FAQs: Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program

Why study at the McGill Ingram School of Nursing?

Because we pride ourselves on providing high quality NP concentrations that will prepare you for future practice. Our nurse and medical directors have extensive experience in their fields of expertise and are committed to supporting your education in your chosen area of study. Both of our longstanding NP concentrations (neonatal and primary care) have received full 5-year accreditation. We are student-centered and regularly ask for student feedback in order to continuously improve our NP Program.

How is the NP scope of practice (SOP) different in Quebec when compared to the rest of Canada?

SOP can differ significantly from province to province across Canada; however, with SOP restrictions opening up regularly in Quebec, our program aims to be forward-minded and ensure you have the knowledge and skills that we foresee you will need in future practice.

Do you have an online option?

We do not currently have an online option.

How do I prepare for an admission interview, if it is requested?

The purpose of the interview is to get to know you and to understand your motivations for applying to our program. We want to make sure that you are a good fit and vice versa. We would expect that you have done your research and have a good understanding of the role of the NP.

How many students do you accept per year?  Is there a cap on admissions?

There is no cap on admissions. If you are a good fit for the program, we will make space for you.

How much funding is available for this program of study?

See the Funding section on the Nurse Practitioner page.

When will I receive the first half of the funding from the Ministry of Health?

See the Funding section on the Nurse Practitioner page.

Do I need to have a signed work contract to apply to the program?

No, you do not need a signed work contract to apply to the program. You can only sign a contract of employment after starting your practicum/clinical placement.

Do I need to be able to speak French?

Yes, bilingualism is an admission criteria. French proficiency is also an OIIQ requirement for a nursing license in the province of Quebec.

I am more comfortable with French. Can I study in your program? Are all exams in English?

While English proficiency is important, it is McGill policy that all written work/assignments can be submitted in the French language.

I do not have a Quebec Nursing license. Can I apply?

Unfortunately, no. You must have full Quebec nursing licensure before applying. For more information, please contact the OIIQ.

My GPA is not on a 4.0 scale.  Now what?

Upon receiving your application, your GPA will be converted for the application review.

My GPA is lower than 3.0/4.0 scale as required for admission to the program. Now what?

You can still apply. We evaluate applicants whose GPA is below 3.0 on a case-by-case basis.

Do you consider online courses/degrees?

Yes, online courses and degrees can be considered and must be equivalent to the baccalaureate or master’s degrees offered at McGill.

What if my undergraduate or graduate degree is not in nursing?  Can I apply?

Unfortunately no. Your previous educational background has to be in nursing with a degree that is equivalent to the to the baccalaureate or master’s degrees offered at McGill.

I already have a Master’s degree in Nursing. Is it too late for me?

Absolutely not! We are unique in offering the possibility of completing a graduate certificate + graduate diploma to complete your education and training as a nurse practitioner.

Will I need to apply for each concentration option and pay the applicable application fees?

Yes, every new application comes with an application fee. If you have an undergraduate degree in nursing, you will be applying to the MScA, then eventually to the Graduate diploma, resulting in 2 application fees. If you have a graduate degree in nursing, you will start as a ‘special student’, and then apply to the Graduate certificate, then the Graduate diploma, resulting in 3 application fees.

I was admitted, but I am not able to start the program this year. What now?

You can ask for a deferral until the following academic year. It is important to note however, you can only do this once and only before the beginning of the program of study.

How long does the program take to complete?

This depends on your full/part-time status and on your previous educational level. However, if you are full-time and doing the full MScA + graduate diploma, it will take you 2.5 years to complete the program.

Can I study part-time?

Yes, this is a possibility for the first year of the program; however the second year must be completed full-time.

I just found out that I am pregnant.  What now?

Well, that is wonderful news. Congratulations! McGill University grants the possibility of parental Leave of Absence (LOA). Please contact the Graduate Student Affairs Office as soon as possible to get information on when you need to provide documentation from your physician and other information.

Do we have to find our own practicum/clinical placement sites?

No, you do not have to find your own clinical placement site. Our program has very good working relationships with our clinical partners and we have always been able to provide a quality practicum to our NP students.

Are there employment opportunities for NPs?

Yes, absolutely! Currently there are around 500 NPs in the province of Quebec. However, there is a government plan to create a total of 2,000 NP positions, in all 4 specialty areas, by the year 2025.

When are NP licensing exams scheduled? How many attempts do I have?

NP licensing exams are organized by the OIIQ. Our graduates (finishing their practicum in December) typically write their exam in May of the following year. You have 3 attempts to successfully pass this exam; however, the great majority of our graduates (83% as of 2017) passed the licensing exam during their first sitting. For information visit the OIIQ website.

Will I be able to practice out of province, in Canada or in the U.S.A.?

You will need to apply for equivalency in the jurisdiction where you would like to practice. Quebec programs have higher requirements in terms of graduate-level theory and practicum hours.

Where do NPs in primary care work?

Typically, they practice in GMFs (family medicine clinics), CLSCs (community clinics), Centres for youth protection, rural areas and detention centres.

Where do NPs in mental health work?

In the community (primary care), in hospitals (in-patient units) and in ambulatory clinics.

Where do NPs in pediatric work?

In hospitals (in-patient units, ICU) and ambulatory clinics.

Where do NPs in neonatal work?

In hospitals (NICU).

Where do NPs in adult care work?

In hospitals (in-patient units, ICU) and ambulatory or specialized clinics.

What is the starting salary of an NP?

This really depends on your previous work experience; however, the range for the NP salary is (NIVEAU 07) 65,700$ - 87,600$ (point milieu) - 113,900$ CAD per year.


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