Nurse Practitioners – Improving health care in communities

The Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP) is an online graduate level program offered through a joint partnership between the Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Regina. Your studies will provide you with the knowledge and skills to write the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination.

The program has received 7 years approval from the College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan (CRNS) which acknowledges that graduates will be eligible for RN(NP) licensure in Saskatchewan after successful completion of the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination. The program has also received 7 years accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).

Growing Role of Nurse Practitioners

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an integral part of the health care system providing care in community settings such as primary care clinics, nursing stations, long term care facilities and in health care teams.

A NP has the authority to perform advanced health assessments, diagnose health problems, order diagnostic tests and prescribe medications. The NP manages all aspects of care from the point of entry to the health care system, through to the community in which they reside, participating in health community policy development, health promotion and illness prevention.

You are encouraged to watch “Nurse Practitioners – It’s about time” on YouTube and its explanation of the important role Nurse Practitioners play across Canada.

Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP)

The CNPP is a full-time, two-year graduate program offered through the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and leads to a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degree. The University of Regina grants the degree and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research guides all academic matters in the program.

This research- and practice-based program consists of 11 courses, each offered online asynchronously and completed over 13 weeks. CNPP enables registered nurses to pursue graduate-level specialized education in their own home community for the theory portion of knowledge development. This includes online student and faculty-led web conference discussions.

To complete the program, 702 clinical practical education hours are completed with qualified nurse practitioner preceptors in approved sites either in or outside your home community.

There is a one-week residency requirement in Regina during the second term of studies (winter term, year 1). The residency week allows you to meet other students and faculty in person and experience high fidelity simulation learning.

As a CNPP student, you should expect to spend a minimum of 15-20 hours per week, participating in discussion forums. You will be required to purchase an electronic mobile device (EMD) like a smart phone or tablet prior to starting the program to access your online courses, online textbooks, streaming video and other electronic health information quickly in a variety of settings. For inquiries and questions, please email