School of Nursing Graduate Program

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Advanced Neonatal Nursing Graduate Diploma

We will not be offering this program in 2017/18

The Diploma Program is specifically designed to prepare neonatal nurse practitioners.  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.

Note: We will NOT be offering this program in 2017/18.

A minimum of 6 Registered Students are required to run this program annually.

 

Download the application supporting document for this program

Category 1 Nursing M.Sc. Program, Neonatal Stream

Nursing students must have completed at least three quarters of their course work requirements for the McMaster M.Sc. degree prior to admission, since the Diploma requirements are additional to those requirements for the M.Sc. degree. Students may apply and register in this Diploma Program while completing their M.Sc. thesis research. However, a separate application and tuition fee are required for enrolment in the Advanced Neonatal Nursing Diploma Program.

Students in the M.Sc. program in Nursing must complete with at least a B- standing the following required courses: NUR *701, *709, or HRM *701 or *702, HRM *721, HRM/NUR *745, and one additional course selected by the student in conjunction with the supervisor or supervisory committee.

For the Graduate Diploma Program in Advanced Neonatal Nursing, at least two years' experience in neonatal critical care will be required in addition to specific requirements of the M.Sc. degree program in Nursing.

Category 2 Post-Master's Degree Students

The Graduate Diploma Program is also open to qualified applicants who have already completed or are currently enrolled in a relevant Master's degree having successfully completed at least three quarters of the course requirement, either at McMaster or at another University. In this case, admission to the Diploma program as a post-degree student does not guarantee subsequent admission to McMaster's M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in Nursing. The following materials are required for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Neonatal Nursing Program:

  • 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 critical care
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • One clinical letter 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)

For both Category 1 and Category 2 students, the Ontario Public Hospitals Act requires that all persons working in a hospital setting meet certain criteria regarding surveillance for infectious diseases. In order for the requirement of the legislation to be met, once students have been enrolled in the Program, they must complete Pre Clinical Communicable Disease Screening annually through the Student Health Services. More information will be sent to specific applicants prior to registration. Specific questions can be directed to the Office of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences).

Semester 1 – September to December
Course Course Title and Format Course Format and Schedule
NUR 720 Advanced Nursing Care of High Risk Infants and Families Problem-based learning
Meets for three (3) hours/week
NUR 721 Advanced Neonatal Nursing Clinical Practice 1

Students will spend 1 to 2 day/week in the NICU in clinical practice
Total of 128 clinical hours
+ 3 hours of seminars/week  

Semester 2 – January to April
Course Course Title and Format Course Format
NUR 720 Advanced Nursing Care of High Risk Infants and Families Problem-based learning
Meets for three (3) hours each week over 12 weeks
NUR 721 Advanced Neonatal Nursing Clinical Practice 1

Students will spend 2 days/week in the NICU in clinical practice
Total of 192  clinical hours
+ 3 hours of seminars/week

Semester 3 – May and June
Course Course Title and Format Course Format
NUR 722 Advanced Neonatal Nursing Clinical Practice 2

Students will spend approximately ten 40-hour weeks in the NICU, including night and weekend coverage.
Total of 400 clinical hours

Total program clinical = 720 hours

Note: Students will also participate in a 1-week residency each semester.

Students in the Diploma in Advanced Neonatal Nursing Program must complete with at least a B- standing the following required courses: NUR 720, NUR 721, NUR *722 .

The Ontario Public Hospitals Act requires that all persons working in a hospital setting meet certain criteria regarding surveillance for infectious diseases. In order for the requirement of the legislation to be met, once students have been enrolled in the Program, they must complete Pre-Clinical Communicable Disease Screening through the Student Health Services. More information will be sent to specific applicants prior to registration. Specific questions can be directed to the Office of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences).

Open House

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
HSC Farncombe Atrium (3rd Floor)


10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Phd, MSc Thesis and MSc Course based

1:00 p.m. to 3:00p.m.
MSc combined PHCNP and PHCNP Diploma


For details and registration contact: Mary Lynn Taylor at taym@mcmaster.ca