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 a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner?
  • A Registered Nurse with advanced education, skills, and extended class (EC) registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • An RN(EC) with a specialty of primary health care holds the title of NP-PHC
  • RN(EC)s/NP-PHCs have the independent authority to perform additional controlled acts including: diagnosing of common diseases, prescribing & administration of certain treatments and medications, and ordering diagnostic tests (e.g., lab tests and x-rays)
  • PHCNPs also provide health promotion, disease prevention and wellness care for families, individuals, and communities
Where do primary health care nurse practitioners work?
Where ever there is a need for primary health care services, including:

  • Community Health Centres
  • Long Term Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Indigenous health centres
  • Community-based facilities (public health, occupational health, correctional services)
  • Urgentcare andemergency departments
  • Family Health Teams (FHT)
  • Physicians’ Offices
What is the deadline to apply for the program?
  • Applicant information deadline is available from the university website where you are applying.
How do I apply?
  • Applicants may access application materials from the university website where they are applying
  • Limited enrollment program
Can it be done online?
  • Learners are required to attend labs and tutorials at the university on a regular basis.
  • Online education is a key component and a computer with internet access is required
  • Delivery methods include: online learning modules, discussion forums, virtual classrooms, face to face tutorials, clinical labs and placements, library resources and textbooks.
What are the minimum eligibility requirements?
  • Current Ontario Certificate of Competence (RN)
  • GPA of B or higher in undergraduate nursing program (see specific university requirements)
  • Equivalence of 2 years of direct nursing (RN) experience in the last five years (3,640 hours)
  • Preference is given to Ontario residents

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