Program Preparation

Admission Process

Applicants can monitor the status of their application online on the student centre screen in MacEwan University’s myStudentSystem.

Assessment, re-assessment and conveyance of admission decisions will occur at specified intervals across the admission cycle, with the plan of having successful applicants for all available seats by the end of that admission cycle.

Those not offered a conditional acceptance at a given assessment point will see a note on their Student Centre regarding their Application Status indicating that their application is still under review. Their files will be reassessed at each assessment/decision interval and as new information becomes available.

Enrolment After Conditional Acceptance

Students who are conditionally accepted into the program will receive email notification and a registration package from the Psychiatric Nursing program before the program lifts the New Student Enrolment Hold.

All acceptances to this program are initially conditional. A conditional acceptance is an offer of acceptance that depends on completion of specified conditions (academic admission requirements and the non-academic admission requirements, e.g., security clearance and program deposit). Once the program deposit is received (as per the deadline identified in letters of conditional acceptance) and all of the academic and non-academic conditions for admission are cleared, the acceptance automatically converts to a clear and final acceptance without another letter being sent by the Office of the Registrar.

Security Clearance

Once conditionally accepted, applicants must submit a current, clear security clearance for working with vulnerable populations – duplicate copies do not meet this requirement. A pardon in progress does not meet the admission requirement for a clear security clearance.


The security clearance report must be dated as issued no earlier than 90 days before program commencement and received in the program office (room 9-506, City Centre Campus) by the academic document deadline. To ensure meeting of the deadline, allow up to 4-6 weeks for processing of the security clearance report by the police.

Many settings for practice placements require evidence of a current, clear security clearance check as a prerequisite for clinical placements. Nursing students are responsible for obtaining current security clearance checks at intervals specified by practice settings, and for making these available, upon request, to placement agency representatives. Students must satisfy agency requirements before beginning a practice placement.


Students must satisfy agency immunization requirements before beginning all practice placements and must therefore maintain current immunization against specified communicable diseases for continued enrolment in the program. Students will receive further information about immunization requirements and process when they start their program, so that they can complete these requirements in the first term of study.

Program Regulations

It is important for applicants and program students to become familiar with the program requirements as outlined in the Academic Calendar. The program regulations provide further clarity on security clearance, immunization status, basic life support certification, the N95 mask, professional code of conduct, regulations governing clinical courses and program standards.

To view the Academic Calendar visit