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Eligibility requirements Apply *Admission Suspended* effective June 2019

To be eligible to the CNS program

To be considered to the Clinical Nurse Specialist Program, you must satisfy the admission requirements listed in the University of Regina’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website. Additional requirement information can be found below.

The language of instruction in the CNS program is English. You must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English as required by the U of R.

Submission of a comprehensive curriculum vitae, comprised of education history, nursing work history, special contributions and acknowledgements, and community involvement is encouraged.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist program has one intake per year with classes beginning in September. Preference is given to Saskatchewan applicants; however, applicants from other Canadian jurisdictions are encouraged to apply.

The program has designated equity seats that are representative of the Indigenous population in Saskatchewan. Indigenous students at the University of Regina are asked to self-declare their Indigenous status when they log into the University’s Admissions online form. Like all other CNS applicants, Indigenous students must fully meet the admission criteria. Unfilled equity seats will become available to other applicants.

  1. Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research.
  2. Provide CV and Personal Statements declaring clinical speciality and goals for graduate study.
  3. Licensed with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association or the Registered Psychiatric Nurses’ Association of Saskatchewan or in the regulatory jurisdiction in which they will engage their practice education (clinical practice).
  4. Completion of an undergraduate degree, normally in Nursing.
  5. An overall grade point average of 75% in the last 60 credit hours of most recent post-secondary studies.
  6. A minimum of two years experience in a focused clinical area to be demonstrated on CV.

Additional requirements

Risk Management documents are required to engage in the clinical placements, following acceptance to the program.

NOTE: These documents are to be submitted to the CNS graduate office via email at or by fax at 306-337-8493 no later than September 30.

  • A Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS). Please note that a Criminal Record Check is done within this document. **IMPORTANT** Please indicate to your local Police Department or RCMP detachment that you require a Vulnerable Sector Search for educational & clinical placement purposes, as you will be working with the elderly, the infirm, children, youth and other vulnerable populations.  This document must be dated within 3 months from acceptance into program.
  • A record of immunizations specific requirements are outlined:
  • Tuberculin Skin Test: within the last year or documentation of a previous positive test with a copy of the x ray report.
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): documentation of 2 doses of MMR containing vaccine and a blood test for Measles IgG, Mumps IgG and Rubella IgG that confirms immunity.
  • TdaP: documentation of a primary series and 1 adult dose of TdaP after the age of 18 years and within 5 years of program start date.
  • Hepatitis B: documentation of a 2 or 3 dose Hepatitis B series and a blood test for Hepatitis B antibodies (anti-HBs or HBsAb).
  • Varicella (chickenpox): documentation of 1 or 2 doses of Varicella-containing vaccine or a blood test for Varicella-Zoster IgG that confirms immunity.
  • Polio: documentation of a primary series.
  • Influenza: annual immunization is required as per provincial Mask or Immunize policy.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (C)
  • Respiratory Mask FIT Testing
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Training
  • HSPnet Consent Form
  • Confidentiality Agreement Form
  • Workers Compensation Form