Program

Applications for the Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate and the Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner are due by June 15th and documents must be submitted by June 30th. For all other programs, applications are due by February 1st and documents are due by February 15th.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.N.2 years
M.N. - Educational/Leadership2 years
NP - Nurse Practitioner2 years
Ph.D.4 years
P.G.D.S.2 year

Learn Where YOU Live. The College of Nursing uses a distributed learning approach, enabling students to learn where they live (except the Ph.D. program). We also have campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Courses are distributed using a variety of flexible and innovative methods, including video and web conferencing, blackboard online and lecture capture. With four programs to choose from and the largest cluster of health science disciplines in Canada, the University of Saskatchewan is a great place to take your practice to the next level.

Master of Nursing

We offer both a course based and thesis based Masters program, both delivered by distance learning. Both programs prepares students for leadership roles in health care or education fields as well as for further study at the doctoral level. These programs can be completed in a single year or part-time within five years.

Master of Nursing - Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner

We offer Registered Nurses an opportunity to pursue a Master of Nursing Degree, with an advanced clinical practice focus. Students are required to complete 39 credit units of study, as well as a minimum of 720 practicum hours. Courses are designed so students can complete them within five consecutive terms or part-time over three years. Graduates will be able to apply to write the Canadian Nurses Association Practitioner Exam through application to provincial regulatory bodies.

Post Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate

This program allows registered nurses who already have a Master of Nursing degree an opportunity to pursue a Nurse Practitioner certificate. Students are required to complete 30 credit units of study and a minimum of 720 practicum hours. Courses are designed so students can complete them within five consecutive terms or part-time over three years.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) program prepares nurse scholars to become leaders that advance nursing as an academic, research and practice discipline. During this program, doctoral students will participate in critical appraisal, knowledge generation, research synthesis and knowledge transfer. As graduates, these nurse scientists will contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities with recognition of their diversities, vulnerabilities and their environments for health and care.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Mary Ellen AndrewsAdvanced practice nursing, RN (Nurse Practitioners), Rural & remote nursing, Vulnerable populations, Health education
June AnonsonNursing Leadership, Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations
Katherine AshPoverty-related health issues, Chronic illness, Disability, Aging, Interprofessional collaborations, Interprofessional collaborative practice for students
Jill BallyPediatric Nursing, Family centred nursing care, Pediatric palliative care, Hope, Nursing education
Sandra BassendowskiScholarship of teaching, Technology, History of nursing education, International education
Lois BerryDiversity, Policy development, Health system quality, Rural & remote health & nursing education, Leadership, Quality in nursing education
Hope BilinskiInterprofessional Education, Rural health, Children's health, Obesity, Health behaviours, Health promotion
Angela BowenWomen's & maternal mental health
Carol Ann BullinRemote access technology, Educator preparation
Lorna ButlerUniversity of Saskatchewan: Associate Member College of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba: Adjunct (Honorary) School of Nursing, Dalhousie University: Adjunct (Honorary) Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University : Affiliate Member Faculty of Medicine, Department of Urology
Theresa Diane CampbellIntegration of Advanced Practice Nurses into the Healthcare System, Maternal / Child Community Health, Vulnerable Populations
Barbara DavisonProstate cancer, Treatment decision-making, Survivorship, Quality of life, Patient-physician communication
Marie Dietrich LeurerPublic health nursing education and practice, Early childhood, Vulnerable populations, Healthy public policy, Knowledge translation
Linda FergusonPreceptorship, Mentorship, Nursing education research, Workplace learning, Clinical education
Susan Fowler-KerryPediatric Nursing, Health Policy, Pediatric palliative care, Pediatric Pain, Community Development, Interprofessional, International Health
Holly GrahamIndigenous mental health & well-being, Trauma & posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Mental health & well-being
Lorraine HoltslanderPalliative care, Family caregivers, Bereavement, Nursing interventions, Teaching & learning
Lynn JansenHome care, Aging, Social interaction knowledge translation, Global Health Strategies, Client and Family-Centred Care
Arlene Kent-WilkinsonMentally disordered offenders, Aboriginal health education, Forensic nursing education, International collaborations and policies, Mental health
Gerri Lasiuk
Janet Luimes
Patricia Malloy
Sithokozile MaposaWomen's health, Sexual awareness, HIV/AIDS prevention, Community-based health disparities, Nursing in a global context
Wanda MartinPublic health systems research, Food security, Health equity, Complex adaptive systems
Janet McCabeDisability, Engagement in health & health decisions, Nursing work, Abjection, Pediatrics
Brenda Mishak
Barbara MurrayAdolescent mental health, Children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, Sexual health education, Self-harm and suicidal behaviour
Marcella OgenchukPediatric health, Alcohol prevention education
Shelley PeacockDementia, Family caregiving, Older adults
Kelly PenzNursing work life balance, Psychosocial wellness of health care professionals, Palliative & end of life care, Work satisfaction / Quality workplaces, Rural & remote nursing practice
Cindy Peternelj-TaylorForensic mental nursing, Professional role development, Ethical issues
Pammla PetruckaVulnerable populations, Global health, Indigenous Peoples' health, Maternal / child health, Youth/Street youth wellness
Louise RacineImmigrant and refugee health across the lifespan, Cultural safety and marginalized populations, Family caregiving, Health care services, Nursing philosophy
Donna RennieRespiratory epidemiology, Rural nursing, Rural health, Asthma education
Tracie Risling
Kathleen Rodger
Noelle RohatinskyHealth systems research, Health human resources in rural workplaces, Employee recruitment and retention, Workplace learning including mentorship of employees, New nurse transition
Karen SemchukOccupational & environmental epidemiology, Parkinson's disease
R. Anne SpringerThe Ethics of Pharmaceutical Industry Presence and Influence in Healthcare Research and Practice, Nursing's Relationship with the Pharmaceutical Industry, The influence of Pharmaceutical Industry promotion on professional practice, The Social Construction of Knowledge, Subjectivation and the Organization of Nursing Work, Informed Clinician and Patient Decision Making
Shelley SpurrAdolescent health, Wellness, Holistic, Body image, Media
Norma StewartDementia Care, Rural Nursing
Sonia UdodLeadership, Work environments, Nurse empowerment, Nurse migration, Organization management/Health care delivery design, Emotional intelligence, Distributed learning, Critical social approaches
Helen VandenbergHospital history, Nursing history, Culture theorizing, Cultural care theory in nursing education, Critical social theory
Philip WoodsForensic mental health care, Psychiatric and mental health nursing, Risk assessment and management, Violence prediction

Tuition and funding

Funding

There are excellent funding support systems, such as financial assistant programs and specific graduate level scholarships and bursaries available for students in College of Nursing graduate programs.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Course based program

Students in course based programs pay tuition for each class they take. Every class is assigned a number of credit units (usually three) which determines the cost. If a student is not enrolled in any classes for a term, they will need to register in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that is 3 credits to stay in their program.

P.G.D. students do not need to register in the Maintenance of Status course as long as they take a single class every academic year.

Canadian International
Cost per credit unit $210.10 $315.15
Cost for a three credit unit class $630.30 $945.45
Maintenance of Status course $630.30 $945.45

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Nursing, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Current registration as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse
  • The equivalent of three credit units in each of Statistics and Research Methods at the undergraduate level
  • A Bachelor's degree in Nursing, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • The equivalent of three credit units in each of physical assessment, pharmacology, physiology, statistics, and research methods at the undergraduate level
  • 3600 hours of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse in the last five years
  • Current CPR certificate at health care provider level
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in a Canadian province or territory
  • Meet the requirements for admission to the M.N. Nurse Practitioner Option
  • Completion of Masters or Ph.D. in Nursing or in a related discipline (education, health administration, public health) from a recognized university with a 70% average within that degree
  • 3 credit units in each a graduate research methods and a graduate statistics course
  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline 
  • Current registration as a nurse or psychiatric nurse
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. coursework required in Master’s program).
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Have completed at least one course in each of statistics, research methods, and nursing theory
  • Previous research experience, through completion of a thesis or other research experience

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

  • A four‐year bachelor of science in Nursing degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field of study.
  • Current registration as a nurse or psychiatric nurse
  • The equivalent of 3 credit units in each of statistics and research methods at the undergraduate level.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

Send in supplementary documents

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to nursing.advising@usask.ca. The exact documents needed will depend on the program you have applied to.

Proof of Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure

You must submit a copy of your RN licensure (in good standing) from a nursing regulatory body. If you are registered in Saskatchewan, you do not need to submit a copy of your RN license as it can be accessed online.

Essay

The essay should be typed, double-spaced and address the following:

  • career plans
  • professional goals
  • clinical expertise; and
  • scholarly interests.

Example of Scholarly Writing

An example of scholarly writing (a graded assignment from previous education or a published article) must be submitted.

Supplemental Application Form

Please complete the Supplemental Application Form and return it to the College of Nursing.

Proof of Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure

You must submit a copy of your RN licensure (in good standing) from a nursing regulatory body. If you are registered in Saskatchewan, you do not need to submit a copy of your RN license as it can be accessed online.

Essay

The essay should be typed, double-spaced and address the following:

  • career plans
  • professional goals
  • clinical expertise
  • scholarly interests
  • any investigations of clinical placements
  • post-graduation employment plans; and
  • plans for funding the clinical practica.

Example of Scholarly Writing

An example of scholarly writing (a graded assignment from previous education or a published article) must be submitted. 

Supplemental Application Form

Please complete the Supplemental Application Form and return it to the College of Nursing.

Proof of Clinical Practice Hours

Please provide proof of 3600 hours of Registered Nursing experience.

Aboriginal Ancestry

Two seats in the program are reserved for persons of Aboriginal ancestry. Applicants of Aboriginal descent may compete within this category, rather than within the entire applicant pool. Applicants should identify themselves as Aboriginal on the supplemental application form.

The following pieces of identification are considered acceptable documentation:

  • photocopy of a Métis Nation Card
  • letter from a First Nation Band or Métis Nation
  • photocopy of an Indian Status Card
  • photocopy of Nunavut Trust Service Card
  • Photocopy of documentation that includes your Inuit roll number

Applicants may be required to participate in an interview by Skype or other means (in-person is not required).

Proof of Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure

You must submit a copy of your RN licensure (in good standing) from a nursing regulatory body. If you are registered in Saskatchewan, you do not need to submit a copy of your RN license as it can be accessed online.

Applicant Essay

The essay should be typed, double-spaced and address the following:

  • career plans
  • research experience
  • research plans
  • student expectations of the PhD program and the supervisor; and
  • plans for financial support; including teaching and research assistantships.

Example of Scholarly Writing

An example of scholarly writing (a graded assignment from previous education or a published article) must be submitted.

Supplemental Application Form

Please complete the Supplemental Application Form and return it to the College of Nursing.

Additional Requirements

Qualifying Exam

PhD applicants who have not completed a thesis stream Master of Nursing (MN) degree will be required to successfully complete a qualifying examination. Information on this examination will be sent to applicants who are being recommended for admission.

Interview

Applicants may be required to participate in an interview by Skype or other means (in-person is not required).

Contact

College of Nursing
104 Clinic Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z4

Graduate Chair
Lorraine Holtsander
Email: lorraine.holtslander@usask.ca
Telephone: 306-966-8402

Graduate Program Coordinator
Jill Brown
Email: nursing.advising@usask.ca
Telephone: 306-966-6231