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Graduate Studies Calendar 2021-2022 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)*

*Program is suspended and is not currently accepting applications.

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 completed one undergraduate course (3 units) in statistics with a grade of "C" or better.

e)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).

f) 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.

g) 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).

h) 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; PTE score of 68; or a CAEL overall score of 70 (no less than 70 on reading and writing sections). This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "A-" in writing courses.

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

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


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. Fit testing is only valid for two years; therefore students must present proof of fit testing at the time of expiration. Further information is available on the Faculty of Nursing website. Please note requirements may change during the program as determined by Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines. Current employment with AHS does not exempt students from complying with these requirements. Students who are not compliant with fulfilling the immunization requirements will not be allowed to undertake a clinical placement with AHS.

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:

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:

b) Successful completion of the following core NP courses:

Note: Courses in the integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner program are often scheduled outside the standard semester timelines, as permitted.

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 MN/NP program is two years. Maximum completion time is four years.

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:

Nurse Practitioner Examination

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.

11. Other Information

Each student is expected to complete the online seminar Academic Scholarly Writing within the first two weeks of the program.