Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Education in Ontario is delivered by a consortium of nine universities under COUPN (Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing). For details contact one of the consortium universities directly.

Our Courses

  • Pathophysiology
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis I
  • Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis II
  • Therapeutics I
  • Therapeutics II
  • Integrative Practicum

Examples of places where NPs work

  • Community Health Centres
  • Long Term Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Aboriginal Centres
  • Community-based facilities
  • Ambulatory Care Centres
  • Family Health Teams

What is the PHCNP Program?

The Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) established the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHC NP) Programme in 1995. A consortium of nine Ontario universities offers the program: Lakehead, York, McMaster, Ottawa, Laurentian, Western, Windsor, Queens and Ryerson. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam Examination: Family/All Ages to qualify as an NP-PHC.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners (PHC NPs) are registered nurses, who are specialists in primary health care, who provide accessible, comprehensive and effective care to clients of all ages. They are experienced nurses with additional nursing education which enables them to provide individuals, families, groups and communities with health services in health promotion, disease and injury prevention, cure, rehabilitation and support.


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A preceptor is a health professional who participates in the education of learners. Some authors believe that mentorship differs from preceptorship in that mentorship is longer term which allows for a personal relationship to develop between peers. read more

Prescribing Narcotics and Controlled Substances - CPD

This module introduces the therapeutic application of narcotics and controlled substances along with the legal and professional competencies and responsibilities required by prescribers or those who support care of patients who’s conditions are managed with these therapeutic agents.


The Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario is the professional voice for Nurse Practitioners in Ontario. Our mission is to achieve full integration of Nurse Practitioners to ensure accessible high quality health care for all. http://npao.org

2018 NPAO Annual Conference
Nurse Practitioners: Closing the Healthcare Gap.

The conference will meet your continuing education needs by providing evidence-based educational sessions, hands-on workshops, and skill-building forums that deliver comprehensive, results-oriented patient care strategies. With approximately 48 sessions, updates on provincial legislation, expert speakers who will both educate and entertain you with their presentations, an exhibit hall filled with the latest goods and services for NPs and students, and plenty of networking opportunities, this conference is a must attend event! Click here to see the program and registration information.

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