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PHCNP Certificate

Move into Advanced Clinical Practice

Nurse Practitioners work in direct care, health promotion and the treatment and management of chronic health conditions.  They have an expanded scope of practice and can diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe medications, and perform certain procedures.

Ryerson’s Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) Certificate is an intensive program that prepares nursing professionals to write the College of Nurses of Ontario’s NP – Primary Health Care (Ontario) exam.  Graduates of our program go on to become Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners and work in:

  • Community Health Centres
  • NP-Led Clinics
  • Long Term Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Aboriginal Centres
  • Community-based facilities
  • Ambulatory Care Centres
  • Family Health Teams

Admission to Ryerson’s PHCNP Certificate program is highly competitive.  We give preference to Registered Nurses who hold a Master’s degree in Nursing and have continuous clinical experience that demonstrates critical thinking and the potential to work in a collaborative, holistic, family-centered practice or advance evidence-based practice.

Our PHCNP Certificate program is offered under the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN).  Learn more about the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program at