Masters of Science Applied (Non-Thesis) Nurse Practitioner

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Our Master's of Science (Applied) - Nurse Practitioner is the program for you if you are a licensed Nurse interested in becoming a Nurse Practitioner

Please read all the information below carefully.

 

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

For ALL Applicants

  • A Bachelor's degree in Nursing comparable to the undergraduate degrees offered at the McGill University Ingram School of Nursing OR Master’s of Science in Nursing. See below the different ‘paths’ based on educational background. (IMPORTANT: this program builds on knowledge of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, students should have prior knowledge of these subjects to ensure success in the program)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in previous nursing studies.
  • An introductory statistics course (3 credits)
  • International applicants who have been licensed in another country must have worked as a registered nurse in the United States or Canada for at least one year, which will provide them with the necessary knowledge of the health care system required for advanced nursing studies.
  • 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/Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec.
  • For the required hours of work experience in Nursing please refer to the "Required Nursing Experience" section below. 

 

Compulsory Immunization program:

Like all Health Science students at McGill, Nursing applicants who are admitted are required to complete an immunization protocol by the time they enter the program.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin obtaining the required immunizations in January, as this process can take up to six months. Students who have accepted their offer of admission on Minerva must upload the completed immunization form directly to the Student Wellness Hub, by June 15th. The immunization form can be found here; for information on this program requirement, please review the Ingram School of Nursing’s Clinical requirements web page and contact the School for any questions. Students who have not completed their immunizations by the deadline will be forced to defer their admission for one year.

Required Nursing Experience

Applicants must have completed, by the application deadline, at the minimum 3360 hours of work experience (equivalent to two (2) years, full-time experience in the last 5 years) and the required work experience within the specialty as outlined in the table below.

The hours worked as a GPL (Graduate pending license)/CEPI (Candidate à l'exercice de la profession infirmière) will not be considered.

 

NP Concentration

Required Nursing Experience

 

 

 

Adult Care

 

A minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience is required by the application deadline with a minimum of one (1) year of this experience in one (1) adult care specialty setting (in-patient medicine and/or surgery, emergency department or critical care unit).

Experience in an out-patient specialty clinic (e.g., endocrinology, cardiology, nephrology, oncology) may be considered.

 

 

 

Primary Care

 

A minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience is required by the application deadline with one (1) year of this experience in a primary care setting (GMF, CLSC, CHSLD, homecare, emergency department).

 

 

Mental Health

 

A minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience by the application deadline with two (2) years of nursing experience completed in mental health settings (in-hospital or ambulatory/out-patient clinics) required by the start of the first academic term.

 

 

Neonatal

 

A minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience by the application deadline with two (2) years of nursing experience in NICU (Level 3) settings required by the start of the first academic term.

 

 

 

Pediatric

 

 

A minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience by the application deadline with two (2) years of nursing experience completed in acute care pediatric settings required by the start of the first academic term.

 

Note: A maximum of one (1) year experience in neonatal intensive care (NICU) may be considered.

 

 

Application Process

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) provides all the necessary information on how to apply to a Graduate Program at McGill University.

The graduate programs are non-thesis and, therefore, the name of a potential supervisor does not need to be provided. The Ingram School of Nursing requires applicants to provide documents that are specific to each Nurse Practitioner (NP) concentration.

What should I apply to in the system and when?

Primary Care and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (equivalent to that of McGill University)

The Primary Care and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Concentrations are comprised of two (2) degrees that are completed consecutively:

1. Master of Science Applied (M.Sc.(A)) Nurse Practitioner; Non-thesis (1st and 2nd-year of studies);

2. Graduate Diploma in Nurse Practitioner (application is completed during the Winter term of the 2nd-year of studies and begins in the Summer term of the 3rd-year of studies).

Complete one (1) application to the Fall Term:

Master of Science Applied (M.Sc.(A)) Nurse Practitioner; Non-thesis – Primary Care or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner concentration

I have a Master of Science Applied in Nursing (equivalent to that of McGill University)

The Primary Care and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Concentrations are comprised of:

- Special Student Nurse Practitioner term (Fall term of 1st-year of studies);

- Graduate Certificate Nurse Practitioner (application is completed during the Special Student term and begins in the Winter term of the 1st-year of studies);

- Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner (application is completed during the Graduate Certificate term and begins in the Summer term of the 1st -year of studies).

The graduate degrees are completed consecutively.

Complete one (1) application to the Fall Term:

  1. Special Student

For the application to the Special Student Nurse Practitioner term:

On the application select as follows:
Select: Non-degree
Term: Fall 20XX
Department: Ingram School of Nursing
Program: Exchange/Special/Visiting Grad
Area of Study: Special
Concentration: (do not select here)
Status: Part Time

Note: The system does not require Special Term applicants to submit any documents or references, therefore, candidates must advise graduate2.nursing [at] mcgill.ca that an application has been submitted. The required document checklist, as listed below, will be added manually to the candidate profile.

Referees (References): The system does not require applicants to the Special Student term to submit the names of referees, however, the referees must email their letters of recommendation directly to graduate2.nursing [at] mcgill.ca as a signed PDF document. The name of the applicant and program must be indicated in the email subject line. The letters of reference must be sent from a valid institutional or corporate account with an official letterhead; public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo will not be accepted.

Mental Health and Adult Care Nurse Practitioner

I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (equivalent to that of McGill University)

The Mental Health and Adult Care Nurse Practitioner Concentrations are comprised of two (2) degrees that are completed concurrently:

1. Master of Science Applied (M.Sc.(A)) Nurse Practitioner; Non-thesis;

2. Graduate Diploma in Nurse Practitioner.

Complete two (2) applications to the Fall Term:

  1. Master of Science Applied (M.Sc.(A)) Nurse Practitioner; Non-thesis – Mental Health or Adult Care Nurse Practitioner

AND

  1. Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner – Mental Health or Adult Care Nurse Practitioner

I have a Master of Science Applied in Nursing (equivalent to that of McGill University)

The Mental Health and Adult Care Nurse Practitioner Concentrations are comprised of two (2) degrees that are completed concurrently:

1. Graduate Certificate Nurse Practitioner;

2. Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner.

Complete two (2) applications to the Winter Term:

  1. Graduate Certificate Nurse Practitioner – Mental Health or Adult Care Nurse Practitioner

AND

  1. Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner – Mental Health or Adult Care Nurse Practitioner

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (equivalent to that of McGill University)

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Concentration is comprised of two (2) degrees that are completed consecutively:

1. Master of Science Applied (M.Sc.(A)) Nurse Practitioner; Non-thesis (1st and 2nd-year of studies);

2. Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner (application is completed during the Winter term of the 2nd-year of studies and begins in the Summer term of the 3rd-year of studies).

Complete one (1) application to the Fall Term:

  1. Master of Science Applied (M.Sc.(A)) Nurse Practitioner; Non-thesis – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

I have a Master of Science in Nursing (equivalent to that of McGill University)

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Concentration is comprised of two (2) degrees that are completed consecutively:

- Graduate Certificate Nurse Practitioner

- Graduate Diploma Nurse Practitioner (application is completed during the Winter term of the Graduate Certificate and begins in the Summer term of the 1st -year of studies).

Complete one (1) application to the Summer Term:

  1. Graduate Certificate Nurse Practitioner – Neonatal

Documentation to be submitted by ALL applicants

Applications to the Masters of Science Applied (Non-Thesis) Nurse Practitioner or the Graduate Certificate Nurse Practitioner

IMPORTANT NOTICE– The concentration field IS MANDATORY for the Ingram School of Nursing and must be entered for the applications to the Master of Science Applied in Nurse Practitioner. When completing your application, ignore the word “optional” appearing on next to the concentration field.

  • University Transcripts: upload an unofficial copy of a transcript(s), including the academic rating scheme (letter grades and corresponding numerical scale). Should an offer of admission be extended, arrangements must be made for the official transcript(s) to be sent.
  • Nurse Bachelor Assessment Form: if the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BScN) was not obtained at McGill University, the biological sciences content (biology/physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology) and the introductory statistics course equivalency to the McGill University BScN will be assessed. Complete the Nurse Bachelor Assessment Form and include the course descriptions. Upload the form in the system as one complete document in PDF format. This is not a requirement for BSc(N) or BN(I) graduates of McGill University.
  • Referees (References): when creating an applicant profile in the system, the contact information for two referees must be provided. A valid institutional or corporate email must be listed for the referees - public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo will not be accepted. Provide one academic reference and one nursing employer reference.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): include an overview of the academic and professional credentials, education, additional training, certifications, employment history, experience, presentations, publications, contributions, and significant achievements.
  • Hours in a Clinical Specialty: we require the applicant’s employer(s) to provide an official letter confirming the hours worked (for the minimum clinical hours required for admission to the NP concentration, see pre-requisites section above).
  • Licensure: applicants must provide a copy of their current (annual) professional nursing license. Current students must provide proof that they are registered with a licensing board (OIIQ registration certificate for Quebec) or proof that they have a "pending license" status. Upload the OIIQ nursing license as a screen shot (saved in PDF format) of either the current licensure as it appears on the OIIQ webpage (Vérifier le droit d'exercice | OIIQ) or an image of the current nursing license.
  • Written Work: to better understand the applicant’s interests and past experiences, responses to the NP Essay questions must be provided. Include the question at the beginning of each section. On average, essays vary between 1,000 and 4,000 words. Please be concise and ensure that the document is clearly identified with the applicant’s full name and McGill ID number.
  • CASPer: For more information, please review the "Graduate" tab on our APPLY page.

Interview: only applicants selected by the Graduate Admissions Committee will be asked for an interview. Interview dates will be set up through the application system calendar tool and are usually scheduled between March and May. Please note that you must attend the interview in person, unless otherwise specified.

Applications to the Graduate Diploma

  • University Transcripts: upload an unofficial copy of transcripts, including the academic rating scheme.
  • Referees (References): if the system requires the names and contact information of two referees, applicants can list the name of NP Program Director and the name of the Nurse Director of the concentration.
  • No other documents are required to be uploaded since applicants have already provided the required documents when applying to the MScA Nurse Practitioner; Non-thesis, or the Graduate Certificate. If other items appear on the checklist, please use the communication tool to signal this and it will be removed from the profile.

Application Deadlines

Please verify the section “What should I apply to in the system and when?” above to verify the term you are applying to, and which of the dates below applies to your case.

 

Canadian applicants:

International applicants

Fall admission

February 1

not applicable

Winter Admission for Graduate Certificate Primary Care NP and Pediatric NP October 15 not applicable

Winter Admissions for Graduate Certificate and Diploma Mental Health NP

and Adult Care NP

March 15

not applicable

Summer Admission for Graduate Certificate Neonatal NP and

Graduate Diploma – Primary Care NP, Pediatric NP, Neonatal NP
concentrations

February 15

not applicable

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