School of Nursing Graduate Program


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The application deadline date for September admissions is January 15.

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Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Diploma

Post-Master’s degree applicants who wish the Graduate Diploma in primary health care nurse practitioner (PHCNP). Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners (PHC NPs) are registered nurses, who are specialists in primary health care, who provide accessible, comprehensive and effective care to clients of all ages. They are experienced nurses with additional nursing education which enables them to provide individuals, families, groups and communities with health services in health promotion, disease and injury prevention, cure, rehabilitation and support.

The Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) established the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHC NP) Programme in 1995. A consortium of nine Ontario universities offers the program. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam Examination: Family/All Ages to qualify as an NP-PHC.

Where do primary health care nurses 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)


  1. Download the application supporting document for this program
  2. A completed Master’s degree in nursing with McMaster B+ average (or equivalent).
  3. Two years of full time nursing practice within the past five years (3640 hours).
  4. Two academic and two clinical references.
  5. Personal essay responding to four questions related to suitability for the PHCNP program (one page per question, single space, 12 font)


REQUIRED COURSES Seven half courses:

NUR 761 Pathophysiology
NUR 762 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis 1
NUR 763 Advanced health Assessment and Diagnosis II
NUR 764 Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NUR 765 Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II
NUR 766 Roles and Responsibilities
NUR 767 Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care
SGS 101 and SGS 201

Requirements for Degree Completion

Once the courses have been completed successfully, students are eligible to write their RN (Extended Class) exams.

Click here for a Timetable of Course Requirements for the PHCNP Program.

Completion Time:

Students may be full-time or part-time. Full time students complete the program in one year, part time students complete the program over two years.

Open House

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
HSC Farncombe Atrium (3rd Floor)

10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Phd, MSc Thesis and MSc Course based

1:00 p.m. to 3:00p.m.
MSc combined PHCNP and PHCNP Diploma

For details and registration contact: Mary Lynn Taylor at