The nurse practitioner program is a unique consortium model involving the ten university schools of nursing in Ontario. It is taught via distance education methods using print-based materials, audio and/or video conferences, computed mediated learning and web sites. Nurses with a BScN will complete the program over 12 months full-time study or up to 36 months part-time study. The program has been funded until 2004.


(a) evidence of current Registered Nurse Certificate of Registration (College of Nurses of Ontario) or equivalent as approved by the Colleges of Nurses of Ontario
(b) current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate
(c) minimum of 70% overall average from post secondary institution
(d) Applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years full-time nursing practice within the past 5 years. Preference will be given to Ontario residents whose work experience in nursing has been continuous and who have practical experience in one or more of the following areas: primary health care; ambulatory care; public health; community health; long term care; emergency care or outpost nursing.

Application packages are available from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre in Guelph by calling (519)823-1940. For further information check out the NP Network Website at:


1. A student is subject to the General Academic Regulations and the Faculty Regulations as stated in the University Calendar.
2. A mark of at least 70% for each of Nursing 4910, 4915, 4916, 4930, 4935, 4936 and 4940 will be required for credit. Nursing 4915, 4916, 4935, 4936 and 4940 have clinical components graded on a pass/fail basis. Students will be allowed to repeat one course, once only; i.e. not more than one course may be repeated. If a student fails the course on the second try, the student will be required to withdraw from the Nurse Practitioner Program.
3. A student may be excluded from the clinical area when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a student's interaction with a client which places the client and/or student at risk for harm (refer also to the School of Nursing Safety Policy Statement).



1. Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

One Year program

First Year:
(a) Nursing 4910, 4915, 4916, 4930, 4935, 4936
(b) Nursing 4940



Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Nursing 4910
Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner
3-0; or 3-0
A systems approach will be used to examine concepts in pathophysiology as a basis for advanced nursing practice. Common themes that interface with pathophysiological concepts will be integrated into each system such as changes throughout the lifespan, stress, pain, and cellular proliferation. A case study approach will be incorporated in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of diseases in adults and children found in primary health care.

Nursing 4915
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
3-3; 0-0
Prerequisite: Successful completion of a basic health assessment program in an undergraduate Nursing degree. A sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and the principles of therapeutic counselling are also a requirement, as determined by the Primary Learning Assessment.
Introduces concepts and frameworks integral to advanced health assessment and diagnosis in nursing practice. The course emphasizes comprehensive and focussed health assessment, including history taking, physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning as well as laboratory and diagnostic test selection and interpretation for the adult client. This lays the foundation for clinical decision making from data collection to diagnostic plan of care.

Nursing 4916
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
0-0; 3-3
Prerequisite: Nursing 4915
Builds on the knowledge and skill acquired in Nursing 4915 and applies the frameworks, concepts and methods of health assessment and clinical decision making studied in Nursing 4915 to specific populations across the lifespan, to families and to the community. In addition advanced practice skill pertaining to diagnostic test assessment is examined.

Nursing 4930
Nurse Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities
3-0; or 3-0
Examination of the roles and responsibilities of the primary health nurse practitioner in enhancing client health and health services. Historical development, relationships with clients, legal and ethical considerations, scope of practice and relationships with other health providers including functioning in interdisciplinary teams, primary health policy formation and political strategies as well as role transformation, supports, and care of self are addressed.

Nursing 4935
Therapeutics I
3-3; 0-0
Prerequisite or co-requisite: Nursing 4915
Introduces concepts integral to pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies predominantly related to common episodic conditions of clients across the lifespan. The course emphasizes the therapeutic care plan approach which focuses on the following aspects: drug-related problems, goals of therapies, analysis of different therapeutic approaches, need for referral, monitoring parameters, acceptability to the client, and follow-up.

Nursing 4936
Therapeutics II
0-0; 3-3
Prerequisite: Nursing 4915 and 4935
Prerequisite or co-requisite: Nursing 4916
Builds on the knowledge acquired in Nursing 4935 and applies the frameworks and concepts of pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies predominantly to clients with chronic conditions and special populations.

Nursing 4940
Integrative Practicum
Prerequisite: All courses in the Nurse Practitioner program must be successfully completed before the Integrative Practicum.
This 13 week consolidation during May to August is designed to be the final course in the nurse practitioner program, to be taken after all other course work in the NP certificate program is successfully completed. This course will build on student's knowledge and experience gained in previous courses, and focus on methods to allow the student to integrate theory and practice. The course is divided into two integrated and concurrent parts: Seminars and Clinical Practicum. Students will be evaluated in both parts of the course. Seminars are designed to allow students to discuss and apply theories about the management of patients' clinical manifestations; to promote dialogue and critical thinking in the application of theory to practice; to support problem based learning and the study of real life case examples; and to provide clinical experiences pertinent to the integration of knowledge. Students will identify objectives for the course with the assistance and approval of academic and clinical advisors. Student objectives will be separate from but related to the course objectives and will reflect the particular learning needs of the individual student. An exchange of settings (urban, semi-rural and rural) based on students' learning needs, goals and contracts will be encouraged. Successful completion of the practicum indicates completion of the Nurse Practitioner Program.

See also:
Nursing Courses

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