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PHCNP Coordinator's Message

Luisa Barton

Since 1995, Ryerson University has been a national leader in the educational preparation of Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners. The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing is pleased to offer both a combined Master of Nursing/Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) and a post-masters PHCNP Certificate program.

Our PHCNP program is of interest to professional nurses wanting to develop advanced knowledge and skills with an emphasis on offering comprehensive primary care to individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Throughout the program, NP students use a variety of learning modalities that strongly promote the integration of theory, practice, and self-direction as essential elements in the profession of the nurse practitioner.

Students enrolled in our PHCNP curriculum come into the program with diverse knowledge and practice backgrounds. Through the engagement of classroom-based courses as well as courses that utilize a distance-delivery format, our program offers students a unique learning environment.

Our graduates have a distinctive blend of knowledge and skills at the advanced practice level and these attributes are exactly what are needed to continue to build on the tenets of primary health care.

Further explore both what is a Nurse Practitioner and what our program is about by clicking here, and decide if Ryerson’s Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner is the program for you.


Luisa Barton. NP-PHC, DNP
Coordinator, PHCNP program