The M.N. Nurse Practitioner (M.N.-N.P.) program prepares nurse practitioners to work in primary care settings. Graduates assess, diagnose, and treat common and predictable conditions across the lifespan, and are eligible to apply for registration as Nurse Practitioner (Family) in British Columbia. Applicants must meet general requirements of the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, hold current registration as a Registered Nurse in British Columbia, and have completed a minimum of three years of clinical practice as a registered nurse.

We seek applicants with demonstrated clinical excellence and autonomous action. In accordance with the professional and regulatory requirements associated with an advanced nursing practice, the MN-NP program normally comprises 56 credits of coursework, combining 9 credits of graduate level theory courses (M.S.N. program core requirements), up to 44 credits of primary health care theory and practice training, and a 3-credit culminating scholarly project.

UBC's full-time, two-year Master of Nursing-Nurse Practitioner program fully prepares you to practice nursing collaboratively and autonomously in primary health care.

Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to take a lead in responding to Canadian health care issues and needs and improving primary care practice.

What makes the program unique?

The UBC School of Nursing, Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP) Programme offers studies with a community of professors and clinicians at the forefront of primary care. This two-year full-time on-campus program leads to the degree of Master of Nursing and is recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. Programme completion creates eligibility for licensure as a Nurse Practitioner in BC.

Graduates of our UBC MN-NP Programme are in demand by health authorities for practice in both community and hospital settings. They are well prepared to practice collaboratively and autonomously in primary care settings and lead in interpretation and application of new knowledge generated to improve practice.

Why the UBC MN-NP?

  • Become an advanced practicing nurse who is able to assess, diagnose and treat common and predictable conditions experienced across the lifespan.
  • Be prepared to practice collaboratively and autonomously in primary care settings.
  • Respond to the changing health care needs of Canadian society.
  • Interpret and apply new knowledge generated to improve practice.

Clinical Placement Process and Expectations

Placement Planning and the Placement Process

  • UBC works closely with other Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs and BC-wide health authorities to coordinate provincial placements to meet students' needs and program-specific requirements. Responsibility for placement equity, keeping current information, and networking is shared amongst health authorities and educational institutions.
  • Using the Health Sciences Practice Network (HSPnet), NP preceptorship experiences are projected and requested 6 to 8 months prior to courses starting. This process captures data about requested and confirmed placements, student numbers, health authority destinations, and expected timelines. It serves as an administrative management tool for site-specific orientation and confidentiality requirements.

How Clinical Practice Opportunities are Assigned

  • Because all student placements require faculty approval and completed Health Authority processes the MN-NP Faculty Team determines site assignments.
  • Course leaders are key contacts for placement issues or concerns.

Understanding the Preceptor and the Placement Experience

  • Your placement experiences could involve physician and/or nurse practitioners in settings such as family practice, specialty clinics, acute care, and outreach.
  • Your preparation to access sites and schedules must include access to your own transportation and be anticipating shift and weekend work.
  • After receiving a preceptorship assignment, you are responsible for contacting your preceptor/site to coordinate scheduling arrangements, including any site and course leader updates with any changes in your schedule or absences.
  • Because preceptors role are mentors, students are encouraged to be proactive in communicating your learning needs and goals.

Learning Goals and Performance Expectations

In addition to reviewing learning goals and performance expectations for the duration of your program, highlight student experience expectations further with preceptors, clinical teams, and during patient interactions.

Career Options

The 20-month MN-NP program prepares students to practice in the public or private sector or to pursue further studies in Ph.D. programs. Graduates are occupying leadership positions in numerous health authorities in Canada and the international community in both urban and rural settings. They take an active role in promoting NP practice in British Columbia and are prepared to work effectively as members of collaborative teams to improve patients' health.




  • ibT Reading 22
  • ibT Writing 21
  • ibT Listening 22
  • ibT Speaking 21



  • IELTS Reading 6.5
  • IELTS Writing 6.5
  • IELTS Listening 6.5
  • IELTS Speaking 6.5
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 11, 2018
This course is Campus based
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Sep 2019
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4,897 CAD
$4,897.83 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $20,854.11 Tuition per year for International students
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