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Thompson Rivers University

Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner


Graduates of TRU’s MN-NP program will gain the specialized clinical knowledge, skills and competencies required for their careers as advanced practitioners of nursing. Training and practice in the following areas will also prepare graduates to meet BCCNM licensure requirements as NPs in family practice:

  • Develop and sharpen the ability to assess and treat diseases by prescribing, ordering diagnostic tests, managing results and referring/consulting with other healthcare providers.
  • Coordinate and manage client care across the continuum — from primary to secondary to tertiary level settings—with a focus on managing transitions in care while improving continuity of care and health outcomes.
  • Gain real-world experience through three clinical practicums which are designed to combine the theoretical, laboratory and clinical learning within this program.
  • Students will also be exposed to a range of face-to-face and online learning methodologies, including interactive meeting sites for discussion, face-to-face lab instruction and practice with simulated and standardized clients.


Work in a variety of health-care settings as a nurse practitioner — with heightened leadership, knowledge, educational and research skills.

Program structure

The program is offered through blended delivery. This includes online theory courses, on-campus condensed laboratory for skill development and consolidating practicums in the clinical setting.

The program structure builds on a foundation of five existing TRU Master of Nursing core courses (15 credits). MN-NP students take a further nine courses (35 credits) specific to developing the base of clinical knowledge and skills required for NP practice.

Included in the program are two directed health study project courses and a consolidating final clinical internship experience for a total of 50 credits.

Students may complete the program full-time in two years (six semesters) or part-time in three years (nine semesters).

Course highlights
  • Research in Healthcare
  • Indigenous Health Leadership
  • Issues in Professional Practice for Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Practitioner Primary Healthcare
  • Directed Health Study
  • Consolidated Nurse Practitioner Internship
  • Evidence of active registration as a nurse in British Columbia. Note that annual evidence of current, practicing BCCNM licensure is required while enrolled in the program.
  • Evidence of a minimum of two years of relevant full-time (or equivalent to full-time) registered nursing practice within the last five years.
  • Completed bachelor/baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.00 (B or 73%) in the final two years (or 60 credits) of program.
  • An academic transcript showing a completed undergraduate or graduate course in statistics.
  • Two letters of reference: preferably including one academic and one professional.
  • Official copies of ALL post-secondary transcripts.
  • Nursing practice résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • A statement of interest.
    • Your statement of interest will be uploaded during the application process, so have it prepared before beginning the application.
    • The statement of interest is intended to be a scholarly submission that best reflects the applicant, including their writing skills.
    • The statement of interest should be concise but include:
      • Motivation to applying to a graduate level NP education program.
      • Overview of background and preparedness to embark upon a graduate level NP education program.
      • NP practice interests and goals for entering the NP profession, including potential geographical area of practice.
      • Description of a desired topic of academic study related to NP practice.
    • The statement of interest should be no more than 500 words in length, with 12- point Times New Roman font, and double-spaced, on standard letter-sized document, in PDF format.

TRU will accept up to 15 students each year. Approximately three seats per entry are allocated to self-declared Indigenous applicants who meet all entry requirements. Preference is given to applicants who reside within the BC Interior region.

General requirements for clinical practice coursework

  • Updated immunization schedule.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required for all students upon entrance into the program, and students are required to have updated their BLS certification less than one year prior to beginning clinical practice.
  • WHMIS certificate (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System).
  • Criminal record check needs to be completed before entry to a practice setting.

English language proficiency

Students who have completed studies in a country where English is not the official language, must also submit English language test scores.

Acceptable tests and levels

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) a minimum score of 7.0 and the following sub-test scores:

  • Speaking: 7.0
  • Writing: 7.0
  • Listening: 7.5
  • Reading: 6.5


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • iBT: a minimum score of 100 (iBT) with no section below a 20
  • Paper-Based: 600 with a TWE of 5.0

Granting transfer credits

Transfer credits from one university to another are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Next Steps

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