Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner
Admission Requirements

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 3.2 (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.

To calculate your Graduate Admission GPA (the GPA AU will use for your entry into the program), please visit the Graduate Admission GPA page on the Faculty of Health Disciplines website.

Please note: Athabasca University is currently unable to accept applications from British Columbia for the Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner and Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner programs. Unfortunately, due to the limited availability of clinical placements in the province, students are unable to complete program requirements. AU’s Faculty of Health Disciplines is working with the B.C. Ministry of Health to resolve this issue and plans to resume admission of B.C.-based students as soon as the practicum situation improves.

Non-Program Admission Requirements

To be successful in graduate courses, non-program students should have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 undergraduate or graduate course work.

Non-program students must meet the following application requirements:

  • A four-year health-related baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • Students seeking to refresh their practice as a Nurse Practitioner must hold a Master of Nursing and have graduated from a recognized Nurse Practitioner Education program.
  • Students seeking to add a Family All Ages designation to their Nurse Practitioner license must hold a Master of Nursing and an active Nurse Practitioner license.

These requirements must be met by the application deadlines.

Advanced Standing

Students entering the PMD:NP who have completed a Master of Nursing, may be eligible for up to 12 credits of advanced standing for applicable master's courses taken within the last five years.

English Language Proficiency

There are minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements allowed for admission to a graduate program at Athabasca University. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.