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Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Units Faculty of Graduate Studies Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program
Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

The nurse practitioner program is a unique consortium model involving the ten university schools of nursing in Ontario. It is taught via distance education methods using print-based materials, audio and/or video conferences, computed mediated learning and web sites. Nurses with a BScN will complete the program over 12 months full-time study or up to 36 months part-time study.


(a) evidence of current Registered Nurse Certificate of Registration (College of Nurses of Ontario) or equivalent as approved by the Colleges of Nurses of Ontario
(b) current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate
(c) minimum of 70% overall average in a BScN or equivalent from post secondary institution
(d) Applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years full-time nursing practice within the past 5 years. Preference will be given to Ontario residents whose work experience in nursing has been continuous and who have practical experience in one or more of the following areas: primary health care; ambulatory care; public health; community health; long term care; emergency care or outpost nursing.

Application packages are available on the Lakehead University website under School of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program. For further information applicants should contact the Lakehead University School of Nursing.


1. A student is subject to the general academic University Regulations and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Regulations as stated in the University Calendar.
2. A mark of at least 70% for each of Nursing 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636 and 5840 will be required for credit. Nursing 5615, 5616, 5635, 5636 and 5840 have clinical components graded on a pass/fail basis. Students will be allowed to repeat one course, once only; i.e. not more than one course may be repeated. If a student fails the course on the second try, the student will be required to withdraw from the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program.
3. A student will be removed from the clinical area if his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe or unethical and it may ultimately result in termination from the program. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a student's interaction with a client which places the client and/or student at risk for harm (refer also to the School of Nursing Safety Policy Statement). Unethical practice is any act that violates the principles and values as stated in the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (2008) and the College of Nurses of Ontario Ethics Practice Standard (2008).


1. Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

One Year program 
(a) Nursing 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636
(b) Nursing 5840