entry. Prospective applicants whose undergraduate degree differs from the McGill degree are encouraged to contact the Ingram School of Nursing to have the eligibility of their degree assessed. Experience in nursing is strongly recommended.
Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas in Nurse Practitioner
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing comparable to McGill (the bachelor program must have a minimum of 66 credits including 12 credits in the biological sciences) with a minimum CGPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale required. Prior to entry, applicants should have a minimum of two years of experience in Canada in the specialty area over the previous five years.
Students in the Nurse Practitioner program are required to hold a "carte de stage" allowing them to participate in the required clinical practicum at the end of the second year of the program. The "carte de stage" is granted by the Quebec Order of Nurses (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec – OIIQ) to Nurse Practitioner candidates that are licensed in Quebec.
International students must therefore obtain licensure from the OIIQ before submitting their application to the Neonatology or Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. Please note that in order to obtain a nursing licence in Quebec, one must be proficient in the French language. For more information regarding the OIIQ licensure eligibility criteria, please contact the OIIQ at 514-935-2505.
The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program delivers some courses in French, making proficiency in French a requirement for this program as well.
Applicants admitted to the doctoral program through McGill University must have completed master’s-level studies with either their undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing comparable to McGill. Applicants must have a CGPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 or a B+ standing. Highly qualified nurse bachelor's entry students enrolled in the M.Sc.(A.) in the nursing program may be accepted into the Ph.D. program provided they meet its standards.
The School considers admissions to the doctoral program for the Fall term only. The nursing courses in the doctoral program are offered every two years and incoming students may begin with Schedule A or Schedule B (see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing for details) depending upon their admission year.
Registration and Regulations
Official registration through Minerva must be completed prior to the Orientation Session in August. Students registering late for reasons unrelated to the admission procedure are subject to the late payment fee.
New students will be notified by the Ingram School of Nursing regarding the Advising/Orientation session held at the end of August. Information related to the selection of the elective courses will also be provided by the Ingram School of Nursing.
Returning students are responsible for ensuring that registration is completed according to the University timetable deadlines.
Students are provided with the course objectives, requirements, and methods of evaluation at the beginning of each course. Students will not be permitted to write an examination in any course unless they have fulfilled the requirements, including attendance.
O.I.I.Q. Registration or Proof of Licensure
Please visit www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/clinical for further details.
Vaccination/Immunization and Mask-Fitting Requirements
New students in the Ingram School of Nursing must refer to the Vaccination Requirements outlined in the General University Information and Regulations in the Health Sciences Calendar. A copy of the immunization form outlining requirements can be found at www.mcgill.ca/studenthealth/forms. Annual flu vaccination is strongly recommended to all health science students. Entry into the McGill University Teaching Hospital Network is dependent on having met the immunization requirements. All students must have immunizations completed (or in process for Hepatitis B) and mask fitting done by the start of clinical placement in September.
CPR and First Aid Requirements
Valid First Aid and CPR Certification Health Care Provider (HCP) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) is required no later than September 15th for all graduate nursing students except for those in the Ph.D. program. Students are responsible for maintaining this certification up-to-date throughout their program of study.
Achievement Builders – Student Services
Any student who is experiencing difficulty in meeting course requirements must take advantage of the Achievement Builders program offered through Student Services. Information is available at: www.mcgill.ca/firstyear/studentlife/workshops1.
Regulations Concerning Clinical Placement Courses
- Students must be registered with the O.I.I.Q. before they can have access to clinical placements. Students who have not completed the registration procedure cannot commence clinical studies.
- Students must have met the vaccination/immunization requirements prior to commencing clinical studies in September.
- Students are required to purchase equipment such as a stethoscope and physical-assessment equipment. Information is provided at registration or within specific courses.
- Students are expected to demonstrate professional behaviour at all times. The Code of Ethics for Nurses and the McGill University Code of Student Conduct (as outlined in the Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities) provide guidelines. Professional behaviour is expected in relation to classmates, teachers, patients, and the institutions within which studies take place.
- In any formal documentation, students must identify themselves as a McGill Nursing Student with the respective year of study noted.
- Name badges must be worn at all times in clinical studies. These are ordered in the Fall semester of the first year of studies and the cost is charged directly to the student's fee account. Name badges are ordered through the Ingram School of Nursing and students will be required to purchase two sets of name badges in early Fall prior to starting clinical placement. Students must comply with the uniform policy during clinical placements.
- Students must have a photo I.D. taken at the MUHC for their clinical placements there.
- Attendance in clinical courses is mandatory and absences must be discussed with the instructor. Students with repeat absences may be asked to defer clinical studies if progress in the clinical course is compromised.
- Students whose performance in clinical studies does not meet the course objectives will be informed in writing and a learning plan will be developed. Students whose performance is below expectations or who are unsafe in clinical studies may be required to withdraw from the course at any time.
- Students whose academic performance is below expectation or considered to be incompetent or unsafe in clinical studies can be required to withdraw from the course at any time—in such cases the student will receive a grade of WF or F.
- While an effort is made to place students within reasonable travelling distance for clinical studies, each student must budget a sum of money to travel to and from a patient home and clinical institutions.
- Clinical courses that are offered during the Summer session may require that students study during the day or evening.
- Clinical agencies may require students entering their facility to undergo a Criminal Reference Check prior to being granted permission to enter their facility.
Requirements for Licensure
Following completion of a first-level program in nursing, graduates must obtain licensure from the professional organization in the province or state in which they complete their studies. Visit www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/licensure for further information.
McGill's online application for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.
See Application Procedures (for All Admissions Starting Summer 2013) for detailed application procedures.
For information on the application process as well as the supporting documents required in addition to the Minerva online application, please visit our Nursing website at www.mcgill.ca/nursing/program-information then select the program of study applicable to you.
Dates for Guaranteed Consideration
|Fall: Feb. 15||Fall: Jan. 15||Fall: Same as Canadian/International|
|Winter: N/A (except Nurse Bachelor's Entry M.Sc. (A) program only)||Winter: N/A||Winter: Same as Canadian/International|
|Summer: N/A||Summer: N/A||Summer: N/A|
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