Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) assume responsibility for tasks related to physical assessment, provision of clinical impressions, and treatment within legally sanctioned, pre-determined conditions that have traditionally been exclusive to medical practice. In the context of current and future manpower needs Quebec has planned for 2000 NP positions over the next 10 years (by 2025)

For a glimpse into the world of a Nurse Practitioner, check out the 'Nurse Practitioners - Contributing to a Healthier Population' video on YouTube.

If you want to hear about current students’ experience or have any other specific questions not listed on our FAQs, please contact the Graduate Nursing Student Association at ngsa.pgss [at]

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

Mental Health, Neonatology, Pediatrics, and Primary Care.

What program path is right for you?

The program you should apply to is dependant on your educational background in nursing, see on the charts below what path is right for you:


*Candidates to the Neonatology concentration apply directly to the Graduate Certificate 


Who's who in the NP Program

Teaching method

Problem-based learning is an educational format that is centered on the discussion and the learning that emanates from a clinical-based problem. It is a method that encourages independent learning and gives students practice in tackling puzzling situations and defining their own gaps in understanding within the context of relevant clinical problems, improving retention. This approach fosters a deeper understanding of the material rather than focusing on superficial coverage of content. 


- Completed a Bachelor's degree in Nursing comparable to the undergraduate degrees offered at the McGill University Ingram School of Nursing OR Masters of Science Applied in Nursing. To see which path is adequate for you based on your education background (please see “What Program path is right for you?”) (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 3.2 on a scale of 4.0 in previous nursing studies is required. 

IMPORTANT: Applicants must have completed at least 3360 hours of work experience in nursing (equivalent to 2 years full-time in the last 5 years). For Primary Care, Mental Health, and Pediatrics concentrations, you need one (1) year of experience in the related field. For the Neonatology concentration, you need two (2) years of Level 3 NICU experience.
- The hours worked as a GPL (Graduate pending license)/CEPI (Candidate à l'exercice de la profession infirmière) can be considered. An introductory statistics course (3 credits) is required prior to admission to the program.
- Neonatology Applicants must have NRP Certification 

Important Notice for Out-of-Province and International applicants

Students in the Nurse Practitioner Program 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 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.

International students must therefore obtain full licensure from the OIIQ before submitting their application to the Nurse Practitioner Program. 

Please note that in order to obtain a nursing license in Quebec, one must be proficient in the French language. For more information regarding the OIIQ licensure eligibility criteria, please contact the OIIQ at 514-935-2505.

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

Application Process

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

Important dates

  Canadian applicants International applicants
Fall admission February 1*** not applicable
Winter admission not applicable not applicable
Summer admission not applicable not applicable

*** IMPORTANT: The deadline for 2020-2021 applications has been extended to March 1, 2020

Applicants wishing to apply for Special/Exchange/Visiting must contact the Ingram School of Nursing prior to submitting their application.


Substantial funding from the Ministry of Health (MSSS) is available for students enrolled in Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs.  Depending on your educational background, you may be eligible for up to $60,000 of funding over the course of your studies.  The amount of funding depends on the number of credits taken while enrolled in an NP program. This funding is not competitive; in other words, anyone that is enrolled in an NP program and accepts the terms and conditions of the bursary will be eligible to receive it.  This funding is conditional to signing an agreement with the MSSS to work as an NP in the province of Quebec for a period of three years upon graduation. 

When you accept our offer of admission, the Ingram School of Nursing will provide your name to the MSSS in August.  In parallel, you need to apply for funding directly to the MSSS.

A number of changes have been made for financial support made to the National Directorate of Nursing and Nursing Services for NP programs of study starting in September 2017. The former Incentive Program for Implementing the Role of the Nurse Practitioner remains effective for applications for financial support from students who began their program of study prior to September 2017.

The Financial Support Framework for the Nurse Practitioner Program for programs started as of September 2017 is available in the following link:

Please keep in mind that it typically takes a few months to receive the first installment (sometime in September or October).

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