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Graduate Diploma Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners

Program Description

The goal of the program is to educate enrolled nurses for an advanced practice role as a primary health care nurse practitioner (PHCNP). The graduates of this program are prepared to assume leadership roles in improving the quality of nursing care as nurse practitioners in various primary health care settings.

The program provides rigorous academic preparation based on theory, research, and practice to address health-related phenomena experienced by individuals, families, groups and communities.

The Diploma is offered as a post master’s degree option.

Courses are offered in person. Each student is assigned a clinic placement in Eastern Ontario (Ottawa and surrounding regions). Graduate students must arrange their own transportation to their placements.

How much time in clinical placements?

Students in the PHCNP/IIP program complete 78 hours of clinical practice in a primary health care setting with a NP preceptor for each of the following courses: NURS/SCIN 5356, 5357, 5326, 5327.  They also complete 35 hours/ week X 12 weeks (420 hrs) in clinical placement during NURS/IIP 5395.  This final course is a consolidation of all clinical learning throughout the PHCNP program.

Other Graduate Programs Offered Within Nursing

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science Nursing / Diploma Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners
  • Master of Science in Nursing Specialization in Feminist and Gender Studies
  • Doctorate in Philosophy Nursing
  • Fast-Track from the MScN Program to the PhD program

Program Learning Outcomes

Depth and breadth of knowledge

Integrate NP practice experience with a Master of nursing level of theory, diagnostic reasoning, and related knowledge, in collaboration with the client and healthcare team to meet the primary healthcare needs of residents in Ontario.

Research and scholarships

Apply and disseminate knowledge and collaborative research activities to embed evidence into practice.

Level of application of knowledge
  • Practice safely, ethically, competently, and with integrity as an entry-level NP within the primary healthcare area of specialty and within the NP-PHC role, scope of practice, competencies, standards, and regulatory framework specific to the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Understand and recognize legislative and political forces that drive health policy in order to manage the interaction between clients, systems of care and primary health care outcomes.
Professional capacity/autonomy
  • Practice safely, ethically, competently, and with integrity as an entry-level NP within the primary healthcare area of specialty and within the NP-PHC role, scope of practice, competencies, standards, and regulatory framework specific to the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Demonstrate advanced nursing leadership competencies such as acting as an agent of change, advocating for primary healthcare policy and health services changes, resolving conflicts and acting or addressing professional and client-related ethical issues.
  • Demonstrate intra-and interprofessional competencies related to practice, teaching and scholarship.
  • Enact the PHCNP program’s philosophy and concepts including advanced nursing practice, primary healthcare, scholarship-sustained practice, relationshipcentered practice, and collaborative practice.
Level of communications skills
  • Understand and recognize legislative and political forces that drive health policy in order to manage the interaction between clients, systems of care and primary health care outcomes.
  • Show effective communication, collaboration, and consultation skills with the healthcare team and clients.
Awareness of limits of knowledge

Practice safely, ethically, competently, and with integrity as an entry-level NP within the primary healthcare area of specialty and within the NP-PHC role, scope of practice, competencies, standards, and regulatory framework specific to the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Fees and Funding

Program fees: The estimated amount for university fees associated with this program are available under the section Finance your studies. To learn about possibilities for financing your graduate studies, consult the Awards and financial support section.

Options

On-campus*

Full-time or Part-time

English or French

Program option (expected duration of the program):

with coursework (3 full-time terms; 12 months)

Apply for admission

Questions on admissions? Contact the graduate office at the School of Nursing.

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