Students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner Electives may choose to study either on a full-time or flexible full-time basis.
All students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner Electives complete a course-based program; the thesis option is not available in the Nursing Specialization with Nurse Practitioner Electives.
The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) program is not offered completely by distance education. There are face-to-face requirements, on campus, associated with the Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis courses, and the Therapeutics courses, which are scheduled approximately one weekend per month (Friday evening until Sunday). Attendance at these seminars is mandatory. There are also 78 hours of clinical practicum associated with each of these courses and all clinical placements are required to be completed in Lakehead University's geographic boundary. The final practicum is 455 hours and it must also be completed in Lakehead University's geographic boundary, which is east to Wawa, north to Hudson's Bay, west to the Manitoba border, and south to the U.S. border.
Applicants to the Nursing Specialization with Nurse Practitioner Electives must also have the equivalents 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 of more of the following areas: primary health care, ambulatory care, public health, community health, long-term care, emergency care, or outpost nursing.
Additional information on the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program is available through the School of Nursing website.
All students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner Electives must complete a total of 7 full course equivalents (FCEs), of which 3 FCEs are Master of Public Health courses and 4 FCEs are Nurse Practitioner elective courses.
The list of requirements is provided below. Please cross reference the courses listed on this page with the University Course Calendar for any course and program updates.
- HESC 5010: Foundations of Public & Population Health - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5013: Social and Ecological Determinants of Health - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5030: Introduction to Biostatistics - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5070: Epidemiology I - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5210: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5213: Environmental and Occupational Public Health - 0.5 FCE
Nurse Practitioner electives
- HESC 5610: Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5615: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5616: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5630: Nurse Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5635: Therapeutics I - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5636: Therapeutics II - 0.5 FCE
- HESC 5840: Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum - 1.0 FCE
Review the suggested Program Plan for full-time and flexible full-time students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner Electives. Note that students who elect to deviate from the suggested Program Plan Layout are responsible for ensuring that they meet all program requirements in a timely fashion.
About Required Courses
All students must successfully complete each of the required half-courses specified above.