FAQs: Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program

Why study at the McGill Ingram School of Nursing?

Because we pride ourselves on providing high quality programs 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 programs.

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 programs aim to be forward-minded and train you with knowledge and skills that we foresee you will need in future practice. In addition, we offer professional development to our graduates for newly-approved techniques and procedures.

Do you have an online option?

We do not currently have an online option.

How do I prepare for the admission interview?

The purpose of the interview is to get to know you and 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. Keep in mind that we are nice people and do not bite, we promise!

How many students do you take 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.  Generally, we admit roughly 50% of applicants.

How much funding is available for this program?

See the Funding section on the Nurse Practitioner page

When will I receive the first half of 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 in the second year of the program, after starting your practicum/stage.

Do I need specific experience to be considered for the NP program?

Yes, you need specific experience to be considered for admission. This work experience varies according to the NP specialty. 



Mental Health

2 years; at least one (1) year of psychiatric experience; the other year can be in another domain


2 years of Level 3 NICU experience


2 years; at least one (1) year of pediatric experience; the other year can be in another domain

Primary Care

2 years; at least one (1) year of primary-care experience; the other year can be in another domain

What if I do not have the 3,360 work hours required before the application deadline?

You can apply to another graduate program at the McGill Ingram School of Nursing and transfer into the NP program in your second year when you have the required hours of work experience. 

Do my work hours as a Graduate Pending License (GPL)/ Candidat à l'Exercice de la Profession Infirmière (CEPI) count?

Yes, we count hours worked as a GPL/CEPI in the 3360 required work hours.

Do I need to be able to speak French?

Yes, bilingualism is an admission criteria.  French proficiency is also a 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.  In addition, for NP courses, our exam questions are always translated. 

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

Unfortunately, no.  You must have full Quebec licensure before applying.  For more information, please contact the OIIQ at http://www.oiiq.org/contactez-nous

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

Upon application, your GPA will be converted for our review.

My GPA is lower than 3.2/4.0 scale. Now what?

You should still apply. We also consider all applicants whose GPA is between 3.0-3.2.

Do you consider online courses/degrees?

Yes, McGill can now consider online courses and degrees.

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, in a degree that is equivalent to the one that we offer.

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 top off your training.  Completion of this program option takes a little over one year in total.

Will I need to apply for each program 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’, 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 year. It is important to note however, you can only do this once and only at the beginning of your program.

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 a little over 2 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 a parental Leave of Absence (LOA).  Please contact the Student Affairs Office as soon as possible to get information on when you need to provide documentation from your physician, etc. 

Do we have to find our own practicum/stage sites?

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

Do you plan to offer the Acute Adult NP Program option?

No, this is not currently in our plans.  At McGill, we offer 4 of the 5 NP specialties: Neonatal,  Primary Care, Mental Health, and Acute Care Pediatrics.

Is there work 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 5 specialty areas, by the year 2025. The good news is that there will be more than enough employment opportunities for years to come.

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

NP licensing exams are organized by the OIIQ, usually twice a year.  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.

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

You will need to apply for equivalency in the jurisdiction where you would like to practice. However, your chances are good since Quebec programs have high requirements in terms of graduate-level training, practicum hours, etc. 

Where do primary care NPs work?

Typically, they practice in GMFs (family medicine clinics) or CLSCs (community clinics).

How much do NPs make?

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


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