Frequently Asked Questions

I've completed several post-secondary courses at another institution since graduating with my BN. If I am accepted into the MScN program can they count towards my credits?

As per Memorial University's policy only a maximum of two courses can be used as transfer credits in the MScN program. Courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean (Graduate Programs) to ensure they meet the requirements. There are no guarantees that courses taken at another institution can be used as transfer credits. 

What is the residence requirement for the MScN program?

Residency is defined by registration of a graduate student and participation in a community of learners and instructors. Participating in on-line discussions is required to meet the School of Graduate Studies' residency requirement. You do not have to come to St. John's, Newfoundland to meet the residency requirement for the practicum option.  For the NP option you are required to come to St. John's 3 times throughout the program for labs, clinical skills practice, and testing. Each visit will be for approximately 1 week. All costs associated with these visits (e.g., travel and accommodation) are the responsibility of the student.

I applied for the MScN - NP program but I live in another province. How will my clinical placements be arranged?

The Nurse Practitioner Coordinator is responsible for organizing clinical placements for all NP students, regardless of their place of residence. You are not required to come to St. John's for your clinical placements.

Is it possible to enroll as an unclassified student and take a course(s) before starting the Master's program?

We are no longer able to accept students into MScN courses until they are admitted into the program.

I graduated with my BN more than five years ago. Am I required to re-do my statistics course prior to applying to the MScN program?

No. There is no time limit on when you completed your statistics course to meet the requirements for the MScN program, provided you received a final grade of at least a B (65%). 

What's the difference between full-time and part-time status?

A full time or part-time status does not depend on the number of courses taken in a term or a year. A full-time graduate student is one who registers as such, devotes full time to the academic program and may not commit more than 24 hours a week to matters other than the degree program, e.g., working, including teaching assistant or research assistant duties. A part-time graduate student is one who is registered for the duration of a semester and is not classified as full-time. Only full-time students are eligible for University Fellowship funding if conducting research. The fee schedule per term varies according to status, but the overall costs of the program are the same.

What is the cost of the MScN program?

Please go to the following webpage to obtain this information:

What are the workload requirements in the MScN program?

Graduate studies are demanding and require a commitment and good organizational skills to manage the workload involved. While courses are online and thus scheduling of required activities is flexible within any given week, students are still expected to devote 12-15 hours per week per course (not including papers or extra studying for exams). This is the equivalent of 3 hours of classes per week, and 3 hours of study/homework for each hour of class, which is the standard recommendation for on-campus courses.

I graduated from my BN quite a while ago and I’m unable to get an academic reference for my application. How should I proceed?

If it has been a number of years since you attended university, your academic referee could be someone who taught you continuing education courses since you completed your BN. If this isn’t an option, you can find a second professional reference that can speak to your critical thinking skills, writing skills, analysis and application of evidence into practice, and ability to learn complex material. This referee should have this as the focus, rather than clinical skills.

I've applied to the MScN program practicum option with plans to transfer to the NP option. How can I do this?

Applicants are strongly discouraged from applying to the practicum option with hopes of transferring to the nurse practitioner option as requests for transfers are very rarely granted as space in the NP option is limited. Students who are interested in the NP option should apply to the NP option.

If you do plan on applying for a transfer you are eligible to do so only when you have completed all six core courses (N6012, N6250, N6011, N6221, N6013, N6260). After you have completed these courses you must apply to by February 15th to be considered for a transfer for the following September. As part of your request for a transfer, you must also submit one new clinical reference and write a personal statement, as well as meet the requirement of 3900 clinical hours. Priority is given to students who entered the NP option and therefore there are very limited opportunities for transfer.


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