Nursing

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Nursing

Location

Note: The Ingram School of Nursing will be moving to 680 Sherbrooke Street West in August 2017. For more information, see the School's website.
  • Ingram School of Nursing
  • Wilson Hall
  • 3506 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 2A7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4151
  • Fax: 514-398-8455
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/nursing

About Nursing

The Ingram School of Nursing is a professional School within the Faculty of Medicine that has been educating nurses since 1920. On September 10, 2012 the School was formally renamed the Ingram School of Nursing in recognition of Richard and Satoko Ingram and their exceptional support for Nursing at McGill. 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.

Recently, the Ingram School of Nursing adopted Strengths-Based Nursing (SBN) as its foundation for practice, education, and research. SBN is a culmination of an approach to nursing that has been an integral part of the McGill School of Nursing since its founding in 1920, evolving from the McGill Model of Nursing. SBN is both a philosophy as well as a value-driven approach that has as its foundational pillars person/family-centred care, empowerment, relational care, and innate and acquired healing.

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 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 was located in Wilson Hall, which housed classrooms, faculty offices, and lounges. The Nursing Learning Laboratory was located at University Hall Residence and had seven clinical beds, an ICU bed, two examination tables, and AV capacity for distance education. The School and its lab moved to 680 Sherbrooke Street West in August 2017 and occupy the 18th, 19th, and 20th floors of that building. The new space accommodates student lounges, faculty and staff offices, mid- and small-sized classrooms, and meeting rooms. 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 programs, please consult the Ingram School of Nursing's Undergraduate section.

M.Sc.A. Program and Concentrations

The Master's (Applied) in Nursing is offered in a number of formal concentrations, which are listed in the table below.

Graduate Certificates and Diplomas

Nurse applicants with a Master's degree in Nursing and with the required clinical experience are prepared for nurse practitioner roles through our Graduate Certificate and/or Diploma programs. These programs offer students the necessary biomedical skills and knowledge in either Neonatology, Pediatrics, Mental Health, or Primary Care to prepare them for the next step to their career, which is the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec) nurse practitioner licensing exam.

Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare nurses to contribute to the development of knowledge in the discipline through research and academia. Faculty members are active researchers in many areas, including telehealth, pediatric ethics, family health, psychosocial oncology, palliative care, pain, and chronic illness.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Advanced Clinical Practice (48 credits)

This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students for full-time (two-year program of study) or part-time studies (three to five years of study). The core content of the CNS concentration prepares students for advanced practice nursing roles in diverse settings and with diverse populations. Content is organized based on the McGill Model of Nursing and focuses on such areas as family intervention, collaborative practice, and working with family strengths and resources. Through clinical courses, students engage in advanced clinical assessments and interventions, and develop greater capacities to reflect purposefully and in-depth on their nursing practice. Research methods, systematic study of clinically-based nursing problems, and dissemination of knowledge relevant to clinical practice are all developed within this program of study.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Direct Entry Nursing (55 credits)

The Direct Entry Nursing concentration remains the only one of its kind in Canada. This three-year program is tailored to the university graduate with a general Arts or Science degree and no previous preparation in nursing. Candidates complete entry-to-practice preparation in nursing while also completing graduate level studies. Upon completion of the M.Sc.A. Year 2, graduates are eligible to write the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec) licensing exam. This program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Global Health (48 credits)

This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students who wish to include global health content throughout their program of study. It sets out to prepare students for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited-resource environments with a philosophy stressing the importance of understanding the inherent power dynamics, equity issues, and ethical dilemmas that arise through this work. Students spend one semester in their final year taking clinical- and project-based courses in a global health placement setting.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Global Health Direct Entry (58 credits)

The Global Health Direct Entry concentration is thus labelled for bachelor-prepared non-nurse students who wish to include global health content throughout their program of study. It sets out to prepare students for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited-resource environments, based on the belief that we have much to learn from one another. Students spend one semester taking clinical- and project-based courses in their final year in a global health placement site. This concentration is managed by the Global Health Committee of the Ingram School of Nursing.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)

This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurses and is designed to prepare them to take on this advanced practice role. Mental health nurse practitioners autonomously assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions that fall within their scope of practice, providing care to all age groups, in secondary and tertiary care settings. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner program in this specialty, which is the next step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Neonatology Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)

This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurses and is designed to prepare them to take on this advanced practice role. Neonatal nurse practitioners autonomously assess, diagnose, and treat pediatric health conditions that fall within their scope of practice, providing care to neonates and their families in intermediate, acute, and critical care neonatal settings. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner program in this specialty, which is the next step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Nursing Education (50 credits)

This program is currently closed for admissions.

This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It was developed to expose graduate-level nurses to instructional and learning theory, to better equip them to lead the movement towards more innovative and effective pedagogical approaches in training nurses working in healthcare establishments or nursing students in academic settings.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Nursing Services Administration (49 credits)

This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. Students in this concentration develop their capacity to assess the factors that affect and determine the nursing workforce. This will enable them to make strategic and effective decisions, and influence policy with regard to the planning and management of the nursing workforce.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)

This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurses and is designed to prepare them to take on this advanced practice role. Pediatric nurse practitioners autonomously assess, diagnose, and treat pediatric health conditions that fall within their scope of practice, providing care to children, ranging in age from infancy to young adulthood, in secondary and tertiary care settings. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner program in this specialty, which is the next step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)

This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurses and is designed to prepare them to take on this advanced practice role. Primary care nurse practitioners autonomously assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions that fall within their scope of practice for patients and families of all ages in primary care settings. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner program in this specialty, which is the next step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).

Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Theory in Mental Health (15 credits)

This program of study is open to graduate-prepared nurses and focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge of the biomedical sciences that is required for NP (nurse practitioner) practice. The Graduate Certificate Theory and the Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner specialty programs cannot be taken concurrently.

Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Theory in Neonatology (15 credits)

This program of study is open to graduate-prepared nurses and focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge of the biomedical sciences that is required for NP (nurse practitioner) practice. The Graduate Certificate Theory and the Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner specialty programs cannot be taken concurrently.

Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Theory in Pediatrics (15 credits)

This program of study is open to graduate-prepared nurses and focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge of the biomedical sciences that is required for NP (nurse practitioner) practice. The Graduate Certificate Theory and the Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner specialty programs cannot be taken concurrently.

Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Theory in Primary Care (15 credits)

This program of study is open to graduate-prepared nurses and focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge of the biomedical sciences that is required for NP (nurse practitioner) practice. The Graduate Certificate Theory and the Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner specialty programs cannot be taken concurrently.

Graduate Diploma (Gr. Dip.) Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)

This diploma is open to graduates of the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner M.Sc.A. or the Mental Health Graduate Certificate. In this final step of preparation for taking on the Mental Health NP (nurse practitioner) role, students have the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of psychology and the biomedical sciences through their application to clinical practice. Upon successful completion of the diploma, candidates will be eligible to write the mental health nurse practitioner licensing exam.

Graduate Diploma (Gr. Dip.) Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)

This diploma is open to graduates of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner M.Sc.A. or the Neonatal Graduate Certificate. In this final step of preparation for taking on the Neonatal NP (nurse practitioner) role, students have the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of the biomedical sciences through its application to clinical practice. Upon successful completion of the diploma, candidates will be eligible to write the neonatal nurse practitioner licensing exam.

Graduate Diploma (Gr. Dip.) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)

This diploma is open to graduates of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner M.Sc.A. or the Pediatric Graduate Certificate. In this final step of preparation for taking on the Pediatric NP (nurse practitioner) role, students have the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of the biomedical sciences through its application to clinical practice. Upon successful completion of the diploma, candidates will be eligible to write the pediatric nurse practitioner licensing exam.

Graduate Diploma (Gr. Dip.) Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)

This diploma is open to graduates of the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner M.Sc.A. or the Primary Care Graduate Certificate. In this final step of preparation for taking on the Primary Care NP (nurse practitioner) role, students have the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of the biomedical sciences through its application to clinical practice. Upon successful completion of the diploma, candidates will be eligible to write the primary care 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

This program is currently not offered.

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.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2017-2018 (last updated Jul. 17, 2017).

Nursing Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

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), require 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) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office.

  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT; 600 on the paper-based test (PBT)) with each component score no less than 20
  • IELTS: a minimum overall score of 7.5

An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if TOEFL or IELTS test results are not available.

For more information about the Language Policy at McGill University, please refer to University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Regulations > Language Policy.

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 program may complete their studies on a part-time basis (with the exception of those in Nurse Practitioner areas of study, where only the first year may be taken part-time), i.e., minimum of 3 credits per term to a maximum of five years. Applicants to the Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas should consult with their adviser concerning course load.

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 with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec upon the start of their graduate studies. Nurse applicants to the Nurse Practitioner areas of study must hold current and full licensure with the OIIQ.

International nurse applicants are required to have had experience as nurses in their country of origin and in North America.

Nurse applicants to the Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Nursing (Non-Thesis): Neonatology Nurse Practitioner (45 credits) program must have a minimum of two years' experience in neonatology in a level 3 unit.

B.A./B.Sc. Applicants to the Master's Program (Direct Entry – DE)

Applicants holding a general B.A. or B.Sc., 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 must apply to the master’s 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.

Note: For further information about the required courses in the Qualifying year of the Direct-Entry program, please see the Nursing website.

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 are required to have a minimum of 3,360 hours 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 current and full licensure from the OIIQ before submitting their application to the Neonatology, Primary Care, Mental Health, or Pediatrics 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.

All Nurse Practitioner programs deliver some courses in French, making proficiency in French a requirement for these programs as well.

Ph.D. Program

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 by August 14. Students registering late for reasons unrelated to the admission procedure are subject to the late payment fee.

Newly admitted students will receive information from the Graduate Nursing Student Affairs Office regarding any orientation sessions being scheduled for the fall. Students should contact their academic adviser for approval of complementary courses before the add/drop deadline.

Returning students are responsible for ensuring that registration is completed according to the University timetable deadlines.

Course Requirements

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.

Clinical Requirements

Please visit www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/clinical for further details. A table of these requirements and respective deadline dates is outlined on this page. The log in to the student portal to the site where you can upload your documents is also on this page.

University Success Workshop Series

Any student who is experiencing difficulty in meeting course requirements must take advantage of academic services that McGill offers. Information is available at www.mcgill.ca/firstyear/undergraduate/your-first-year/first-year-programs/workshops. Further information on services available to students is at University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Student Services and Information > Student Services – Downtown Campus.

Regulations Concerning Clinical Placement Courses

  • Students must be registered with the OIIQ 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.
  • For more information on clinical requirements, see www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/clinical.

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/graduation for further information.

Application Procedures

McGill's online application for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

For information on the application process as well as the supporting documents required in addition to the uApply online application, please visit the Nursing website, then search for your program of study.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

  • Students who have not completed their studies in North America may be asked to arrange for an interview as part of the application process.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general test results may be required in individual circumstances.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Ingram School of Nursing and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 N/A Feb. 1 Feb. 1
Fall Term:
  • Ph.D. Nursing
Sept. 15 Jan. 1 Mar. 1 Mar. 1
Winter Term:
  • M.Sc.A. Nurse Bachelor Entry, part-time studies in all concentrations (except Global Health and Nurse Practitioner) must contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator prior to applying
  • Graduate Certificate – all programs
Feb. 15 N/A Sept. 30 Sept. 30
Summer Term:
  • Graduate Diploma – all programs
May 15 N/A Jan. 15 Jan. 15

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2017-2018 (last updated Jul. 17, 2017).