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Graduate Certificate Theory programs - Nurse Master's Entry

The Graduate Certificate; Theory in Neonatology and the Graduate Certificate; Theory in Primary Care programs were developed as a stepping stone for nursing graduates with a Master's degree to acquire the necessary advanced-level knowledge in biomedical sciences in order to progress to the Graduate Diploma programs.

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate programs must hold a Master's degree in nursing that is equivalent to the one offered at the Ingram School of Nursing.  Contact the Nurse Practitioner Program Advisor (listed at the bottom of the page) in order to have your transcript assessed before you apply.

For Primary Care Nurse Practitioner applicants only: entry to the Certificate program begins as a Special Student in the Fall term in order to complete prerequisite courses (see Course of Study for list). Please contact the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Academic Advisor prior to applying.

Application process

Consult our Applying to Graduate Programs page for more information and detailed instructions regarding program-specific requirements.

Important notice for Out-of-Province and International students

Nurse Practitioner students 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 Order of Nurses of Quebec (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec - OIIQ) to Nurse Practitioner candidates that are licensed in Quebec.

International students must therefore obtain full licensure from the OIIQ before submitting their application to the Nurse Practitioner programs. Please note that in order to obtain a nursing license in Quebec, you must be proficient in the French language. For more information regarding the OIIQ licensure eligibility criteria, please contact the OIIQ.

Application deadline

Certificate in Neonatology   Certificate in Primary Care  
Canadian applicants: International applicants: Canadian applicants: International applicants

Winter admission: Sept. 30

Winter admission: Sept. 30

Fall admission as Special Student: February 1 not applicable



Winter admission: Sept. 30 not applicable

Academic Advisors

Norma Ponzoni
Academic Advisor for the
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
norma [dot] ponzoni [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Linda Morneault
Academic Advisor for the
Neonatology Nurse Practitioner Program
linda [dot] morneault [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca