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Graduate Studies Calendar 2021-2022 Program Descriptions Nursing NURS Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Diploma (PMNP)
Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Diploma (PMNP)
1. Diploma Offered
  • Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Diploma (PMNP)*

*Program is suspended and is not currently accepting applications.

A Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner (PMNP) diploma program, with an adult health acute care focus, is offered. The PMNP can be achieved as a Post-Master’s 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. Further information on the integrated MN/NP program can be found at

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) Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the master’s degree.

c) Present evidence of active nursing registration in Alberta through CARNA (College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta).

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

e) Have three years’ (full-time or equivalent) clinical experience and provide documentation from their employer confirming they have met the three years’ experience (4,500 hours).

f) Submit one clinical reference 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.


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 courses:

b) Additional requirements:

  • Mandatory participation of NP students in all activities related to practicum courses. NP students' practicum experiences may be scheduled at various hours, including evenings, nights and weekends. Practicum experiences may also extend outside the normal academic term. Normally, a student will not be permitted to withdraw from a NP practicum course in order to avoid a failing grade in that course.
  • Students will not be permitted to take Nursing 642 if their cumulative grade point average prior to commencing Nursing 642 is less than 3.00.

Note: Courses in the Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Diploma program are often scheduled outside the standard semester timelines, as permitted.

6. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Not given.

7. Time Limit

The PMNP is completed in one and a half years of full-time study.

8. Supervisory Assignments

a) Students will be assigned a permanent supervisor throughout their program of study.

b) Normally, the Faculty of Nursing supervisor for a 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

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 is not available for this program.

11. Other Information

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