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

Educating Nurse Practitioners in Primary Health Care

Today there are over 2,000 Nurse Practitioner (NPs) practicing in Ontario and over 70% of them graduated from Ontario’s Primary Health Care (PHC) NP Program.
The Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) Program educates and prepares nurses for advanced practice as NPs-PHC to deliver quality healthcare for Ontarians.
The nine university site consortium is composed of the participating Schools of Nursing (Lakehead, Laurentian, McMaster, Ottawa, Queen’s, Ryerson, Western, Windsor and York).

As an advanced practice nurse, NPs are educated to diagnose, order tests, and prescribe medications and treatments.
NPs work directly with individuals, families, groups, and communities and they can admit and discharge patients to and from hospitals.

NPs in primary health care take care of patients and their families across all age groups.
They work in clinics, health centres, family health teams, and in NP clinics, long term care facilities as well as in emergency departments and hospitals.

NPs provide access to health care by taking care of someone coming in with a minor illness or who needs an immunization or a well-baby visit.
Almost 1 in 5 NP-PHC graduates practice and provide care in rural and remote areas.

NPs partner and work alongside physicians, health care professionals and within the overall health care system.

NPs-PHC are nurse leaders who focus on an individual, a family, a group, and practice in communities to enhance wellness and prevent disease.

Remember to ‘Ask a NP’ about your health care needs.
They provide compassionate, excellent, accessible primary health care for Ontarians!

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