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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

Courses

The NP courses are usually distributed across two years of full-time study in concert with the university’s Master’s in nursing courses. A part-time option for study is available at some universities. Please consult with the university to which you are enrolling for more specific information.

Roles and Responsibilities – September to April
  Pre-requisite: None

Seminar: Virtual Classroom session every second week.

Roles and Responsibilities can be taken any time prior to the Integrative Practicum and is not dependent on completion of any other NP core course, however it is commonly taken at the beginning of the program

  Description: Compare and contrast advanced practice nursing and related frameworks to develop, integrate, sustain, and evaluate the role of the nurse practitioner within primary health care. Critically analyze and develop strategies to implement advanced practice nursing competencies with a focus on the community.
Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner – September to April (also may be offered in summer)
  Pre/co-requisite: None

Seminar: 3 hours every second week

Pathophysiology must be taken prior to or concurrent with Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I and Therapeutics I

  Description: To examine the concepts of pathophysiology which guide the practice of advanced nursing practice. To study pathophysiological changes in individuals in a primary health care setting by taking into account their age, acuity, chronicity, and evolution of the conditions.
 
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I – September to December
  Pre/co-requisite: Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners

Seminar: 3 hours per week

Clinical: 6.5 hours per week

Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis (AHAD) I & II must be taken prior to or concurrent with Therapeutics I and II

  Description: Analyze and critique concepts and frameworks essential to advanced health assessment and diagnosis using clinical reasoning skills. Apply clinical, theoretical and research knowledge in comprehensive and focused health assessment for the individual client’s diagnostic plan of care.
 
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II – January to April
  Pre-requisite: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I

Seminar: 3 hours per week

Clinical: 6.5 hours per week

AHAD II is a co-requisite or pre-requisite for Therapeutics II

  Description: Integrate knowledge and apply conceptual frameworks integral to advanced health assessment and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making for individuals, groups, and/or families within the nurse practitioner scope of practice based on current research findings.
 
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I – September to December
  Co/Pre-requisite: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I

Seminar: 3 hours per week

Clinical: 6.5 hours per week

AHAD I is a co-requisite or pre-requisite for Therapeutics I

  Description: Critically appraise and interpret concepts and frameworks integral to pharmacotherapy, advanced counselling, and complementary therapies for common conditions across the lifespan. Develop, initiate, manage, and evaluate therapeutic plans of care that incorporate client values and acceptability, goals of therapy, analysis of different approaches, pharmacotherapeutic principles.
 
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II – January to April
  Pre-requisite: Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I

Co-requisite: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II

Seminar: 3 hours per week

Clinical: 6.5 hours per week

AHAD I and Therapeutics 1 are prerequisites for Therapeutics II

  Description: Integrate conceptual frameworks and evidence underlying the study of pharmacotherapy, advanced counselling, and complementary therapies for complex client situations. Demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making.
 
Integrative Practicum – May to August
  Prerequisite: All NP courses Total Course Hours: 455

Seminar: 39 seminar hours

Clinical: 5 full days/week for 12 weeks for a total of 416 hours

All other six core courses must be successfully completed before registration in the Integrative Practicum;

  Description: Synthesize the competencies essential to advanced nursing practice to provide primary health care for clients across the life span. Demonstrate autonomy, decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence scope of practice, professional accountability, and outcomes.
Important Points:
  • All Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner courses require a 70% grade to receive credit for the course and a ‘satisfactory’ in clinical components.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to update their Anatomy and Physiology, Health Assessment and Pharmacology prior to beginning the program. Course content in the program builds on this knowledge and is at an advanced level.

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