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Nursing Certificate (Advanced Nursing Practice I and II)

Course-based program

Program overview

The graduate certificates in Advanced Nursing Practice I and II are designed to provide advanced nursing practice knowledge and practical experience for registered nurses who wish to acquire specialized skills.

The certificates will strengthen nursing professionals’ knowledge and skills that are specific to their area of practice, and will support them to integrate role dimensions that include advanced clinical skills, organizational leadership, research, education, professional development and consultation to impact patient, provider, and health system outcomes.

Each specialization within both certificates will be a cohort-based, one-year, part-time online program. The delivery model will allow students who live outside of Calgary to obtain graduate education at the Faculty of Nursing while continuing to work.

Completing this program

  • Courses: One graduate certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice is part-time and takes one year to complete. This involves taking one course each semester over the four standard semesters (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer). All students will complete a specialized practice demonstration in the fourth and final course of each of the certificate programs.


  • Leadership for Health System Transformation

  • Innovations in Teaching and Learning

  • Contemporary Topics in Aging

  • Addiction and Mental Health

  • Healthcare Innovation and Design

  • Oncology

  • Palliative and End of Life Care

  • Rural and Remote Nursing


The certificates will appeal to nursing professionals and other professionals from health-related disciplines who want to advance their careers in their current direct practice area, who want to transition into a new direct practice area, or who want to enter more senior education, leadership or management positions.

Students who successfully complete one specialization of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice I and a second specialization of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice II will be eligible to apply for admission into the Master of Nursing Laddered Certificate Pathway (course-based) degree and will receive advanced credit for the coursework completed. 

Course-based program

Each certificate consists of 12 units (four courses).

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Online delivery

Time commitment

12 months per certificate, part-time 


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing, or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree in another health profession may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.


Transcripts from ALL post-secondary: This includes transcripts from the institutions where the degree was awarded, from any institution where any transfer credit was received towards a program of study, or from where any independent coursework was taken.

Please request that official transcripts be sent to the attention of:

Faculty of Nursing - Graduate Programs
2500 University Drive NW 
Calgary AB T2N 1N4

Work Samples


Reference letter


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements


For admission on September 1:

Canadians and permanent residents:

  • Applications open Jan. 30.
  • June 30 application deadline.


International students:

  • June 30 application deadline.


To request a change in specialization:

One week prior to students starting the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice I or Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice II.

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Nursing Graduate Programs

Faculty of Nursing, Professional Faculties, Room 2260
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT 2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

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