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Master of Science Nursing with Graduate Diploma Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners

The goal of the graduate diploma program is to educate enrolled nurses for an advanced practice role as a primary health care nurse practitioner (PHCNP). 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 combined program (MScN + PHCNP) provides rigorous academic preparation based on theory, research, and practice to address health-related phenomena experienced by individuals, families, groups and communities.

The courses from the PHCNP Diploma are offered using a combination of face-to-face and distance modalities. Each student is assigned a clinic placement in Eastern Ontario (Ottawa and surrounding regions). Graduate students must arrange their own transportation to their placements.

The Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) is a national association of post-secondary institutions that offer educational programs in French for various health-care professions. 

The CNFS aims to improve access to health-care services in French in minority language communities by training Francophone health-care professionals and by supporting research related to this training and to the needs of these communities. 

The University of Ottawa is one of 16 CNFS member institutions. 

Its role is to support the health-care sector students, professors, researchers, professionals and supervisors who are involved in its targetted programs in three faculties, namely the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Course sequence

Program learning outcomes

Depth and breadth of Knowledge

  • Evaluate and critique theories and concepts related to nursing
  • Analyze complex problems in nursing
  • Synthesize and critique the literature pertaining to a domain of practice or research

Research and scholarships

  • Understand research techniques for creating and interpreting nursing
  • Adopt an ethical approach in the thesis or clinical project

Level of application of knowledge

  • Make a contribution to an area of practice or research in nursing
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competencies of an advanced practice nurse

Professional capacity/autonomy

  • Demonstrate a sense of initiative and professional responsibility and ethics in nursing practice and research
  • Take necessary measures to ensure continuous professional development

Level of communications skills

  • Communicate clear ideas, problems, and conclusions about issues in nursing practice and research
  • Disseminate results of a clinical project or research publications, conferences, and/or practice environment

Awareness of limits of knowledge

  • Evaluate and discuss different perspectives in relation to questions or problems in nursing
  • Aware of own limitations and seeks guidance from other students and professors to make progress in their studies

Fees and funding

The estimated amount for university fees associated with this program are available. To learn about possibilities for financing your graduate studies, consult the funding and financing section.

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