The School of Nursing offers a diploma in Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners. The goal of the program is to educate registered nurses for an advanced practice role as a primary health care nurse practitioner (NP). 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 School of Nursing is committed to assisting students to achieve the following objectives:
- Synthesize complex health information using advanced diagnostic reasoning and critical thinking skills.
Critically appraise current evidence to support best practices.
Provide comprehensive evidence based on primary health care to clients and families across the lifespan applying clinical, theoretical and research knowledge.
Evaluate existing community level primary health care programs and develop new programs to meet the primary health care needs of the community.
Evaluate and influence policies affecting the health of the community.
Practice autonomously within a collaborative, interprofessional model to promote client health.
Deliver primary health care utilizing the roles (researcher, educator, and leader, collaborator, and change agent) recognized as advanced nursing practice.
The Diploma is offered in English and French as a post master’s degree option on a full-time or part-time basis. According to university regulations, students have the right to use French or English in their dealings with the Central Administration and the General Services and with the administration of the faculty or school where they are registered. Except in language courses, students have the right to produce their work and answer examination questions in the official language of their choice (either English or French).
Courses are offered using a combination of face-to-face and distance modalities. Clinical placements must occur within the geographical zone/catchment of the Ottawa area.