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MN-PHCNP Program

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.


For more information, see the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs Academic Calendar.

The Nurse Practitioner Primary Health Care Program at Queen's University is approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario ( Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for Extended Class registration as a Nurse Practitioner in Ontario. 


Queen's University

NURS 802 - Qualitative Methodology and Methods

NURS 811 - Theoretical Bases of Nursing Research

NURS 850 - Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners

NURS 856 - Advanced Health and Diagnosis I

NURS 800 - Intermediate Statistics and Analysis

NURS 803 - Intermediate Quantitative Research

NURS 850 - Pathophysiology for Nurses Practicum

NURS 857 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II

NURS 898 - Project in Evidence-based Practice




NURS 858

NURS 853 - Roles and Responsibilities




NURS 859 - Therapeutics - Primary Health Care

NURS 853 - Roles and Responsibilities



NURS 854 - Integrated Practicum




Applications for Fall 2023 are now open!

Deadline to apply: Applications for Fall 2023 are due February 1, 2023.

Applications to all graduate programs are made through the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs 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 an accredited 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); and one clinical reference (3 referees total, see Additional Required Information tab)

·         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 students 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 to or in hard copy to the Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Nursing, Queen’s University, Cataraqui Building, 92 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON Canada K7L 3N6:

  • One clinical reference (e.g. your manager or supervisor), submitted directly by the referee
  • 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)

Clinical Placements - PHCNP

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.

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. 

No, 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