The Centre for Professional Development offers not-for-credit certificate programs through distance education. The programs are designed to offer flexibile learning opportunities to working health professionals across Canada and around the world. For each certificate, the required online courses must be successfully completed within a two-year period. Generally, the courses, which are 6 to 10 weeks in length, may be completed in any sequence. Learners may also take individual courses without completing the full certificate requirements.
Currently, we offer five Certificates:
- New! Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions for Nurse Practitioners
- Certificate in Hospital & Acute Care for Nurse Practitioners
- Certificate in Leadership and Management
- Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting
- Certificate in Palliative Care for Nurse Practitioners: Core Competencies for NP Practice
There are no pre-requisites or application process for these continuing professional development certificates.
What does “Not-for Credit” mean?
The Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing has approved the Centre for Professional Development to offer Not-for-Credit certificates. University of Toronto policy (2016) states that not-for credit certificates are not counted for any credit toward any degree program, and participants are not registered as UofT students.
New Online Mental Health Certificate Launches this Fall
The Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions for Nurse Practitioners builds upon the foundational knowledge acquired through entry to practice education and the acquisition of entry-to-practice competencies. The not-for-credit certificate program will equip Nurse Practitioners with the knowledge and tools to confidently assess and develop a treatment plan for individuals with mental health and/or addictions issues, across the lifespan.
More about the Mental Health certificate
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The Certificate in Leadership and Management program is an online program specifically designed to meet the needs of those starting their career in or aspiring towards leadership positions in health care. All course content is relevant for working in healthcare systems around the world.
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The Certificate in Hospital & Acute Care for Nurse Practitioners builds upon the foundational knowledge acquired through entry to practice education and the acquisition of entry-to-practice competencies. The not-for-credit certificate program will equip Nurse Practitioners with the knowledge and tools to confidently assess and develop a treatment plan for the acutely ill adult patient, hospitalized with a broad range of conditions, and facilitate a foundation for advanced nursing care of the ill or critically ill patient. The program will consist of four courses offered by distance education through the University of Toronto Learning Portal. Each course will be 7–8 weeks in length (including a final week for evaluation), plus a week for completion of the final assignment. Learners may take the courses in any sequence and will earn a certificate by completing all four courses over a 2-year period.
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This certificate program has been developed to provide aspiring &/or practicing nursing educators & practice leaders with advanced level education, tools, and skills, to enhance their knowledge and expertise in the provision of clinical education that supports excellence in professional practice. The “Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting” is comprised of three 10-week on-line courses to be successfully completed over a two-year period. Learners may also take individual courses without completing the full certificate requirements.
More about the Nursing Education certificate
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The certificate is for Nurse Practitioners, (and/or Nurse Practitioner Program students), and those in Advanced Practice and/or CNS roles who, as part of their routine practice, may be responsible for the care of adult clients with progressive and life-limiting illnesses. The practice setting may include acute care, long-term care, community, primary care or private practice. Palliative care is defined as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psycho-social and spiritual (World Health Organization 2018)”.
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