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Graduate Studies Calendar 2019-2020 Program Descriptions Nursing NURS Integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner (MN/NP)
Integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner (MN/NP)
1. Degree Offered
  • Integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner (MN/NP)

The Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner (PMNP) can be achieved as a Post-Master’s Diploma program or through an integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner (MN/NP) program.

The Nurse Practitioner program or any of its courses will only be offered contingent on the availability of resources and a sufficient cohort of students.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Faculty of Nursing requires that an applicant must:

a) Be a Registered Nurse holding a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing;

b) Be eligible for active nursing registration in Alberta (registrants in the program must provide proof of active CARNA registration or equivalent each year);

c) Hold CPR Certification at the Basic Rescuer or Basic Cardiac Life Support or “C” level;

d) Have successfully completed one undergraduate course (3 units) in research methodology;

e) Have successfully completed one undergraduate course (3 units) in statistics;

f)Have three years' (full-time or equivalent) clinical experience and must provide documentation from their employer confirming they have met the three years' experience (4,500 hours);

g) Submit two references, one from someone capable of assessing the applicant's academic and research ability, normally an academic, and one from someone who can attest to the applicant's nursing practice and expertise;

h) Submit a security/police clearance letter (Alberta Health Services require security clearance checks for nursing graduate students who will be doing a practicum or research in the region);

i) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, submit a minimum TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test); IELTS score of 7.0; MELAB score of 83; PTE score of 68; or complete Tier III of the International Foundations program (werklund.ucalgary.ca/ifp) with a minimum grade of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar III, "B" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency III, and "B" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency III, and;

j) Have an interview(s) with a faculty member, if requested by the Faculty.

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.

These applicants must also provide commitment from the Health Region for practicum placement availability for the final practicum of the NP program (Nursing 650).

Any graduate student requesting transfer to the integrated MN/NP program must consult with their current supervisor prior to application.

Academic Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities

It is important for students with documented disabilities, who have met the admission criteria, to note that the Academic Accommodation Policy does not require the University to lower or substantially modify standards in order to accommodate students with disabilities. Adaptive technology and/or academic accommodations are available to facilitate learning, but they do not relieve students of their responsibilities to develop the essential skills and abilities expected of all other students.

3. Application Deadline

Deadlines for submission of complete applications are available on the Future Students website: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/nursing-master-nursingnurse-practitioner-course-based.

4. Advanced Credit

Applicants must include requests for advanced credit, accompanied by a rationale, when they apply for admission. For courses taken outside the University of Calgary, applicants must provide official transcripts and a copy of the course outline detailing the course description, objectives, assignments, readings, etc. See Advanced Credit.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies' requirements, the Faculty of Nursing requires the following:

a) Successful completion of the following core courses: Nursing 605, 611, 621, 627, 629, 633, 661, 663, 665, 683.

b) One graduate-level course (3 units) in statistics (Nursing 609).

c) Successful completion of the following core NP courses: Nursing 642, 644, 646, 650.

6. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Under special circumstances, with the consent of the Faculty, students may take undergraduate courses, normally at the senior or 500-level, for the Master of Nursing degree.

7. Time Limit

Expected completion time for full-time students in the Master of Nursing program is two years. Maximum completion time is six years for the course-based program including the MN/NP.

8. Supervisory Assignments

a) Students in any of the course-based routes of the Graduate Programs will be assigned a permanent supervisor throughout their program of study.

b) If co-supervision is sought for a Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner (MN/NP) student, the supervision for the MN component will consist of the faculty member as the supervisor, and the NP faculty member as the co-supervisor. When the student commences the first practicum in the NP component, the supervision will reverse in that the supervisor will now be the NP faculty member and the co-supervisor will be responsible for the MN comprehensive examination.

c) Normally, the Faculty of Nursing supervisor for an MN/NP or PMNP student is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Committee.

9. Required Examinations

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the program requires:

Master of Nursing (course-based) examination

A final oral examination will occur after completion of all coursework, including a presentation of the student's scholarly project. The oral examination will be scheduled after the receipt of the Nursing 634 grade and will consist of an oral defense of the project.

For the Nurse Practitioner component of the integrated MN/NP, all courses, with the exception of Nursing 650, must be completed prior to the MN comprehensive examination. Students may not proceed to Nursing 650 if they have not successfully completed their MN comprehensive examination.

The final exam in the MN/NP and the PMNP includes an experiential practice component and an oral examination.

In case of a fail in Nursing 650, a student under appeal may not proceed to the Nurse Practitioner (NP) comprehensive exam.

10. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar. Scholarship application packages will be available on the Faculty of Nursing Website prior to each competition deadline. The application deadline for internal scholarships is February 1. Please note that the deadlines for external funding applications may not coincide with the February 1 deadline.