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Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner programs

The Graduate Diploma, in either Neonatalogy or Primary Care, 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 or primary care now combine the acquired advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences to the application of this knowledge in context.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program or the Graduate Diploma Primary Care Nurse Practitioner progam, the student will be eligible to write the advanced practice licensing exam of the Order of Nurses of Quebec - Ordre des Infirmières et Infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ).

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 OIIQ to Nurse Practitioner candidates that are licensed in Quebec.

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

The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program delivers some courses in French, making proficiency in French a requirement for our program as well.

Application deadline

Diploma in Primary Care NP: Diploma in Neonatology NP:
Canadian applicants International applicants Canadian applicants International applicants
Summer admission: December 15 Summer admission: December 15 Winter admission: September 30 Winter admission: September 30

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
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
linda [dot] morneault [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca