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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
  • RN(EC)s 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 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)

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?

Updated on June 28th, 2013.