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MSc Course Based PHCNP

Master of Science in Nursing by Course Work/Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner


BScN prepared applicants who wish a Master’s (course based) degree leading to a PHCNP. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit all the MSC PHCNP Supporting Documents  for this program.
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (60 units taken at a university) with a minimum of the equivalent of a McMaster B+ average over the final 60 units from an undergraduate nursing program, or its equivalent. Applicants who are graduates of a baccalaureate nursing degree program for registered nurses and who have between 50 and 59 units of university study will be considered on a case-by-case basis. These 60 units will not include advanced credit for college courses.
  3. Two years of full time nursing practice within the past five years (3640 hours).
  4. Submit one official academic transcript. Please include RN diploma and any additional course work. Please note that non-English transcripts must be translated and notarized.
  5. Submit two academic references (See Grad FAQ for details on academic versus clinical references. If for some reason you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference form here.
  6. Submit two confidential clinical references, references should be someone who has known you in a professional context. Please download the guidelines here.
  7. Submit a Curriculum Vitae.
  8. Submit a Declaration of Employment. Please download the form here.
  9. Submit personal essay responding to four questions outlined in the Supporting documents related to suitability for the PHCNP program. Please download the guidelines here.
  10. Submit Health Professional Requirements.
  11. Submit Verification of Employment Hours. Please download the form here.

    If English is not your native language, an official copy of a TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is needed. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is required. IELTS minimum score 7.0.

To Apply to the MSc Course-Based Leading to the PHCNP on-line, select: Nursing-MSc/PHCNP (Course Scholarly Paper).


With an understanding that Indigenous learners can face specific barriers or challenges when pursuing higher education, schools and programs within McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences have facilitated admissions streams for applicants with Indigenous North American (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) ancestry. This process is intended to provide equitable access to Indigenous applicants and aligns with the intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. Applicants wishing to apply through McMaster’s FIAP need to complete the supplementary self-identification application in addition to  McMaster university and program specific application processes. All Indigenous applicants who meet the admission criteria will be considered within an Indigenous applicant cohort.

Full details are found on the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Website:




Year 1

SGS 101 and SGS 201

NUR 712 Evidence Based Health Care
NUR 715 Quantitative Research Methods
NUR 714 Scholarly Paper 

One elective half course (approved by advisor)
NUR 766 Roles and Responsibilities

Year 2

NUR 761 Pathophysiology
NUR 762 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis 1
NUR 763 Advanced health Assessment and Diagnosis II
NUR 764 Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NUR 765 Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II
NUR 767 Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care


Requirements for Degree Completion

Program timeline

Students register full time and complete the program over the course of 24 months.

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Graduate Application Deadline

January 15

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