Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners (PHCNP)

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Shifts in healthcare delivery in Ontario mean that Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners are able to provide individuals, families, groups and all types of communities with services such as health promotion, disease and injury prevention, acute and chronic disease management, rehabilitation and support.

This innovative PHCNP is part of a provincial consortium of university partners and York’s program will prepare advanced practice nurses with expertise in primary health care and with specialized knowledge in health promotion, empowerment, community partnerships, human science nursing, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

PHCNP Overview

The PHCNP program utilizes diverse learning modalities. Two of the 7 PHCNP courses are offered on-line, four require seminar attendance here at York, and five require clinical placements. Clinical placements for York University students are in the GTA only. Please see the map on the link to the NP website. All students will be required to travel to class and to clinical placements sites.

Students enrolled in PHCNP must successfully complete 12 core credits from the MScN program which will be taught by York School of Nursing graduate faculty (NURS 5100 6.0: Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science, NURS 5200 3.0: Qualitative Research Methods in Nursing Science, and NURS 5300 3.0: Quantitative Research Methods in Nursing Science) prior to beginning the seven PCHNP courses. Students will take NURS 5880 0.0 Practice-based Research Proposal (PRP) along with the PHCNP courses after completion of Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II (NURS 5840 3.0) if part-time or simultaneously with their final Integrative Practicum (NURS5870 6.0) if full–time. This non-credit course provides students with the opportunity for a critical and analytic reflection on a topic/issue/problem related to the student's practicum experience. Students will be supervised in the preparation of a research proposal by graduate faculty members in the School of Nursing at York University.

Full–time students will complete the program in 6 consecutive semesters and part-time students in three to four years, depending on course load. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam Examination: Family/All Ages to qualify as an NP–PHC.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing Degree:
Four graduate core courses as follows:

  • NURS 5100 3.0: Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NURS 5200 3.0: Qualitative Research Methods in Nursing
  • NURS 5300 3.0: Quantitative Research Methods in Nursing
  • NURS 5880 0.0: Practice-based Research Proposal (PRP)
  • NURS 5750 3.0: Interpretation & Data Analysis

Or

  • NURS 5700 3.0 Applied Intermediate Statistics

To complete the PHCNP: 12 Core Credits from the MScN Program and the following must be fulfilled:
Seven graduate core NP courses offered through the COUPN consortium:

  • NURS 5810 3.0: Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners
  • NURS 5820 3.0: PHCNP Roles and Responsibilities
  • NURS 5830 3.0: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
  • NURS 5840 3.0: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
  • NURS 5850 3.0: Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
  • NURS 5860 3.0: Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II
  • NURS 5870 6.0: Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care

Courses

York Program—MScN–PHCNP
Graduate Program, School of Nursing
Progression Policy

Students in all streams of the graduate program are expected to be registered every term and to take courses every term in order to progress through the program. The program offers a set program of study. Courses must be taken in the sequence outlined in the Student Handbook. If circumstances arise students can petition for a leave of absence from the program as allowed by the policies of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. It is the student’s responsibility to develop a plan for resuming their course of study on return from a leave of absence.

Effective September 2018 graduate students in nursing entering in the program will require at least a B grade in core courses in order to progress in the program. If Students are not successful in earning at least a B after two attempts in a core course they will be exited from the program.

SoN Filming in the NSC Policy (.pdf)

PHCNP > Study Plan

The course schedule for full-time and part-time students is as follows. Following of the sequence of courses is mandatory for all students.
Fall term: September-December;
Winter term: January-April;
Summer term: May-August.

Students in all streams of the graduate program are expected to be registered every term and to take courses every term in order to progress through the program. The program offers a set program of study. Courses must be taken in the sequence outlined in the Student Handbook. If circumstances arise students can petition for a leave of absence from the program as allowed by the policies of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. It is the student’s responsibility to develop a plan for resuming their course of study on return from a leave of absence.

Effective September 2018 graduate students in nursing entering in the program will require at least a B grade in core courses in order to progress in the program. If Students are not successful in earning at least a B after two attempts in a core course they will be exited from the program.

Full-time Course Schedule: Effective September 2017
Year Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 NURS5100 3.0
Theoretical/philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
*Core Option 5750 3.0
Interpretation & Data Analysis
OR
*Core Option 5700 3.0
Applied Intermediate Statistics
*Required to take one core option—either 5700 3.0 OR 5750 3.0
NURS 5810 3.0
Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners (Sept – Apr)
NURS5830 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
NURS5840 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
Year 2 NURS 5820 3.0:
PHCNP Roles and Responsibilities (Sept – Apr)
NURS 5870 6.0:
Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care
NURS5880 0.0
Practice-based Research Proposal
NURS5850 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NURS5860 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II

3–Year Part–time Program Schedule: Effective September 2017
Year Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 NURS5100 3.0
Theoretical/philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
*Core Option 5750 3.0
Interpretation & Data Analysis
OR
*Core Option 5700 3.0
Applied Intermediate Statistics
*Required to take one core option—either 5700 3.0 OR 5750 3.0
Year 2 NURS5830 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
NURS5840 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
NURS5880 0.0
Practice-based Research Proposal
NURS 5810 3.0
Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners (Sept – Apr)
Year 3 NURS 5820 3.0
PHCNP Roles and Responsibilities (Sept – Apr)
NURS5870 6.0
Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care
NURS5850 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NURS5860 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II

Full–time Course Schedule: Effective September 2016
Year Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 5810 3.0
Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners (Sept – Apr)
NURS 5830 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnosis I
NURS 5840 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnosis II
Year 2 NURS 5820 3.0:
PHCNP Roles & Responsibilities (Sept – Apr)
NURS 5870 6.0
Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care
NURS 5880 0.0
Practice–based Research Proposal
NURS 5850 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NURS 5860 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II

3–Year Part–time Program Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
Year 2 NURS 5830 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnosis I
NURS 5840 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnosis II
NURS 5880 0.0
Practice–based Research Proposal
NURS 5810 3.0:
Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners (Sept – Apr)
Year 3 NURS 5820 3.0:
PHCNP Roles and Responsibilities (Sept – Apr)
NURS 5870 6.0
Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care
NURS 5850 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NURS 5860 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II

Full–time Course Schedule: Prior to September 2016
Year Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 5810 3.0
Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners (Sept – Apr)
Year 2 NURS 5820 3.0:
PHCNP Roles & Responsibilities (Sept – Apr)
NURS 5870 6.0
Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care
NURS 5830 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnosis I
NURS 5840 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnosis II
NURS 5880 0.0
Practice–based Research Proposal
NURS 5850 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NURS 5860 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II

3-Year Part-time Program Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 NURS 5100 6.0
Theoretical/philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science
NURS 5300 3.0
Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
NURS 5200 3.0
Qualitative Methods in Nursing Science
Year 2 NURS 5830 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnosis I
NURS 5840 3.0
Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnosis II
NURS 5880 0.0
Practice-based Research Proposal
NURS 5810 3.0:
Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners (Sept – Apr)
Year 3 NURS 5820 3.0:
PHCNP Roles and Responsibilities (Sept – Apr)
NURS 5870 6.0
Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care
NURS 5850 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NURS 5860 3.0
Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II

New Students' Information

Welcome New Students!

There will be an on-site full week Program Orientation for the Program preceding the start of the Fall term.  *Please note: Attendance is mandatory.

The NP orientation will be on June 12, 2019

Program Orientation 2019 (.ppt)

Supplementary Guide 2019–2020 (.pdf)

How to Apply

PHCNP—Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for admission to the PHCNP, applicants must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (or equivalent such as a Bachelor of Nursing degree) from an accredited university program, with a minimum B average in the last two years of study.
  • Be a member of CNO, CNA
  • Be a member of, and carry liability protection from CNPS or NPAO, or equivalent
  • Candidate preference will be given to:
    • Ontario residents
    • work experience in nursing that has been continuous
    • current experience in any setting which demonstrates critical thinking, potential to work with clients in a collaborative, holistic, family–centred practice, or advancement of evidence based practice
  • Evidence of the equivalence of 2 years full–time nursing practice as a Registered Nurse following graduation (= 3640 hours within the past 5 years)

Applications
The application deadline for the Programs starting in September 2021 is January 15, 2021.

There will be an on-site full week Program Orientation for the Program preceding the start of the Fall 2021 term.  *Please note: The Orientation is only for those who have been admitted to the program. Attendance is mandatory.

Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program Consortium online.

Tuition Information
Visit the Office of Student Financial Services web site for current fee schedule.

Admission Enquiries
For any questions related to the application procedure, please contact the department for details.

How to apply

  1. Online application;
  2. You will receive your York University student number/reference number and access to myfile portal 3 -4 business days after completing the online application.
  3. You may upload unofficial transcripts in your myfile account. If admitted to the program applicants are required to submit official transcripts. All official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution. If you are a York graduate—York transcripts are not required. York University mailing address.
  4. Send supplementary documents such as "Verification of Employment hours form" and official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions: and you may upload your all other documents online.
    • completed Supplementary-Application-Form-PHCNP-
    • resume ( use grad-mscn-resume as an example so you have an idea of what to include in your resume) grad-mscn-resume (.pdf)
    • personal statement (Statement of interest) (please refer to the Supplementary application form (.pdf) for details)
    • three recommendation letters (please refer to the supplementary application form for details of references and referee information).Please input your referee correct contact details in your MyFile account; University will contact then for a reference. Recommendation form will be available within 72 hours after you submit your online-application.
    • Evidence of the equivalence of 2 years full-time nursing practice as a Registered Nurse following graduation (= 3640 hours within the past 5 years) Verification of Employment Hours (.pdf)
    • photocopy of CNO, CNA, CNPS or NPAO memberships or equivalent
    • English language proficiency test, if required http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/graduate/apply-now/elp

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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?