Nurse Practitioner concentrations: Mental Health, Neonatology, Pediatrics, Primary Care

Advanced practice nurses are being asked to take on nurse practitioners (NP) roles in which they 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, we are likely to see an increase in the demand and available positions for nurse practitioners in a number of different specialty areas - locally and nationally.

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

McGill's Ingram School of Nursing offers four Nurse Practitioner concentrations: Mental Health, Neonatology, Pediatrics, and Primary Care. The Primary Care NP concentration focuses on a wide range of acute and chronic health concerns across the life cycle; the Neonatal NP, on the care of newborns across the spectrum of complexity, from tertiary level care through the first years following birth. The course work is highly concentrated within the area of specialization.

Applications for admission are reviewed on an individual basis and the course of study is tailored on the basis of the applicant’s previous graduate studies in nursing. In some cases, students may be required to complete additional courses to meet the Québec NP certification requirements.

Applicants to the NP concentrations in the Master of Science (Applied) degree program must have completed a Bachelor's degree comparable to the undergraduate degrees offered at the McGill University Ingram School of Nursing (minimum 66 university credits, includes 12 credits in the biological sciences). A minimum GPA of 3.2 on a scale of 4.0 in previous nursing studies is required. Applicants must have completed at least 3360 hours of of work experience in a related field (2 years full-time equivalent in the last 5 years). 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.

Studies may be completed on a part-time basis, however the second year of study must be taken full-time in the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program

All nurse applicants are expected to hold full and current license registration in the province of Quebec in order to be admitted to the Nurse Practitioner concentrations.

Students who successfully complete the MSc(A) program in the Nurse Practitioner concentrations must then apply to the Graduate Diploma in either Neonatology or Primary Care. Once they have successfully completed their studies at the graduate diploma level, they will be eligible to write the advanced practice licensing exam of the OIIQ.

Application Process

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


Important Notice for Out-of-Province and International applicants

Students in the Primary Care 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 students must therefore obtain full licensure from the OIIQ before submitting their application to the Neonatology or Primary Care 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.

Important dates

Application deadline

  Canadian applicants: International applicants:
Fall admission: February 1 January 1
Winter admission not applicable not applicable
Summer admission not applicable not applicable

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

FUNDING NOTE: 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.  Half of the bursary is paid out by the MSSS at the beginning of the program and the second half is paid out when you start your practicum in the diploma program.   You do not need to apply; when you are accepted into an NP program, the Ingram School of Nursing will provide your name to the MSSS and the person responsible will contact you with further instructions.