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    • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Master of Nursing (MN)

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    Expected duration

    • 2 years full-time
    • 4 years part-time

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Program details

The Nurse Practitioner program, taught by an interdisciplinary faculty, provides a strong basis in physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced health assessment, community health, evidence informed practice and role development. 

Five clinical courses are designed to address the common health needs of individuals and families, including health promotion and wellness strategies, and management of episodic and stable chronic illnesses.

This degree is achieved through an innovative, course-based, non-thesis program of study, made up of 45 credit hours and more than 700 clinical hours at the advanced practice level. Of the clinical hours, 400 hours (10 weeks) are in the final clinical consolidation.

Expected duration

Full-time study: 2 years
Part-time study: 4 years

Tuition and fees

Full-time study: One year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years
Part-time study: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years

Refer to Graduate tuition and fees

The role of the nurse practitioner

  • Integrates in-depth evidence-informed knowledge of advanced nursing practice and theory, health management, health promotion, disease/injury prevention and other relevant biomedical and psychosocial theories to provide comprehensive health services with an emphasis to promote health or prevent illness, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests prescribing pharmacologic agents and performing minor invasive procedures.
  • Provides primary and consultative care to individuals or specific client groups in accordance with evidence-based knowledge and advance nursing practice.
  • Educates patient and family, provides appropriate information about diagnosis and treatment, resources in the community, and responds to inquiries.
  • Shares knowledge and expertise with patients and families and other professionals through a variety of teaching strategies.
  • Advocates for clients, the workplace and the profession.
  • Establishes and maintains respectful, collaborative, therapeutic and professional relationships.
  • Provides consultation and clinical support to peers as needed.
  • Maintains knowledge of current legislation as it pertains to nurse practitioner practice.
  • Possesses and continually acquires knowledge relevant to the professional service they provide through critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Ensures practice is guided by research-based evidence and best-practice guidelines.

Career opportunities for nurse practitioner graduates

  • Primary care clinics
  • Nursing stations in the north
  • Specialty clinics or community settings, often where nurses have worked prior to completing the Nurse Practitioner program, such as:
    • ER minor treatment area
    • Neonatal ICU
    • Cancer care
    • Cardiac sciences program
    • Mental health/addictions
    • Geriatrics
    • Instructor at a faculty or school of nursing 

Full-time study

Full-time study takes place over two years, each with three academic terms. A student is considered to be full time in the NP stream with an academic load of 24 credit hours in the first year and 12 credit hours, clinical practice, and the final clinical consolidation course in the second year.

Students admitted to the full-time option are expected to complete the program as full-time students.

Full-time program at a glance (PDF)

Part-time study

Part-time study takes place over four years, each with three academic terms. Students admitted to the part-time option must follow a specific sequence of courses, as determined by the College of Nursing.

Part-time program at a glance (PDF)

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the Nurse Practitioner program, you must have a minimum of: 

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an approved or accredited university. 
    In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a degree in another discipline may be considered, providing the applicant is a Registered Nurse (RN). For these individuals, up to an additional year of course work may be required prior to consideration for admission to the graduate program as a regular student. RPNs are not eligible for the Nurse Practitioner program.
  • Completion of a Research Methods course and an introductory Statistics course with a minimum grade of 2.5 (C+) in each course.
    It is highly recommended that Statistics be taken within the last five years and Research Methods be taken within the last eight years to ensure currency. Please check with the Graduate Program Student Advisor to determine whether the courses your have completed meet this requirement.

Applications are accepted from students currently enrolled in these two prerequisite courses, but the courses must be completed by the end of April and grades submitted no later than May 15.

  • An adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) in the last 60 credit hours of university study.
  • A minimum of two years or equivalent (3,600 hours) full-time clinical practice within the past five years.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English.
  • An interview (may be required).

The Graduate Studies Committee in the College of Nursing reviews all applications, but final approval rests with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Program admission is on a competitive basis and submission of the above requirements in no way guarantees program acceptance.

  • Non-academic admission requirements

    Successful applicants are required to submit an official Criminal Records Search, including a Vulnerable Persons Search, a Child Abuse Registry check, an Adult Abuse Registry Check, proof of WRHA PHIA, mask fit testing, a certificate to indicate successful completion of a CPR course, and required Immunizations. 

    The non-academic admission requirements are as important as the academic requirements because your offer of admission to the College is provisional until you have submitted the non-academic admission requirements.

    All documents are to be submitted to the College of Nursing by July 15.

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How to apply

The Master of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program accepts applications for the Fall Term.

The application includes several parts:

Full list of requirements

  • $100 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all academic records from courses taken at all degree-granting institutions. You do not need to provide an official transcript from the University of Manitoba. Contact the Graduate Program Student Advisor in Nursing for clarification.
  • Three letters of reference indicating the applicant’s academic and/or professional qualifications, and the ability to succeed and thrive in the program to which the person has applied.
    Referees will be asked to describe the applicant’s teaching ability (if applicable), ability to carry out advanced study and research, promise for a successful career in the field, clinical expertise (if applicable), self-directedness and any weaknesses (e.g., inability to maintain sustained effort). The referee is asked to give an assessment of the applicant’s ability in English if English is not the applicant’s first language. The referee’s basis of the general assessment is required.
  • Proof of active practicing nurse registration with the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM).
  • Proof of a minimum of two years or equivalent (3,600 hours) full-time clinical practice within the past five years.
  • A resume/curriculum vitae that includes the following:
    • past educational preparation
    • employment experience, indicating level of responsibility
    • community service including involvement in professional associations
    • awards and honours
    • research projects
    • publications
    • continuing education
    • innovation in clinical practice
    • any other supporting information
  • Statement of intent (maximum 500 words) that includes career goals and reasons for applying to the Nurse Practitioner stream, Master of Nursing Program.
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required.

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants

Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 March 1, 2022 Apply

International applicants

Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 November 1, 2021 Apply

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Contact us

Program inquiries

College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
89 Curry Place
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-7452
Toll Free: 1-800-432-1960 ext 7452 (North America)
Fax: 204-474-7682