Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Diploma (PMNP)

Course-based program

Program overview

This program prepares students to be eligible for licensing as nurse practitioners by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, and can be pursued as a stand-alone program at the post-master’s level, or in conjunction with the Master of Nursing course-based degree. Nurse practitioners engage in the full scope of nursing practice, including medical diagnosis, ordering of diagnostic tests, and prescription of drugs. The program is designed for full-time studies over a year-and-a-half period and focuses on adult health, primarily in acute care settings.

Completing this program

  • Practicum Courses: Four eight-week blocks of practicum to develop advanced skills in clinical diagnosis, patient management and more.


Nurse practitioner, direct clinical practice, adult acute-care, health care, advance practice nursing, gerontology, ICU, nursing education, medical diagnosis, prescribing medications.

A course-based diploma in nursing is usually considered a final degree.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

One year full-time


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

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


Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Eloise Carr

    Eloise Carr

    Accepting Inquiries
    Patient experience of pain, Patient and professional education in pain, Organizational aspects, Human and animal pain interactio - the HAPI project
  2. Catherine Laing

    Catherine Laing

    Accepting Inquiries
    Pediatric and adolescent oncology; psychosocial oncology
  3. Nicole Letourneau

    Nicole Letourneau

    Accepting Inquiries

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 master’s degree, normally in nursing; successful completion of one graduate level half-course equivalent to University of Calgary Nursing 661; one equivalent to Nursing 663; and one equivalent to Nursing 665.


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. Further information is available on the Faculty of Nursing website.

Learn more


  • Statement of intent
  • Documentation confirming three years' clinical experience (4,500 hours)
  • Evidence of active nursing registration in Alberta through CARNA—College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
  • A security/police clearance letter

Reference letter


Work samples


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:


For admission on September 1

Canadians and permanent residents: 

  • Dec. 1 application deadline (early admission)
  • Feb. 1 application deadline

International students:

  • Dec. 1 application deadline (early admission)
  • Feb. 1 application deadline

For admission on January 1

Canadians and permanent residents: 

  • Sept. 15 application deadline

International students:

  • Sept. 15 application deadline

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 2279
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT 2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Faculty of Nursing

Professional Faculties, Room 1238
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Visit the Faculty of Nursing website

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