This program prepares students to be eligible for licensing as nurse practitioners by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, and can be pursued as a stand-alone program at the post-master’s level, or in conjunction with the Master of Nursing course-based degree. Nurse practitioners engage in the full scope of nursing practice, including medical diagnosis, ordering of diagnostic tests, and prescription of drugs. The program is designed for full-time studies over a year-and-a-half period and focuses on adult health, primarily in acute care settings.
Outcomes and next steps
Nurse practitioner, direct clinical practice, adult acute-care, health care, advance practice nursing, gerontology, ICU, nursing education, medical diagnosis, prescribing medications.
A course-based diploma in nursing is usually considered a final degree.
Degree at a glance
Full course and practicum completion
Four eight-week blocks of practicum to develop advanced skills in clinical diagnosis, patient management and more.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Nursing Program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A master’s degree, normally in nursing; successful completion of one graduate level half-course equivalent to University of Calgary Nursing 661; one equivalent to Nursing 663; and one equivalent to Nursing 665.
The practicum providers and public health authorities have determined that in order to participate in practicum it is mandatory for students to be immunized against/tested for a variety of communicable diseases. They also must be fit tested for a N95 mask. Further information is available on the Faculty of Nursing website.
Statement of intent
Documentation confirming three years' clinical experience (4,500 hours)
Evidence of active nursing registration in Alberta through CARNA—College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
A security/police clearance letter
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based) or 560 (paper-based). Our institution code is 0813
IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version)
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
For 12 months of study
For program completion in 12 months
For program completion in 12 months
General fees and tuition
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Tuition covers standard academic costs. Tuition shown is for full course completion of four courses. Domestic students pay $714 per course. International students pay $1,622 per course. The total also includes an annual fee of $714 for international and domectis students. Textbooks and other material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Funding is not available for this program.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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