Nurse Practitioner (G.Dip.)
Carve a career in “the finest of fine arts” with the compassion, understanding, and tenacity of Florence Nightingale.
Specialized learning opportunities teach you to advocate for patients, offer comfort and care from within a comprehensive healthcare system.
A nurse practitioner:
- Is an experienced registered nurse with advanced education, skills, and extended class (EC) registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario
- Has the independent authority to perform controlled acts beyond those available to Registered Nurses (RNs), including ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, communicating a diagnosis, prescribing pharmaceuticals, performing specific procedures, and referring to specialists.
- Provides health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations
- Often acts as the individual’s or family’s first point of contact with the health care system, similar to the role of a Family Physician
- Works collaboratively with other health care professionals to support the health of their clients
Laurentian University is part of a consortium of nine Ontario universities that offer the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program (PHCNP). Students register and learn in their home universities.
The program incorporates problem-based and self-directed learning, simulation, and competency-based strategies to meet the critical competencies for NP practice.
Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to: Nurse Practitioner, health administration, research, academics and public health.
Many careers can be found in the public and private sector.
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