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Nursing Graduate Programs

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Overview of Nursing Graduate Programs

At the forefront of healthcare innovation, the University of Regina's Faculty of Nursing is pleased to present a new series of graduate programs. Our new programs are designed to equip all Nursing family members with a baccalaureate degree with the knowledge and skills needed to influence health care.  

Members of the Nursing family include:

  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) /Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs)

Baccalaureate degree credentials  

All students must hold a four-year (or equivalent) baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution. For example: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Health Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

Please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies to check if your prior education meets the requirement. 

 Our new programs starting fall 2024:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education (GCNE)
  2. Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership (GCNL)
  3. Master of Nursing (MN) course-based

Why consider a Graduate program?

  • Grow professionally and personally
  • Develop new knowledge and skills
  • Enhance your ability to think critically and conceptually
  • Expand your leadership abilities 
  • Career advancement


The programs are available in-person and online, enhancing flexible and distance learning options.

 Program Highlights 

  • A curriculum designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to lead and change our healthcare system
  • The opportunity to work with faculty members who have received national and international recognition
  • Flexible delivery modes – online, blended, or on-campus formats
  • Ability to complete your program where you live
  • Ability to transfer courses from the Graduate Certificates into the Master of Nursing program
  • Employment opportunities in graduate research and teaching assistant roles
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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

The three course (9 credit hour) certificate prepares you with the specialized knowledge and skills needed to teach in various academic and clinical settings. You will explore theories of learning and the implications of effective educational endeavours in various health care contexts. 

Our program emphasizes:

  • adult learning principles
  • learning program development
  • various teaching and evaluation approaches

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education can be a completed as a stand-alone program or can serve as a platform for further academic pursuits, including Master’s studies.

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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership

The three course (9 credit hours) certificate prepares you to lead in various healthcare environments.The curriculum will also enhance learners' leadership skills, focusing on ethical and cultural awareness when working with vulnerable or marginalized populations.

Using an evidenced based approach, students will:

  • explore, define, and develop traits that nurses need to improve healthcare quality and safety
  • manage the finances and operations of healthcare organizations
  • lead healthcare innovations   
  • respond to industry challenges and trends
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership can be a completed as a stand-alone program or can serve as a platform for further academic pursuits, including Master’s studies.
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Master of Nursing course-based

The Master of Nursing program is structured to provide a comprehensive learning experience, combining 4 core nursing courses with 6 elective options for a well-rounded education.

The program prepares students for advanced practice in focused areas, including: 

  • clinical nursing practice
  • education with skills to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes
  • strengthened leadership capacity to expand and evaluate nursing practice
The Master of Nursing course-based program will provide solid foundation for students who are interested in progressing to doctoral studies in future.
Completion Paths & Length of Programs

Applications will be reviewed, processed (once application fee has been paid), and accepted as they are received. Students can begin any of the programs the following term after acceptance: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring (May).

Students can complete their programs as full-time or part-time students.

Program Completion Times
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education (GCNE):  1-4 years
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership (GCNL): 1-4 years
  • Master of Nursing (MN) Course-based Program:  2-6 years
Program Delivery

Pre-requisite Requirments

Courses will not have prerequisites, so students can begin their Program by taking any course offered in the given term so there are no delays from time of application to starting the courses.

Course Delivery

Courses are offered via multiple delivery methods: students can enrol in online, blended, and on-campus course sections.

The HyFlex delivery enables students to learn where they live and to complete their courses in appropriate proximal communities. Students in rural and remote locations and northern locations are able to take courses in their home communities.

What is Hyflex?
Hyflex classes provide students with the opportunity to attend class sessions on-site or remotely. A student could potentially attend the entire class on-site or remotely; they may attend class remotely one day and on-site another day if they wish. The course instructor teaches in a classroom on-site during the entire term.

Hyflex course sections have synchronous meeting days and times.

Hyflex courses use Zoom for the remote delivery.

Program Routes

 Graduate Certificates

  1. Students can start certificates in any of the three semesters (fall, winter and spring/summer).  
  2. Once a certificate is completed successfully, students may request a transfer into the Master of Nursing course-based program.
  3. The Graduate Certificates are comprised of three courses (9 credit hours)
    1. Including one core course (3 credit hours)
    2. Plus two electives (6 credit hours)

 Master of Nursing course-based

  1. Students can in any of the three semesters (fall, winter and spring/summer).
  2. The Master of Nursing course-based program comprises ten courses (30 credit hours). 
    1. Including four core courses (12 credit hours) 
    2. Plus six elective courses (18 credit hours). 
      1. Two elective courses must be in nursing. 
      2. Four courses can be from nursing and non-nursing courses from the Faculty of Education, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and Interdisciplinary Programs, and Graduate Studies.
Program Course Lists
Admissions and Application Information

Here’s what you need to know:

• Courses do not have prerequisites, so you can begin by taking eligible courses offered in the given term.
• Applications are reviewed and processed as they are received.
• You can begin your program in the term following your acceptance.
• You can take the programs as a full-time or part-time student.


Admission Requirements

• Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
• Applications are accepted from Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), and Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses (LPN/RPN) with any baccalaureate degree


Intake Terms

• Fall
• Winter
• Spring


Application Deadline

Application is a rolling process. Applicants can complete their applications at any time throughout the year. Applications will be processed as they are received. Once the applicant is accepted into their program, they can begin to take courses the following semester.

How to Apply?

Application will be done online through the application portal.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research has an application guide to help with the application process.


Application Fee

The application fee to apply is $125.
Please note: Application is not complete until you’ve paid the application fee. The application fee is non-refundable. Incomplete applications are not forwarded to the departments for review.
Contact Us

Faculty of Nursing
Research and Innovation Centre
Room 508
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2

Phone: 306-337-3300
Fax: 306-337-8493

If you would like to meet with an advisor for a longer conversation about the graduate programs you can book an appointment here: Prospective Graduate Booking Calendar

For more information and to apply visit: Future Students | Graduate Studies & Research

Ready to embark on this exciting educational journey?


Become a leader.

Apply today and enrol in one or more of the new Graduate Nursing programs to transform your career and contribute to the advancement of healthcare for all.