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Advanced Neonatal Nursing, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
This program is specifically designed to prepare neonatal nurse practitioners. The program degree in Advanced Neonatal Nursing is offered by the McMaster University. 


The Advanced Neonatal Nursing component has been offered at McMaster University since 1986. The program has gained national and international recognition as a result of the extensive research that has been an integral part of its planning, development, and evaluation.

The Graduate Diploma is available to qualified students as an extension of the M.Sc. degree in the Nursing Program.  The Diploma is also available to qualified individuals who have successfully completed a master's degree with a clinical nursing component. Graduates are eligible to take the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner examination approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario Council for registration in the NP-Paediatrics specialty.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Theoretical Basis of Nursing Practice
  • Statistical Methods in Health Sciences Research
  • Advanced Nursing Care of High Risk Infants and Families
  • Advanced Neonatal Nursing Clinical Practice I
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Completed or currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in a clinical nursing specialty with at least a B+ standing
  • Evidence of eligibility to be registered or licensed in her/his own province/country
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in neonatal clinical care
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Two clinical letters of reference
  • Two academic letters of reference
  • Autobiographical letter
  • Original post-secondary transcripts
  • Foreign applicants whose native language is not English are required to supply evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language [e.g., TOEFL score of 92 (iBT), 580 (paper test) or 237 (computer test)]
  • Completed application form and $100.00 application fee (Canadian currency)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14230 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14230 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    14230 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14230 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
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