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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.

Course sequence

Program learning outcomes

  • 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
  • Understand research techniques for creating and interpreting nursing
  • Adopt an ethical approach in the thesis or clinical project
  • Make a contribution to an area of practice or research in nursing
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competencies of an advanced practice nurse
  • Demonstrate a sense of initiative and professional responsibility and ethics in nursing practice and research
  • Take necessary measures to ensure continuous professional development
  • 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
  • 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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