School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies




"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

Susan Downey
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



Program Overview

The graduate nursing programs at Queen’s University are designed for students interested in nursing research and advanced 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 two fields of study: Chronic Health Conditions and Transitions in Health and Illness. 

Our MN(PHCNP) (Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program) gives you the opportunity to prepare for advanced practice in primary health care nursing.  Our PHCNP Diploma is for nurses who already have a master’s degree and wish to prepare for advanced practice in primary health care nursing.


Our students have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants or research assistants, receive training in conducting systematic reviews, and attend a series of workshops to support academic, personal, and professional success. 

Career paths – employment opportunities

Our recent graduates now hold positions as Advanced practice nurses, Administrators, and Assistant Professors

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.
Graduate Diploma in Pain Care: 8 months part time (starting Fall 2018)

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 exam, research thesis
MNSc. : Course work, research thesis
MN(PHCNP): Course work, project
PHCNP Diploma: Course work. For full details go to the Nursing website
Graduate Diploma in Pain Care: Course work (online) + 1 week on site course. For full details go to the Nursing website

Fields of study and Supervisors

Ph.D. and MNSc programs: advance contact with supervisors is not required, but we recommend reviewing our website to learn about faculty members’ areas of research. On your application form, you will be asked to list 3 faculty members as potential supervisors. You will be matched with one of these potential supervisors upon acceptance to the program..

  • Joan Almost, RN, Ph.D., Practice environments; workplace relationships; leadership.
  • Dana Edge, RN, Ph.D., Health of populations living in rural and remote Canada.
  • Christina Godfrey, RN, Ph.D., Chronic disease management; knowledge translation; system review methodology.
  • Katie Goldie, RN, Ph.D, Chronic disease risk reduction in mental health and addictive disorders..
  • Jennifer Medves, RN, Ph.D., Nursing in healthy rural workplaces.
  • Maria del Pilar Camargo Plazas RN, Ph.D., Inequities in vulnerable populations with chronic illness; global health
  • Mona Sawhney, RN (EC), Ph.D.,Evidence-based management of pain and adverse symptoms.
  • Kim Sears, RN, Ph.D.,Advancing quality care, reducing risk and improving patient safety.
  • Joan Tranmer, RN, Ph.D., Chronic cardiovascular and cancer conditions; nurse led delivery systems.
  • Deborah Treguno, RN,  Ph.D.,Patient safety, teamwork leadership, and simulation.
  • Elizabeth Van DenKerkhof, RN, D.P.H., 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.,Chronic disease management; wound management.
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Ph.D. and MNSc students qualify for research assistantships (RA), teaching assistantships (TA), Queen’s Graduate Awards (QGA) and internal awards. We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (CIHR, OGS, etc.). Entering students with federal government Tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (MSc), $10,000 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.

MN(PHCNP) students qualify for some RA and TA’s.

Academic Prerequisites

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

MN.Sc.& MN(PHCNP):Baccalaureate degree in Nursing with B average (3.0 GPA), registration (or registration eligibility) as RN with College of Nurses of Ontario, malpractice insurance, undergraduate courses in research methods & statistics. Admission to MN(PHCNP) also requires equivalent of 2 years of full-time RN practice within past 5 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