The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a challenging, hands-on, full-time program that prepares motivated professional nurses to work as Nurse Practitioners.
Students have up to 3 years, or 9 terms, to complete the 7 required PHCNP Certificate courses. Motivated students can complete the program in less time, but it is very demanding. The Program Administrator can help you decide if it’s a good option for you.
The curriculum prepares students to apply legislative and ethical models to a variety of practice situations through assignments, seminar discussions, and clinical practice. These may include consultation, prescriptive authority, the ordering of laboratory and diagnostic tests and the certification of death.
Evidence-based practice principles are incorporated in each course to help assess, diagnose, and manage health issues appropriately. Discussion and assignments on effective strategies to influence health and social policy are also incorporated.
Instructors aim to enhance students’ capacity to contribute to knowledge development through critical questioning.