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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 Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) Program?

The Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) Program was established in 1995 as a partnership between ten universities and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) (the funder).  The PHCNP Program was a key element in a broader “Nurse Practitioner project” undertaken by MOHLTC in the early 1990s, to create a more comprehensive and cost-effective primary health care system in Ontario. A consortium of nine Ontario universities currently offers the program: Lakehead, York, McMaster, Ottawa, Laurentian, Western, Windsor, Queens and Ryerson. Two hundred students are admitted each year province-wide, and candidates have the option to study in English or French. The program is offered at a Master’s level with seven core courses taken either in conjunction with a larger Master’s in nursing or as a post-Master’s diploma. Master’s in nursing courses ensure that candidates have the theoretical and research foundations for NP practice. A blended learning model is used to deliver the different elements of the curriculum, including online provincial courses, face to face tutorials and labs offered at each university site, and preceptored clinical placements within the home university region. The nine-university partnership model provides access to NP education across the province, including in urban, rural, remote and Francophone communities. read more

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners (PHCNPs) are experienced Registered Nurses with advanced practice nursing education who are specialists in primary health care , which means they play a role in the health care system similar to Family Physicians, but grounded in the nursing profession’s values, knowledge, theories and practice. PHCNPs work independently, perform physical exams, order tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, set and cast fractures, write prescriptions, admit and discharge patients from hospitals and provide referrals. In addition, they provide individuals, families, groups and communities with health services in health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and rehabilitation and support.

PHCNPs contribute to an integrated, localized and cost-effective model of health-care delivery. They fill an important gap in Ontario’s health-care system by providing high-quality primary, acute and specialty services at every level of care and help reduce pressure on the health-care system. In hospital emergency departments, PHCNPs fast-track non-urgent cases and move patients through the system quickly. In long-term care homes, PHCNPs prevent a significant number of emergency room visits by assessing and treating resident issues before they become acute. In communities across Ontario PHCNPs are leaders in primary health-care clinics, providing comprehensive primary care and taking proactive and preventative measures to divert non-acute cases away from overcrowded emergency rooms.

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