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Master of Nursing (Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner)

About the Program
About the Program

The School of Nursing at Queen’s offers a challenging and innovative program to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to provide advanced nursing care to individuals and families in primary care settings and conduct small research projects, as well as the critical appraisal skills needed for developing the scientific basis for practice. Situated in an academic environment that embodies scholarship, graduates are well prepared for careers as leaders in clinical practice and education.


Our MN(PHCNP) program consists of coursework, clinical placements, integrated practicum, and systematic review.  In collaboration with a consortium of nine Ontario universities, you will be taught primarily through small in-person graduate seminars, clinical placements, and self-directed learning online.  You will engage in a critical examination of theory and research, with application of your knowledge and skills related to pathophysiology, health assessment, diagnostics, therapeutics and the primary health care nurse practitioner role. You will engage early and continuously in clinical practice and research, and complete the program in 2 years. Successful completion of the program allows you to apply to complete the Canadian family/all-ages nurse practitioner licensure examination.

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Deadline to apply:  February 1st. Applications will remain open until all seats are filled. 

Applications to all graduate programs are made through the School of Graduate Studies starting in September for admission the following year.


Please note, only complete applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee in the School of Nursing. 


“Our professors are always looking for opportunities for us and getting us involved in different things. I would highly recommend this program to aspiring Nursing students looking for higher education .”

Charlotte Holmgren, M.N. (PHCNP) 

Admission Requirements

·         Undergraduate university degree in nursing from a recognized university with a minimum overall average equivalent to B (calculated over the core courses of the program).

·         Two academic letters of reference (e.g. course professors in undergraduate program);

·         Undergraduate courses in research methodology and statistics;


·         Active registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario (International students cannot apply to this program unless they have active registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario in Canada)


International student cannot apply to this program unless they have active registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario in Canada.

In addition to the online application submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, the following must be completed and submitted by hard copy to the Graduate Program Coordinator in the School of Nursing, Queen’s University, Cataraqui Building, 92 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON Canada K7L 3N6:

  • One clinical reference (eg. your manager or supervisor)
  • Equivalent of two years of relevant full-time practice as a Registered Nurse within the past five years (minimum of 3640 hours). All applicants must have their employer(s) complete a "Verification of Employment Hours" form.
  • Completion of personal essay questions
  • Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Copy of Curriculum Vitae (Resume)

Collaboration With Lakehead University - PHCNP

Applicants can now apply to the MN(PHCNP) at Queen’s University and, if accepted, can take courses and complete the Queen’s program through Lakehead University. Successful applicants who wish to complete the program through Lakehead University can indicate on their application under “statement of interest” their preference and will then be able to complete the course requirements at that university.  Applications for admissions will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee in the School of Nursing at Queen’s University, and successful applicants will be enrolled as students at Queen’s University.


The MN(PHCNP) program is offered full-time over 2 years at Queen’s and at Lakehead University, the program is offered full-time over 2 years with an option of completing the program over 3 years.

Clinical Placements - PHCNP

Students at Queen’s University: Clinical placements typically occur within Kingston and communities within an hour's drive of Queen's. Our placement catchment area covers an area along the north shore of Lake Ontario from Peterborough to Smiths Falls to Brockville.

Students at Lakehead University: Clinical placements typically occur within Lakehead University’s geographical boarder (Thunder Bay and/or northwestern Ontario). This would be east to Wawa, north to Hudson’s Bay, west to the Manitoba border, and south to the U.S. border.


As students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical placements, a vehicle will be necessary. 

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply to the MN(PHCNP) program, you must be licensed and actively registered as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario. 

The MN(PHCNP) program is offered part-time over 3 years, as well as full-time over 2 years, at Lakehead University only.  The program is offered full-time over 2 years at Queen’s.

This program requires attendance at on-campus courses, most of which are organized as seminars requiring active discussion among and presentations by you and your classmates. There is an expectation that you attend and actively participate in courses, scholarly presentations and research events in the School of Nursing, within the Faculty of Health Sciences and within the University's community in general.

We encourage you to apply for external funding from professional associations, such as the RNAO Nursing Education Initiative Grant Program. You may also have the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant and/or research assistant.  For more information, see the School of Graduate Studies awards and scholarships or contact us about potential external funding.

Questions? Feel free to contact us