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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

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Continuing Professional Development - Prescribing Narcotics and Controlled Substances

This module introduces the therapeutic application of narcotics and controlled substances along with the legal and professional competencies and responsibilities required by prescribers.

FAQ

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 basic diagnostic tests (i.e., lab tests and x-rays)
  • This also includes 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
  • Aboriginal Centres
  • Community-based facilities (public health, occupational health, correctional services)
  • Ambulatory Care Centres (i.e., urgent/emergency departments, primary care clinics)
  • Family Health Teams (FHT)
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 download application materials from the university website where they are applying
  • Limited enrollment program
Can it be done through Distance Education?
  • At this point, learners are required to attend labs and tutorials at the university on a regular basis.
  • There is a strong component of distance education and a computer with internet access is required
  • Delivery methods include: CD-ROM, computer-mediated conferencing, print-based materials, tutorials, clinical labs and placements, library resources
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 will be given to Ontario residents
Where can I get more information on nurse practitioners and the program?

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