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Athabasca University

Non-Program Students

Please read all the application procedures carefully before you begin the application process.

Non-Program Application Deadlines

The following deadlines apply to non-program applications:

  • May 15 for Fall Session courses (September to December)
  • September 15 for Winter Session courses (January to April)
  • January 15 for Spring Session courses (May to August)

Late applications will not be reviewed and will be forwarded to the next available session.

Visiting students and prospective students who have not yet been admitted to the MHS or MN program may be permitted to register in up to two MHST or NURS* courses on a first-come, first-served basis, space permitting.

Note that if you wish to be considered for additional courses as a Non-Program student, prior approval is required. Contact the CNHS office at 1.800.788.9041, extension 6818 at least one month before the applicable course registration deadline.

Registered nurses in good standing with a Master of Nursing and NP preparation seeking to return to practice after a period of inactivity may be approved to register in up to four courses as a non-program student. Recommendation for the student's learning plan shall be obtained by the student from the College of Registered Nurses in the province where the student wishes to be licensed.

Students who wish to add a Family All Ages designation to their license may be approved to register in a maximum of five courses as a non-program student. The number of courses to be taken will depend on the student's individualized learning plan as recommended by the College of Registered Nurses. Additional courses may be required by the NP Program Council.

Courses taken as a non-program student can be applied toward the MHS or MN program requirements, if and when a student becomes a program student. Grades on courses completed as a non-program student will be considered in the admission process. However, successful completion of courses as a non-program student does not guarantee admission into the MHS or MN program.

*Note: Non-program students cannot normally register for NURS 518, NURS 522, NURS 524, NURS 526, NURS 528, NURS 530, MHST/NURS 611, MHST/NURS 719, or MHST/NURS 720. Please contact cnhsgradadvise@athabascau.ca or call 1.800.788.9041 (ext. 6818) to request an exception. Access to courses will depend on availability with priority given to program students.

Non-Program Application 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.

Steps in the Application Process

For existing CNHS Non-Program Students:

If you have previously taken courses as a CNHS Non-Program student, choose Existing Non-Program Students to review applicable registration procedures.

For new CNHS Non-Program applicants:

If you have not previously taken courses as a CNHS Non-Program student, choose Application Procedures for Non-Program Students.

 

Information effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

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