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What will I learn?

The nurse practitioner program is a unique consortium model involving the ten university schools of nursing in Ontario. It is taught via distance education methods using print-based materials, audio and/or video conferences, computed mediated learning and web sites. Nurses with a BScN will complete the program over 12 months full-time study or up to 36 months part-time study.

Please note that this is not a graduate program. The Faculty of Graduate Studies administers the application and admission procedures for the program. Additional program information is available through the School of Nursing

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$22,999.98 (US$ 18,590) per year
Tuition: CAN $7,666.66 per term; Ancillary Fees: CAN $245.91

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Lakehead University

Thunder Bay Campus,

955 Oliver Road,

THUNDER BAY,

Ontario (ON),

P7B 5E1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent. Program-Specific Prerequisite courses completed at the senior level (e.g. Grade 12); Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian). English Language Requirements: TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based): Minimum Score: 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score: 213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score: 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS (academic test) - International English Language Testing System: Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: Minimum Score: 85.

For international students

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent. An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards.

Evidence of current Registered Nurse Certificate of Registration (College of Nurses of Ontario) or equivalent as approved by the Colleges of Nurses of Ontario. Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate. Minimum of 70% overall average in a BScN or equivalent from a post secondary institution. Applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years full-time nursing practice within the past 5 years. Preference will be given to Ontario residents whose work experience in nursing has been continuous and who have practical experience in one or more of the following areas: primary health care; ambulatory care; public health; community health; long term care; emergency care or outpost nursing.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based): Minimum Score: 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score: 213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score: 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS (academic test) - International English Language Testing System: Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); PTE- Pearson Test of English (Academic): Minimum Score- 58 (no component score less than 50).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Lakehead University

Lakehead University is a vibrant and forward-thinking institution that provides a transformative educational experience for students.

  • In Canada’s top 10 undergraduate universities
  • 1 of Canada’s most beautiful campuses (Huffington Post)
  • Based in Ontario, with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia
  • 97.7% employment rate within two years of graduation