May 30, 2020
The McMaster University Diploma Program in Advanced Neonatal Nursing is a graduate level advanced nursing practice specialty program offered within the Faculty of Health Sciences and sponsored by the Graduate Programs in Health Sciences. It is specifically designed to meet the requirements for the Neonatology exam approved by the College of Nursing of Ontario (CNO) Council for registration in the NP-Paediatrics specialty with respect to curriculum hours, hours of instruction and of clinical practice within an accredited educational institution and coordination of coursework by a doctorally prepared, certified nurse practitioner. Application for admission must be made through the office of the Graduate Programs in Health Sciences. Enrolment is limited.
Acceptance to this program follows the established procedures and standards for admission to the Master of Science (Nursing) degree program at McMaster University. Application materials and an explanation of procedures are provided in the Nursing brochure. The Diploma Program is available to both full- and part-time students admitted from the Nursing M.Sc. (Category 1) or Post-Master’s Degree students (Category 2). Pending approvals, effective September 2012, we will offer admission to selected applicants from approved sites using a combination of on-campus and distance delivery methods. Meeting clinical course requirements in a learner’s region is dependent upon the availability of appropriate clinical sites and qualified preceptors. Check the Graduate Nursing Program Website (http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/gradnursing/dip-ann.html) for more information.
Category 1-Neonatal Nursing Stream M.Sc. Program
Nursing students must have completed at least 3/4 of their course work requirements for the McMaster M.Sc. degree prior to admission, since the Diploma requirements are additional to those requirements for the M.Sc. degree (see Nursing section of this Calendar). Students may apply and register in this Diploma Program while completing their M.Sc. thesis research. However, a separate application and tuition fee are required for enrolment in the Advanced Neonatal Nursing Diploma Program.
For the Graduate Diploma Program in Advanced Neonatal Nursing, at least two years’ experience in neonatal critical care will be required in addition to specific requirements of the M.Sc. degree program in Nursing.
Category 2-Post-Master’s Degree Students
The Diploma Program is also open to qualified applicants who have already completed or are currently enrolled in a relevant Master’s degree, having successfully completed at least 3/4 of the course requirements, either at McMaster or at another University. In this case, admission to the Diploma program as a post-degree student does not guarantee subsequent admission to the M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in Nursing (see the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, section 2.1.3 of this Calendar).
The following materials are required for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Neonatal Nursing Program:
- Completed or currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in a clinical nursing specialty with at least a B+ standing
- Evidence of eligibility to be registered or licensed in her/his own province/country
- Minimum of two years’ experience in neonatal clinical care
- Current curriculum vitae
- Two clinical letters of reference
- Two academic letters of reference
- Autobiographical letter
- Original post-secondary transcripts
- Foreign applicants whose native language is not English are required to supply evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language [e.g., TOEFL score of 92 (iBT), 580 (paper test) or 237 (computer test)]
- Completed application form and $100.00 application fee (Canadian currency)
For both Category 1 and Category 2 students, the Ontario Public Hospitals Act requires that all persons working in a hospital setting meet certain criteria regarding surveillance for infectious diseases. In order for the requirement of the legislation to be met, once students have been enrolled in the Program, they must complete Pre-Clinical Communicable Disease Screening annually through the Student Health Services. More information will be sent to specific applicants prior to registration. Specific questions can be directed to the Office of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences).
Students in the neonatal stream of the M.Sc. degree program in Nursing (category 1), must complete with at least a B- standing, the following required courses:
Students admitted as Master’s post-degree students under Category 2 must complete, with at least a B- standing, the following required courses: