School of Nursing
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Advanced Certificate

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Program Overview

Location(s):
  • Distance Learning options available
Length: 1260 hours: 

Clinical - 700 hours; Theory - 560 hours

Our Program

Note

Application to this program has been suspended effective for the 2014 intake.

The new Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP), delivered in partnership with the University of Regina, is now open for application. See Saskatchewan Collaborative Programs in Nursing for details.

As clinicians, leaders and role models, nurse practitioners bring a holistic approach to care that directly impacts the lives of individuals, families and even whole communities. SIAST's Primary Care Nurse Practitioner advanced certificate program gives registered nurses (RNs) an opportunity to achieve the competencies required for nurse practitioner registration.

Building on registered nurse practice, the program blends in-depth knowledge of nursing theory and practice with legal authority and autonomy. You'll develop enhanced skills in health assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation within the framework of primary health care. Community development, health promotion and collaboration with multidisciplinary health care providers are essential components.

Why SIAST?

SIAST is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. Our online educational format links you with fellow students across Canada, while also allowing you to interact with faculty. Clinical practice education enables you to hone your new nursing skills, preparing you for success in the real world.

On graduation, you will:

  • be eligible to apply for practice hours to maintain your registration with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) if registered in Saskatchewan while taking the program, and
  • be eligible to write the Canadian Nurses Association Nurse Practitioner exam and receive the Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) license in Saskatchewan

Is this program for you?

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who are lifelong learners and independent thinkers and who want to do more within their clinical practice. This means you would share greater responsibility for patient health, including diagnosing disease, ordering diagnostic tests, prescribing medications and drawing up care plans. You would work both autonomously and in collaboration with physicians and other health care providers. You could serve as a patient's primary health care provider, and see patients of all ages in a variety of community settings.

The SIAST program is a distance education program taught entirely over the Internet, with clinical work experience in the community. It is designed to enable completion on a part-time basis within a two to five-year time frame. The online format allows you to continue working in your home community, maintaining job and/or family responsibilities while building your professional credentials.

Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Your Career

As health care in Canada evolves to address complex issues of access and service delivery, demand for qualified nurse practitioners is expected to grow. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are in high demand to provide health promotion, health maintenance, chronic disease management and sick-care services.

As a nurse practitioner, you could manage the health needs of individuals and families in community health centres, northern and rural nursing stations and through collaborative practice teams. There are also job opportunities in community clinics and long-term care facilities. Increasing emphasis on prevention and public health will continue to create excellent job opportunities for nurse practitioners.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the SIAST campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): September

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the SIAST campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 3 only - $900

Admission Information

Admission Requirements

  • Licensed with the registered nurses' licensing body in the jurisdiction where clinical experiences will occur
  • A minimum of two years full-time nursing experience within the past five years
  • NURS 225 (Health Assessment) or equivalent within the last year prior to acceptance to the program
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing
  • Current CPR Health Care Provider " C" AED or equivalent
  • English Language Requirement

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of SIAST programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

SIAST recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. Frequently asked questions regarding PLAR for this program are answered in the Factsheet. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many SIAST students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Courses

CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
CLIN 202

Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice Clinical

You will complete 40 hours of clinical practice under the direction of a course instructor and practice mentor to complete comprehensive health assessments of adult clients and assessment of a geopolitical community. This course is taken concurrently with NURS 296 (Foundations Advanced Nursing Practice).


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Prerequisites: NURS 225

Corequisites: NURS 296

Learning Methods: Clinical/Practicum

3
CLIN 203

Adult Health Clinical

You will begin to integrate your practice as a primary care nurse practitioner working with adults by engaging in 120 hours of practice in a primary health care setting under the guidance of a course instructor and practice mentor(s). Your community assessment will continue investigating issues and trends related to adults and applying the principles of accessibility and cultural diversity. This course is taken concurrently with NURS 297 (Adult Health).


Credit Units: 8

Course Hours: 120.0

Prerequisites: NURS 296, CLIN 202

Corequisites: NURS 297

Learning Methods: Clinical/Practicum

8
CLIN 204

Older Adult Health Clinical

You will begin to integrate your practice as a primary care nurse practitioner working with the older adults by engaging in 120 hours of practice in a primary health care setting under the guidance of a course instructor and practice mentor(s). Your community assessment will continue investigating issues and trends related to older adults and applying the principles related to appropriate technology and collaboration. This course is taken concurrently with NURS 298 (Older Adult).


Credit Units: 8

Course Hours: 120.0

Prerequisites: NURS 296, CLIN 202

Corequisites: NURS 298

Learning Methods: Clinical/Practicum

8
CLIN 205

Women's Health and the Newborn Clinical

You will begin to integrate your practice as a primary care nurse practitioner working with women by engaging in 92 hours of practice in a primary health care setting and 48 hours in a labour and delivery unit under the guidance of a course instructor and practice mentor(s). Your community assessment will continue investigating issues and trends related to women and applying the principles of healthy public policy and public participation. This course is taken concurrently with NURS 220 (Women's Health and the Newborn).


Credit Units: 11

Course Hours: 160.0

Prerequisites: NURS 296, CLIN 202

Corequisites: NURS 220

Learning Methods: Clinical/Practicum

11
CLIN 206

Child Health Clinical

You will integrate your practice as a primary care nurse practitioner working with children by engaging in 160 hours of practice in a primary health care setting under the guidance of a course instructor and practice mentor(s). Your community assessment will continue by investigating issues and trends related to children and applying the principles of health promotion/disease prevention and patient safety. This course is taken concurrently with NURS 278 (Child Health).


Credit Units: 11

Course Hours: 160.0

Prerequisites: NURS 296, CLIN 202

Corequisites: NURS 278

Learning Methods: Clinical/Practicum

11
CLIN 207

Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Clinical

You will complete 20 hours in a pharmacy setting under the guidance of a course instructor and pharmacist mentor to practice dispensing pharmacotherapeutics. This course is taken concurrently with PHAR 272 (Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice).


Credit Units: 1

Course Hours: 20.0

Prerequisites: NURS 296, CLIN 202

Corequisites: PHAR 272

Learning Methods: Clinical/Practicum

1
CLIN 208

Strengthening Practice Clinical

You will complete 80 hours of clinical practice under the direction of a course instructor and practice mentor to consolidate your primary care nurse practitioner competencies while caring for clients across the life- span. This course is taken concurrently with NURS 299 (Strengthening Practice).


Credit Units: 5

Course Hours: 80.0

Corequisites: NURS 299

Learning Methods: Clinical/Practicum

5
NURS 220

Women's Health and Newborn Care

Women require primary health care services in varying stages of pregnancy or special needs in relation to the reproductive system. You will learn the advanced pathophysiology, etiology, signs and symptoms, assessment and treatment of common acute/episodic health conditions, diseases or disorders, and chronic illnesses common to the women in the community primary health care setting. The course content includes unexpected delivery situations and newborn care. It also addresses the principles of healthy public policy and public participation.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Prerequisites: NURS 296, CLIN 202

Corequisites: CLIN 205

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Online

4
NURS 278

Child Health

Your studies will focus on performing comprehensive health assessments for children using child development theory and family nursing strategies. You will develop approaches to pediatric preventative health care using functional health patterns. You will also learn the etiology, signs and symptoms, assessment and treatment of common urgent and emergent pediatric conditions. The course content includes strategies for health promotion/disease prevention and patient safety.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Prerequisites: NURS 296, CLIN 202

Corequisites: CLIN 206

Learning Methods: Online

4
NURS 296

Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice

The course is based on eight core competencies that serve as the foundation for practice as a primary care nurse practitioner. You will study the required competencies for direct clinical practice, ethical decision-making, leadership, change agent, collaboration, coach, advocacy and research in the context of advanced practice, primary health care and population health promotion. Key program themes will be introduced, including accessibility, appropriate technology, public participation, health promotion/disease prevention, intersectoral collaboration, cultural diversity, healthy public policy and patient safety.


Credit Units: 5

Course Hours: 70.0

Prerequisites: NURS 225

Corequisites: CLIN 202

Learning Methods: Online

5
NURS 297

Adult Health

Advanced knowledge of pathophysiology is required to understand, diagnose and treat health and illness in primary health care contexts for the adult client. You will learn about the etiology, signs and symptoms, assessment and treatment of common acute/episodic health conditions, diseases or disorders, and chronic illnesses prevalent in adults. The course will include an overview of the primary health care principle of accessibility and the development of cultural competence.


Credit Units: 5

Course Hours: 75.0

Prerequisites: NURS 296, CLIN 202

Corequisites: CLIN 203

Learning Methods: Online

5
NURS 298

Older Adult Health

Advanced knowledge of pathophysiology is required to understand, diagnose and treat health and illness in primary health care contexts for the older adult client. You will learn about the etiology, signs and symptoms, assessment and treatment of common acute/episodic health conditions, diseases or disorders and chronic illnesses prevalent in older adults. The course will include an overview of the primary health care principles of technology and multisectoral cooperation.


Credit Units: 5

Course Hours: 75.0

Prerequisites: NURS 296, CLIN 202

Corequisites: CLIN 204

Learning Methods: Online

5
NURS 299

Strengthening Practice

The professional socialization of advanced practice nursing is a dynamic process that involves the acquisition and continuing development of roles and responsibilities. You will build on your understanding of the characteristics and competencies of advanced nursing practice to develop a vision of the future of advanced nursing practice. You will also examine issues and trends that will influence your advanced nursing practice and plan the development of a community program.


Credit Units: 5

Course Hours: 70.0

Prerequisites: NURS 297, CLIN 203, NURS 298, CLIN 204, NURS 278, CLIN 206, NURS 220, CLIN 205, PHAR 272, CLIN 207

Corequisites: CLIN 208

Learning Methods: Online

5
PHAR 271

Clinical Drug Therapy

New research and clinical experience result in ongoing changes in the drug therapy field. As an experienced health care provider, you will review essential information that reflects current clinical drug therapy by examining the common classification of drugs. The course content includes strategies to promote safe, effective and rational drug therapy and non-pharmacological approaches while considering the clients' individual characteristics.


Credit Units: 5

Course Hours: 75.0

Learning Methods: Online

5
PHAR 272

Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice

Building on your understanding of clinical drug therapy, you will develop the knowledge, skill and judgment to select, prescribe, monitor and dispense drugs to manage conditions within the primary care nurse practitioner's scope of practice. You will review health promotion, non-pharmacological approaches, evidence-based practice and federal and provincial standards in the context of the nurse practitioner role.


Credit Units: 5

Course Hours: 75.0

Prerequisites: PHAR 271

Corequisites: CLIN 207

Learning Methods: Online

5

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