Nurse Practitioner, Postgraduate Diploma

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Athabasca University offers the Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner course.


Welcome to the Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner program. Our primary health care program prepares nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries across the lifespan in settings such as primary care offices or community health centres. The program does not, however, prepare NPs to work in acute care settings or to focus on a clinical specialty.

The Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner (PMD:NP) (was formerly called Advanced Graduate Diploma: Advanced Nursing Practice, or AGD:ANP) is offered by the Athabasca University. The program prepares nurses to assume a broader role in the provision of health services to clients of all ages as family nurse practitioners.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners
  • Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Decision Making
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners
  • NP: Women and Men's Health
  • NP: Children's Health
  • NP: Adult Health
  • NP: Older Adult Health
  • NP: Practice Consolidation
  • Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing
For more information please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

By the application deadline, applicants for admission to the PMD: NP program must be graduates of a Canadian (or equivalent) masters degree in Nursing from an accredited/recognized university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) in their masters program.

Applicants must have obtained recently, a minimum of 4,500 verified hours of work experience as a registered nurse prior to application.

Athabasca University MN:ANP and MN:NP graduates are precluded from admission to the PMD:NP.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17875 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17875 CAD for the full programme and a duration of  .
  • National Applies to you

    15675 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15675 CAD for the full programme and a duration of  .
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • The total tuition cost for a student living in Canada who takes all of her or his courses from Athabasca University would be $15,675 ($1,425 x 11, three-credit course equivalents). Application, admission, and AUGSA fees are not included in the above calculation.


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