Admission

To be considered for admission applicants must have:

   1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program in Canada, or an equivalent from an institution recognized by the University, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). 

  2. A minimum grade of B (65%) in both the undergraduate statistics course and undergraduate nursing research course.

  3. A minimum of one-year (1950 clinical hours) experience (Practicum option) or two-years (3900 clinical hours) experience (Nurse Practitioner options) as a Registered Nurse earned by the application due date. 

  4. For the Practicum option applicants must hold a practicing license and be in good standing from the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador or must be currently registered and be in good standing as a practicing nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction. Applicants from other countries who do not meet the above criteria will be assessed on an individual basis. Students in the program are expected to maintain their practicing license and remain in good standing with the appropriate regulatory body throughout their graduate program.

5. Since all clinical placements are completed at a clinical setting in Newfoundland and Labrador, applicants to the Nurse Practitioner and Graduate Diploma options must hold a practicing license and be in good standing from the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador. Applicants from outside the province or country will not be considered. Students in the program are expected to maintain their practicing licence and remain in good standing with the appropriate regulatory body throughout their graduate program.

6. If the medium of instruction of your previous degree was not exclusively English, then scores from one of the English Language Proficiency tests as outlined in the university calendar will be required.

7. In addition to requirements 1 -6 listed above, candidates seeking admission to the Graduate Diploma program must hold a Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited program in Canada, or an equivalent from an institution recognized by the University, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). 

Please note that for both the MScN (Nurse Practitioner option) and Graduate Diploma program applicants must be residents of and practicing in Newfoundland and Labrador. Out of province applicants will not be considered for the Fall 2023 intake for the Nurse Practitioner programs.

Only in exceptional circumstances and only on the recommendation of the Faculty of Nursing shall the Dean of Graduate Studies consider applicants who do not meet the admission requirements listed above. 

Application process:

The deadline for our Fall 2023 intake is February 15, 2023. Late applications will not be considered. To apply you must: 

1. Complete an online application. Note when selecting your Grad Program Route that the Practicum Option = Course Route. 

Please note that 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.

2. Provide one academic and one professional reference. Acceptable academic references include current or previous course professors, either for your undergraduate degree(s) or any post-BN college/University course(s) you have completed. Clinical educators/preceptors are not considered an appropriate academic reference.

If it has been a number of years since you attended university and/or you have not completed any post-BN courses, 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.

Acceptable professional references include current or former supervisors or managers. Colleagues (e.g., RNs or MDs in your unit) are not considered acceptable professional references.

3. Upload transcripts from all post-secondary studies, excluding those completed at Memorial University. 

4.  Complete a Graduate Nursing Form 2022, which includes a personal statement. 

5. Upload proof of clinical hours in the form of letter(s) from your employer(s) or a screenshot from your nursing regulatory body.

Please note that if your application is missing any of the above information it will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact the Faculty of Nursing at gradnursing@mun.ca.