Queen's University

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Graduate Studies

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Graduate Studies

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"My experience as a student in the Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing at Queen’s University was so many things. The courses were challenging and a lot of work. They were also taught by brilliant professors who are experts in the subject matter. Through these courses, I learned the fundamental skills necessary to be a successful researcher and academic. The program at Queen’s encourages dissemination of student research and provides opportunities for national and international networking. My mentors were amazing. After completing the program, I was recruited for a tenure-track faculty position at my university of choice. With my PhD from Queen’s, I have a career that I love and the knowledge and ability to help make a difference"


Program Contact

Helen Campbell
Graduate Assistant
School of Nursing, Cataraqui Building, 92 Barrie Street
Administration for Graduate Programs located at 82/84 Barrie Street
Queen's University. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 77746
E-mail: nursing@queensu.ca
Website: www.nursing.queensu.ca



Program Overview

The graduate nursing programs at Queen’s University are designed for students interested in nursing research and practice. Our Ph.D. program is geared toward preparing you for a career as a nurse scientist by immersing you in independent research into the nature, effect, outcome and management of a range of health and illness-related transitions. Our MNSc thesis-based program gives you the opportunity to choose among three fields of study: Chronic Health Conditions; Primary Health Care in Nursing; Transitions in Health and Illness. Our MN(PHCNP) (Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program) gives you the opportunity to apply research skills and clinical expertise to prepare for advanced practice in primary health care nursing in conjunction with the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Diploma. Our NP Diploma is for nurses who already have a master’s degree and wish to become a Primary Care Health Nurse Practitioner.


Our students have the opportunity to take courses and exchange research interests with students in other disciplines. As well, students can avail travel opportunities for data collection trips within Ontario.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Some of our recent graduates now hold positions as:
Advanced practice nurses, Nursing Managers or Research coordinators in care settings such as: • Asthma clinics• Breast cancer settings • Cardiovascular care• Infection control • Family health teams • Long-term Care • Orthopaedic surgery • Pain management• Palliative care • Pharmaceutical company

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

Ph.D.: 4 years
Master of Nursing Science (MNSc): 2 years full time
Master of Nursing - Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (MN-PHCNP): 2 years full time
Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) Diploma: 1 year full time; 2 years part-time.

For a select group of students, we allow accelerated entry to the Ph.D. program after one year in the Master’s program.

Method of Completion

Ph.D.: Course work, comprehensive exams and thesis
MNSc. : Course work, and research thesis
MN(PHCNP): Course work and a project
PHCNP Diploma: Course work

Fields of study and Supervisors

For the Ph.D. thesis route and the MNSc thesis programs, advance contact with supervisors is not required, but we recommend that you look at our website to learn about our faculty members’ areas of research. On your application form, we will ask you to list three faculty members with whom you would like to work. We will match you with a thesis supervisor upon acceptance to the Ph.D. thesis program or to the MNSc program.

  • Joan Almost, RN, Ph.D., Workplace relationships and the impact on the nursing work environment.
  • Dana Edge, RN, Ph.D., Health of populations living in rural and remote Canada.
  • Christina Godfrey, RN, Ph.D., Management of chronic disease, knowledge translation; system review methodology.
  • Catherine Goldie, RN, Ph.D, Risk reduction within general and special populations-people with mental health and addictive disorders.
  • Jennifer Medves, RN, Ph.D., Nursing in healthy rural workplaces.
  • Mona Sawhney, RN (EC), Ph.D.,Pain education and management.
  • Kim Sears, RN, Ph.D., Safe medication delivery for children and families.
  • Joan Tranmer, RN, Ph.D., Gender-based analysis of care for persons living with chronic cardiovascular and cancer conditions.
  • Deborah Treguno, RN,  Ph.D.,Quality and patient safety in critical care.
  • Elizabeth Van DenKerkhof, RN, D.P.H., The role of lifestyle, psychological and clinical factors in chronic pain and pain-related outcomes.
  • Rosemary Wilson, RN (EC), Ph.D., Acute and chronic pain and pain-related outcomes.
  • Kevin Woo, RN, Ph.D., Wound related pain management and key factors that influence wound healing.
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Ph.D.: Funding available through Queen's Graduate Awards and competitive awards.

Ph.D. and MNSc students qualify for research assistantships (RA) and teaching assistantships (TA), QGA grants and internal awards. MN(PHCNP) students qualify for some RA and TA’s.

We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (CIHR, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites

Ph.D.: Master’s degree in Nursing or equivalent master’s degree with a B+ average (3.3 GPA or 77%) over core courses, & letters of reference.

MN.Sc.: a minimum GPA 3.0 from a baccalaureate program in nursing, registration (or registration eligibility) as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario, malpractice insurance, undergraduate courses in research methods & statistics. Admission to the MN (PHCNP) also requires two years of full-time RN practice within the past five years.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 1

Notification of Acceptance: Mid March to early April.

Learning Outcomes
Charlotte HolmgrenCharlotte Holmgren
Nursing (PHCNP)
On a Quest for Knowledge