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Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners (Diploma)

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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.

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The professors included in the list below are members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This means that they are authorized to supervise or co-supervise theses. A complete list of the faculty and staff members associated with the program can be found at http://www.health.uottawa.ca/




Candidates for the Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners Diploma will be considered for admission under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS).

The admission requirements are as follows:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing;
  • Master’s degree in nursing or related discipline (e.g. education, health administration, public health);
  • Overall average of at least 70% (B) calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines;
  • Current certificate of competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario;
  • The equivalent of two years nursing practice (3,640 hours) as a registered nurse within the last five years.

Application deadline

The application deadline for a fall admission is the February 1st. However, applications received after the deadline will be reviewed and admission offers could be made providing that space is still available in the program. Please note that because of course sequencing and others factors, a student can only be admitted for a fall entry to the program. Preference is given to Ontario applicants.

Please note that all students admitted to the School of Nursing must comply with the immunization regulations of the Faculty of Health Sciences - (immunization, CPR) prior to registration.

Documents required

The following documents are required to be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Roger Guindon Hall, Room RNG 2016, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, K1H 8M5):

  • The official "Application for Admission On-line - Graduate Studies" form;
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary studies;
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter from a health professional with whom you have worked);
  • Verification of Employment Hours Form documenting 3,640 hours of nursing practice within the last 5 years;
  • Personnal Essay from responding to three questions (maximum 1,500 words.)
  • A copy of a current certificate of registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario.

The diploma requires 30 credits as follows:

NSG5350 Pathophysiology for the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5360 Roles and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5370 Advanced health assessment and diagnosis I (3cr.)
NSG5375 Advanced health assessment and diagnosis II (3cr.)
NSG5380 Therapeutics in primary health care I (3cr.)
NSG5385 Therapeutics in primary health care II (3cr.)
NSG5401 Integrative practicum (12cr.)

A typical program sequence would be the following:

Full-time

• Fall, session 1
NSG5350 Pathophysiology for the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5360 Roles and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5370 Advanced health assessment and diagnosis I (3cr.)
NSG5380 Therapeutics in primary health care I (3cr.)

• Winter, session 2
NSG5350 Pathophysiology for the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5360 Roles and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5375 Advanced health assessment and diagnosis II (3cr.)
NSG5385 Therapeutics in primary health care II (3cr.)

• Spring, session 3
NSG5401 Integrative practicum (12cr.)

Part-time – 2 years

• Fall, year 1, session 1
NSG5350 Pathophysiology for the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5370

• Winter, year 1, session 2
NSG5350 Pathophysiology for the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5375 Advanced health assessment and diagnosis II (3cr.)

• Fall, year 2, session 3
NSG5360 Roles and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5380 Therapeutics in primary health care I (3cr.)

• Winter, year 2, session 4
NSG5360 Roles and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5385 Therapeutics in primary health care II (3cr.)

• Spring, year 2, session 5
NSG5401 Integrative practicum (12cr.)

Part-time – 3 years

• Fall, year 1, session 1
NSG5350 Pathophysiology for the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5360 Roles and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.

• Winter, year 1, session 2
NSG5350 Pathophysiology for the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.
NSG5360 Roles and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
This course is divided into two segments (1 in autumn, 1 in winter) equivalent to 1.5 cr. each.

• Fall, year 2, session 3
NSG5370 Advanced health assessment and diagnosis I (3cr.)

• Winter, year 2, session 4
NSG5375 Advanced health assessment and diagnosis II (3cr.)

• Fall, year 3, session 5
NSG5380 Therapeutics in primary health care I (3cr.)

• Winter, year 3, session 6
NSG5385 Therapeutics in primary health care II (3cr.)

• Spring, year 3, session 7
NSG5401 Integrative practicum (12cr.)

Minimum Standards

The minimum passing grade in all courses is B (70%). Students who fail two courses or the same course twice or NSG5401 must withdraw.

Duration of the Program

The requirements of the diploma are usually fulfilled within three years of initial registration to the program.
NSG5350 Pathophysiology for the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
Examine theoretical and practice related concepts in pathophysiology as a basis for advanced nursing practice. Explore alterations in physiological function with an emphasis on age-related, acute, episodic, and chronic conditions found in primary health care practice. Seminar: 3 hours/week. Course for PHCNP students only.

NSG5360 Roles and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner (3cr.)
Compare and contrast advanced practice nursing and related frameworks to develop, integrate, sustain, and evaluate the role of the nurse practitioner within primary health care. Critically analyze and develop strategies to implement advanced practice nursing competencies with a focus on the community. Seminar: 3 hours/week Course for PHCNP students only.

NSG5370 Advanced health assessment and diagnosis I (3cr.)
Analyze and critique concepts and frameworks essential to advanced health assessment and diagnosis using clinical reasoning skills. Apply clinical, theoretical and research knowledge in comprehensive and focused health assessment for the individual client’s diagnostic plan of care. Course for PHCNP students only. Prerequisite or co-requisite: NSG5350.

NSG5375 Advanced health assessment and diagnosis II (3cr.)
Integrate knowledge and apply conceptual frameworks integral to advanced health assessment and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making for individuals, groups, and/or families within the nurse practitioner scope of practice based on current research findings. Seminar: 3 hours per week. Clinical: 6 hours per week. Course for PHCNP students only. Prerequisite: NSG5370.

NSG5380 Therapeutics in primary health care I (3cr.)
Critically appraise and interpret concepts and frameworks integral to pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for common conditions across the lifespan. Develop, initiate, manage, and evaluate therapeutic plans of care that incorporate client values and acceptability, goals of therapy, analysis of different approaches, pharmacotherapeutic principles. Course for PHCNP students only. Prerequisite or co-requisite: NSG5370.

NSG5385 Therapeutics in primary health care II (3cr.)
Integrate conceptual frameworks and evidence underlying the study of pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for complex client situations. Demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making. Course for PHCNP students only. Prerequisite: NSG5380. Co-requisite: NSG5375.

NSG5401 Integrative practicum (12cr.)
Synthesize the competencies essential to advanced nursing practice to provide primary health care for clients across the life span. Demonstrate autonomy, decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence scope of practice, professional accountability, and outcomes. Course for PHCNP students only. Prerequisites: NSG 5350, NSG 5360, NSG 5370, NSG 5375, NSG 5380 and NSG 5385.

NSG5750 Physiopathologie pour infirmières et infirmiers praticiens (3cr.)
Examen des concepts théoriques et pratiques reliés à la physiopathologie comme fondement de la pratique de niveau avancé des soins infirmiers. Exploration des changements aux fonctions physiologiques en mettant l’accent sur les modifications liées à l’âge, aux troubles aigus, épisodiques et chroniques rencontrés dans la pratique en soins de santé primaires. Cours pour étudiantes CSSPIIP seulement. Séminaire : 3 heures / semaine.

NSG5760 Rôles et responsabilités des infirmières et infirmiers praticiens (3cr.)
Comparaison et mise en contraste des cadres de référence en pratique de soins infirmiers de niveau avancé et d’autres cadres connexes afin de développer, d’intégrer, de soutenir, et d’évaluer le rôle de l’infirmière et de l’infirmier praticiens en soins de santé primaires. Analyse critique et élaboration de stratégies pour la mise en œuvre de compétences en pratique de soins infirmiers de niveau avancé axés sur la communauté. Cours réservé aux étudiantes en soins de santé primaires. Séminaire : 3 heures / semaine.

NSG5770 Formation avancée en évaluation de la santé et diagnostic I (3cr.)
Analyse et critique des concepts et des cadres de référence essentiels à la formation avancée en évaluation de la santé et en diagnostic en utilisant des habiletés de raisonnement clinique. Application des connaissances cliniques, théoriques et de recherche à l’évaluation complète de la santé axée sur le diagnostic et le plan de soins individualisé du client. Cours pour étudiantes CSSPIIP seulement. Séminaire : 3 heures par semaine. Clinique : 6 heures par semaine. Préalable ou concomitant : NSG5750.

NSG5775 Formation avancée en évaluation de la santé et diagnostic II (3cr.)
Intégration des connaissances et application des cadres conceptuels comme partie intégrante à l’évaluation de la santé et au diagnostic dans la pratique des soins infirmiers de niveau avancé. Initiative, sens de responsabilité et responsabilisation dans la prise de décisions complexes à l’égard d’individus, de groupes et de familles à l’intérieur du champ de pratique de l’infirmière et infirmier praticiens, lesquelles sont fondées sur l’état des résultats actuels de recherche. Cours pour étudiantes CSSPIIP seulement. Séminaire : 3 heures par semaine. Clinique : 6 heures par semaine. Préalable : NSG5770.

NSG5780 Méthodes thérapeutiques en soins de santé primaires I (3cr.)
Évaluation critique et interprétation des concepts et des cadres de référence comme partie intégrante de la pharmacothérapie, du counseling de niveau avancé et des thérapies complémentaires, pour des conditions communes à tous les âges de la vie. Développement, initiation, gestion et évaluation des plans de soins thérapeutiques qui intègrent les valeurs des clients, l’acceptabilité, les buts de la thérapie, l’analyse des différentes approches et les principes de la thérapie pharmacologique. Cours pour étudiantes CSSPIIP seulement. Séminaire : 3 heures par semaine. Clinique : 6 heures par semaine. Préalable ou concomitant : NSG5770.

NSG5785 Méthodes thérapeutiques en soins de santé primaires II (3cr.)
Intégration des cadres conceptuels et des faits sous-jacents à l’étude de la pharmacothérapie, du counseling de niveau avancé et des thérapies complémentaires, pour les situations complexes des clients. Haut niveau d’initiative, de sens des responsabilités, et de responsabilisation en situation de prise de décision complexe. Séminaire : 3 heures par semaine. Clinique : 6 heures par semaine. Cours pour étudiantes CSSPIIP seulement. Préalable : NSG5780. Concomitant : NSG5775.

NSG5801 Stage d’intégration (12cr.)
Synthèse des compétences essentielles à la pratique des soins infirmiers de niveau avancé afin de dispenser des soins de santé primaires aux clients à tous les âges de la vie. Autonomie, prise de décision et analyse critique à l’égard des enjeux organisationnels et systémiques qui exercent une influence sur l’étendue de la pratique, la responsabilisation professionnelle et les résultats attendus. Cours pour étudiantes CSSPIIP seulement. Préalables : NSG 5750, NSG 5760, NSG 5770, NSG 5775, NSG 5780 et NSG 5785.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1H 8M5
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