60 months
1998 CAD/module
1766 CAD/module
Tuition fee
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The Nurse Practitioner health care program at Athabasca University prepares nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries across the lifespan in settings such as primary care offices or community health centres.


The Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner at Athabasca University prepares you to diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries in clients of all ages. You will get theoretical and clinical preparation for your advanced nursing practice.

Please note that this program does not prepare nurse practitioners to work in acute care settings or to focus on a clinical specialty.

If you are a registered nurse seeking initial nurse practitioner licensure, you should apply to this program.

Why take the Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner?

The Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner will take you to the next level in your career. You will be prepared for the future direction of health care.

Program details

The Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner is a 33-credit online graduate program. You must complete at least 18 credits through Athabasca University. The program follows a course-based route. If you wish to complete a thesis, you will need to take an additional 4 courses.

  • Your clinical practicums are completed during each of the life-stage courses.
  • All clinical practice must be completed in Canada and you must hold current registered nurse licensure in the province where you are completing your clinical practice program.
  • You must write a comprehensive examination after completing your nurse practitioner courses.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care
  • Pharmacotherapeutics and Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners
  • Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners
  • Women and Men's Health
  • Children's Health
  • Controlled Drug and Substances for NP Prescribers

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


33 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • By the application deadline, applicants for admission to the Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP) program must be registered nurses who are graduates of a 4-year Canadian (or equivalent) baccalaureate degree program in nursing from an accredited/recognized university.
  • Applicants in the MN-NP program require a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 in their final 30 credits of graduate or undergraduate study. MN-NP applicants must have recently obtained a minimum of 5,000 verified hours of full-time equivalent direct clinical practice as a registered nurse prior to application. Applicants without a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing are not eligible to apply to the MN-NP program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1998 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1998 CAD per module during 60 months.
  • National

    1766 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1766 CAD per module during 60 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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