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What to Expect

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A Challenging, Hands-on Education in Advanced Nursing Practice

The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate is an intensive program.  Expect to spend 15 to 20 hours preparing material and completing assignments for each course, every week.

Classes are small, interactive, and intense.  Most are held face-to-face, between the hours of 9:00 and 4:00, Monday to Friday, at the school.  Experts from across the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) – including our own faculty – teach PHCNP courses.

In addition to classes, you’ll also complete a total of 728 hours of challenging, role-expanding clinical practice. 

Be prepared to juggle work, family, social, and academic responsibilities while devoting time to your studies.  While it is possible to complete the program in one year, we strongly advise against doing so while working.  The Program Administrator can help you understand your options.

Course requirements, assignments and methods of evaluation vary by course.  Expect scholarly papers, seminars presentations, performance demonstrations and/or examinations or evaluations by your self, peers and instructors. 

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