Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse with graduate nursing preparation and specialized nursing knowledge and expertise enabling them to respond to the health needs of a particular population. In addition to their advanced nursing practice role, NPs exercise five medical activities including prescribing medications, using invasive medical techniques or treatments, and prescribing diagnostic tests. NPs work in collaboration with physician partners to identify health issues, diagnose certain conditions and to establish care and treatment plans. 

As advanced practice nurses, NPs treat the whole person. They consider the impacts of illness on the person and the family and help to identify strengths and resources that enable optimal conditions for health and healing. NPs are also educators, health advocates and leaders. They act as consultants to the interprofessional team around complex care issues and they are involved in quality improvement and research initiatives to optimize health systems and outcomes. 

In Quebec, there are 5 Nurse Practitioner specialties. McGill's Ingram School of Nursing offers the following Nurse Practitioner specialty concentrations:

  • Primary Care 
  • Mental Health 
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatric

A Glimpse into the Role of a Nurse Practitioner

Our Nurse Practitioner Concentrations

What is the Primary Care NP Concentration?

The aim of the Primary Care Concentration is to prepare the primary health care nurse practitioner for this multifaceted role in community settings. The primary health care nurse practitioner is prepared to provide and/or collaborate in the provision of services designed to deal with the health care needs of patients of all ages and their families in a variety of primary care settings such as Family Medicine Groups (GMF), GMF-U, CLSC, long-term care facilities and patient homes. The focus is the development of expert clinical competence. The ability to function as an educator, consultant, collaborator, and care provider is essential to the development of clinical expertise.

More on the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program

What is the Mental Health NP Concentration?

The aim of the Mental Health Concentration is to provide a unique opportunity for the development of advanced practice mental health nursing skills. Students will explore areas pertaining to services offered in the first, second and third line to become familiar with several roles, encompassing one of communicator, collaborator, manager, scholar/professional advocate and leader. This will be of importance when caring for individuals experiencing mental and physical distress, with or without addictions across the lifespan.

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What is the Neonatal NP Concentration?

The aim of the Neonatal Concentration is to prepare the neonatal nurse practitioner for this multifaceted role in ambulatory, intermediate, acute and critical care. The neonatal nurse practitioner is prepared to provide and/or collaborate in the provision of services designed to deal with the health care needs of neonates and their families in a variety of settings. The focus is the development of expert clinical competence. The ability to function as an educator, consultant, collaborator, and leader is essential to the development of clinical expertise. These areas are addressed within the curriculum. In Québec, the neonatal NP role corresponds with the title Infirmière praticienne spécialisée en néonatalogie (IPSNN).

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What is the Pediatric NP Concentration?

The aim of the Pediatric Concentration is to prepare the pediatric nurse practitioner for the multifaceted role of nurse practitioner in ambulatory, intermediate, acute and critical care settings. The pediatric nurse practitioner is prepared to provide and/or collaborate in the provision of services designed to deal with the health care needs of children 0 to 18 years that have acute, complex issues requiring secondary and tertiary care provided in the associated settings. The focus is the development of expert clinical competence. The ability to function in a teaching, consultation, liaison, and managerial capacity is essential to the development of clinical expertise.

More on the Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner Program

 

What Nurse Practitioner Degree Program do I apply to?

McGill's Ingram School of Nursing offers four Nurse Practitioner concentrations.

The program combines a Master’s in Nursing degree (for candidates entering with a Bachelor of Nursing) or Graduate Certificate (for candidates entering with a Master of Nursing) and a Graduate Diploma. Upon successful completion of the Program, candidates are eligible to sit the OIIQ NP licensing exam.

For Mental Health, Pediatric, and Primary Care Concentrations:

                

For Neonatal Concentration:
*Candidates for the neonatal concentration can apply directly to the Graduate Certificate.

Approaches to Teaching & Learning

The NP Program involves a combination of teaching & learning methods. These include lectures, seminar-style discussions, clinical instruction and inquiry-based learning. Inquiry-based learning is the primary instructional method for the majority of the NP-specific courses. Inquiry-based learning is an educational method that is centered on the discussion and the learning that emanates from a clinical case. It is a method that encourages autonomous, active learning and gives students practice in tackling puzzling situations and defining their own gaps in knowledge and understanding within the context of relevant clinical cases. This approach fosters a deeper understanding and retention of the course content.

Funding

Funding is available through the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) for students enrolled in the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program. You may be eligible for up to $60,000 of funding over the course of your studies. This funding is not competitive; in other words, anyone who is enrolled in an NP program and accepts the terms and conditions of the bursary is eligible.

When you accept our offer of admission, the Ingram School of Nursing confirms your admission to the NP program to the MSSS. In parallel, you need to apply for this funding directly with the MSSS.

For additional information regarding Ministry funding for NP studies, please visit: https://publications.msss.gouv.qc.ca/msss/document-001038/

*Please keep in mind that it typically takes a few months to receive the first installment.

Important Notice for Out-of-Province and International Applicants

International and out-of-province students must therefore obtain full licensure from the OIIQ before submitting their application to the Nurse Practitioner Program.

Important Dates

Application deadline for Special and Graduate Certificate applicants

Certificate in Mental Health Certificate in Neonatal Certificate in Pediatric Certificate in Primary Care
Canadian applicants: International applicants: Canadian applicants: International applicants: Canadian applicants: International applicants: Canadian applicants: International applicants:
Fall admission as Special Student: February 1 Not applicable Summer Admission: January 15 Not applicable Fall admission as Special Student: February 1 Not applicable Fall admission as Special Student: February 1 Not applicable
Winter admission: October 15 Not applicable Not applicable Winter admission: October 15 Not applicable Winter admission: October 15 Not applicable

Application deadline to the Graduate Diploma, all concentrations

Canadian Applicants: February 15. International Applicants: Not applicable

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