Get Ready to Apply
Review admission requirements and make sure you have your required documents such as transcripts ready to be submitted.
Important Upcoming Dates
Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Final Deadline for Admission only – April 30
Starts: April 30, 2024
Step 1: Complete School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Online Admissions Application
Please review important information below prior to submitting your application.
- First-time applicants, click create an account to begin your application. You will receive a verification code via email. Enter your verification code and create a password for your account.
- Pay the mandatory application fee through the applicant status portal immediately after submitting your application. Your application will not be processed until application fee is received.
- Upload required application checklist materials, including unofficial transcripts, statements of intent, writing samples, and more, through your applicant status portal after paying the application fee.
- Enter information for referees. Referees will automatically receive a notification email that they have been requested to complete a reference for your application, along with instructions to submit their reference letter in the application system. If you need to change your referees, please contact :firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line: Change referees for new applicant). Please provide your first and last name and U of T applicant number.
- You may send an email reminder to existing referees through your applicant portal after submitting your application.
- You may view your application status, including outstanding requirements, by logging in to your account and selecting view applicant status portal.
Step 2: Prepare Required Documents
Letter of Intent
- In 200 words describe how your previous health studies and clinical experiences have led you to pursue the NP program and influenced your choice of clinical focus (Adult or Primary Health Care – Global Health)
- In 200 words describe your short and long-term career objectives and how they will be advanced by the Nurse Practitioner program
- In 200 words outline what you hope to gain from your clinical placements
You will be asked to upload your CV to the on-line application. Please use the categories listed below when you are developing your CV. If a particular heading does not apply, you may leave it out.
- Academic education (post-secondary degrees, diplomas, certificates)
- Continuing education (including workshops, professional development)
- Awards and honours (e.g. practice awards from employing organization, bursaries, scholarships)
- Professional employment (Please note whether roles were full-time, part-time, or casual)
- Relevant presentations / publications / research
- Current membership in professional organizations
- Committees (e.g. work-related, professional)
- Clinical / administrative / practice innovations (please provide brief descriptions or examples)
- Membership in research-oriented organizations (please specify role)
- Relevant volunteer activities
Two letters of Reference
Letters of Reference are submitted electronically through the SGS online application. You will need to provide the referees’ email addresses. Please communicate with your referees in advance to confirm their contact information. After you pay the application fee, we will contact your referees by email and ask them to submit their recommendation electronically. We will send them a Reference Form to complete and upload to your application.
1. Academic Reference. Ideally your academic reference will come from a professor/lecturer who taught you and graded your written work during your previous degree and who can speak to your academic abilities. A preceptor or clinical instructor is not an appropriate academic reference.
If you are unable to obtain an academic reference from a previous professor, you can provide a reference from someone who has taught you in a continuing education course.
2. Manager/Supervisor Reference. Ideally your reference will come from your manager or a direct supervisor who is familiar with your practice and professional accomplishments (e.g., leadership, contribution to nursing, involvement in professional organizations). A colleague is not an appropriate professional reference.
If you are unable to obtain a Manager/Supervisor reference from a manager, you can provide a reference from someone who is familiar with your clinical practice such as a Clinical Educator.
Note: SGS provides the option to select from Recommenders from Academic, Employer, and Professional. Bloomberg Nursing requires 1 Academic reference and 1 Manager/Supervisor reference. Applicants can select “Employer” or “Professional” reference to satisfy the Manager/Supervisor Reference.
Completion of Clinical Hours
Applicants to the PMNP program must complete a minimum of 3,900 clinical hours in a hands on clinical practice environment as an RN by August 31, prior to beginning the program in September. As part of your application, you will complete a form indicating when and where you completed (or will complete) your clinical hours.
Considerations Related to Clinical Experience Pre-PMNP Application:
While each application is reviewed holistically, we do place a significant amount of weight in your clinical experience as a Registered Nurse. Considerations with respect to practice requirements for each emphasis are outlined below.
PHC-GH: Applicants to the PHC-GH emphasis should demonstrate experience in primary healthcare and exposure to a wide variety of populations (e.g., refugees, people experiencing homelessness, underserved groups etc.) and age groups (infant through to older adults). This may include settings such as community health centres, family health teams and nurse practitioner led clinics. Please note that experience in settings such as COVID vaccination clinics or cosmetic clinics would not apply.
Adult: Applicants to the Adult emphasis should demonstrate experience caring for adults in a variety of settings with exposure to a broad range of conditions. This may include in patient settings such as general internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, respiratory care, complex continuing care and long-term care (provided that there is also experience with younger adults). Outpatient settings such as emergency departments (adult or all ages) or ambulatory clinics are also acceptable.
Very specialized tertiary and quaternary care experiences such as trauma and ICU should be supplemented with experiences in other settings that are less acute.
For each emphasis, applicants should demonstrate a variety of experiences, while also ensuring that there is consistent tenure. Applicants with multiple experiences held for short durations of time will not be reviewed as favourably as those with longer term employment. While we invite applications from applicants with a variety of employment experiences, it should be noted that those with more robust clinical experience will be looked at more favourably given that they have had more time to develop their RN practice.
Proof of RN Registration
In order to be registered in our PMNP programs, each student must be registered to practice as an RN. You will be asked to upload proof of registration to your application.
Electronic or Scanned Transcript(s)
You will be asked to submit both an electronic copy of your transcript as well as an official transcript (paper copy by mail or electronic copy to email@example.com).
You are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended to the on-line application so that we may assess your file immediately. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the transcript “legend” which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript.
Please scan your transcript in grayscale at the lowest dots per inch (dpi) setting that results in a legible document. We recommend 72 dpi whenever possible.
The file must be in .PDF format. Image files, such as those in .jpg or .bmp formats, must be converted to .PDF before uploading.
The file size of each scanned transcript file to be uploaded must not exceed 3 megabytes (Mb).
If your transcript is double-sided, please be sure to scan the front and back of each page.
The transcript legend (usually printed on the back of a paper transcript) must appear at least once for every scanned transcript submitted.
Scanned documents must be clearly legible and print on standard CDN/U.S. 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.
Do not upload a document that is password-protected or that contains macros.
University of Toronto students may submit a screen capture of their academic history from the Student Web Service of ACORN in place of a transcript. However, if you have attended multiple institutions, the other universities’ transcripts (with legend) must still be included in the file in chronological order.
You will be asked to submit both an electronic copy of your transcript as well as an official transcript (either a paper copy by mail or an electronic copy by email to firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition to uploading a copy of your transcript, you should also order your transcript(s) from each university you have attended. Transcripts must be received by the Faculty of Nursing in an official envelope that is sealed and signed by the issuing institution across the seal OR by email from the issuing institution to email@example.com. You may include a one-page cover letter to support your application if you believe the marks you received do not reflect your performance due to extenuating circumstances. In the case of University of Toronto transcripts only, applicants may submit an ACORN print-out of grades rather than an official University of Toronto transcript.
English Proficiency Test Results
International applicants must submit a copy of their English proficiency test scores. Applications with unsatisfactory test scores will not be assessed. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application.
An interview with the Admissions Committee may be required. If this is the case, we will contact you by email to arrange for an in-person interview or, if this is not possible, an interview by telephone. Interviews typically take place from February to June.
New PMNP Student Checklist
How to prepare for entry to the Post-Master NP program once you have received an offer of admission:
Accept the offer of admission
You will receive your offer of admission by mail and by email. You can use either copy to respond to the offer. To accept our admission offer you need to complete and return the School of Graduate Studies Confirmation Form (fax to 416-978-8222 OR scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org). We will email you to confirm receipt.
Clearing admission conditions
If you receive a conditional offer of admission, condition(s) will be outlined in your offer letter.
It is your responsibility to submit all required official document(s) to satisfy admission condition(s) by the due date indicated in your offer of admission.
Failure to satisfy condition(s) will jeopardize your entry to the program. Once your condition is cleared, you will receive notification via applicant status portal.
All newly admitted students are required to complete immunization forms before entering the Post-Master NP program. In order to comply with the Public Hospitals Act, other legislation, and to meet the requirements of the students’ nursing practice placement settings, the immunization forms package must be completed in its entirety.
Failure to do so can jeopardize your entry to the Post-Master NP program. Please refer to our Immunization Form FAQ page for more information. Updated information and full details will be sent to newly admitted students via email.
CNO Registration (or CNO equivalent if out of province)
Each Post-Master NP student must submit her/his valid CNO registration number to the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Clinical Assistant by August 15. Each student must re-submit her/his valid CNO registration number to the Faculty on an annual basis.
If you plan to complete your placements outside Ontario, please submit your licensing body’s RN registration details in lieu of a CNO registration number.
Please submit documents c/o Clinical Assistant:
Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing,
155 College Street,
Toronto, ON, M5T 1P8
You can access ACORN as soon as you have accepted your offer of admission. To log in for the first time, you will need your student number, which is located on your Offer of Admission letter. Visit the ACORN home page for instructions on logging in for the first time and setting up a password.
Take some time to explore ACORN where you will do many important things including enrol in courses, monitor your student financial account, print your tuition invoice, and obtain tax documents.
TCard, UT email and UTORid
Your TCard is your University of Toronto student card and is your key to many services and activities at the University and off-campus. Once you have obtained your TCard, you will be able to set-up your UT email account and you will be assigned a UTORid.
Fees, Registration, and Enrolment
A breakdown of your tuition and supplementary fees for the coming year is typically posted in ACORN in mid to late July. You can login to ACORN to monitor your student account and to print out your tuition invoice, once it is available.
You are considered registered as soon as you have paid tuition and incidental fees or have requested to register without payment (i.e. fee deferral). For information on registering without payment (i.e. fee deferral), visit the Graduate Fees section of the SGS website.
Full details on enrolling in courses will be emailed to all students by the Registrar.
Paying your tuition
School of Graduate Studies (SGS): SGS usually holds an orientation session during the first week of September. SGS will email you with full details over the summer.
Newly admitted Post-masters Nurse Practitioner (NP) students: All NP students attend a mandatory residency and orientation which is typically held for the 4 days (Tuesday to Friday from 8am to 6pm) following the Labour Day Monday holiday. Full details will be emailed to NP students over the summer.