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

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.


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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