Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Course One: Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Care of the Hospitalized Adult I

Winter 2021

8 week online course

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  • Course Description

    This is the first course in a 4-course not-for-credit Certificate in Hospital & Acute Care for Nurse Practitioners. The certificate builds upon the foundational knowledge acquired through entry to practice education and the acquisition of entry-to-practice competencies. The certificate 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.

    This 8-week online course consists of 7 modules and one week for evaluation. Participants will focus on the role of the nurse practitioner in acute care hospital settings and as most-responsible provider (MRP); essentials of diagnostic reasoning including 12-lead ECG and chest X-ray interpretation; antibiotic use and drug resistance: pain management; and cardiology. An interactive and case based approach is utilized to review acute clinical problems with an emphasis on critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. Clinical experts will discuss the differential diagnoses, relevant pathophysiology, the identification of assessment findings, the relevant diagnostic approach, the therapeutic plan of care, and the red flags that require intervention or consultation.

    Learning Objectives

    At the completion of the 4-course certificate program, learners will be able to:

    A. Articulate the role and competencies of a Nurse Practitioner working with hospitalized adult patients.

    1. Discuss key role and scope issues relevant to the NP role in hospitals.
    2. Identify accountabilities and necessary skills of NPs in the most responsible provider role.
    3. Demonstrate confidence to practice independently and collaboratively.

    B. State the clinical care requirements and management for a wide variety of acute clinical conditions in adult hospitalized patients including the ability to:

    1. Conduct the appropriate advanced health assessment strategy.
    2. Identify appropriate differential diagnoses for the presenting problem.
    3. Recognize red flags and how to triage patients who may require a higher level of care and/or patients that are rapidly deteriorating.
    4. Identify appropriate diagnostics tests.
    5. Identify treatment strategies and an evaluation plan.
    6. Select appropriate technical interventions and treatments, and therapeutic devices.
    7. Describe indications for necessary consultations and referral.
    8. Identify strategies for communication at transitions in care and for safe discharge.
    9. Identify relevant priorities for secondary prevention.
  • Course Schedule

    The Winter 2020 course schedule has not been finalized. The May-June 2019 course schedule is available for reference as a printable PDF. Updated February 26, 2019.

  • Course Directors

    Dawn Tymianski NP-Adult, MN, MA, PhD, CNN(C)
    Chief Executive Officer, Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario
    Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

    Marnee Wilson NP-Adult, MScN, CDE
    Practice Leader for Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioner, Cardiovascular Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital
    President, Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario,
    Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto


    Arlene Buzon-Tan BScN, MN, NP- Adult
    Nurse Practitioner, Acute Pain Service, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
    Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

    Jeremy Edwards BASc, MD, FRCPC
    Division of Cardiology, St. Michael’s Hospital
    Lecturer, Departement of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

    Reem Haj BScPhm
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Leader, St. Michael’s Hospital

    Karen Konieczny MD, FRCPC

  • Course Format

    This course is offered as a fully online asynchronous course through the University of Toronto Learning Portal – QUERCUS. Each week, participants will view an e-learning module, review required readings and resources, and actively engage with learning activities that will focus on application of learning. Learning activities and assignments will provide opportunity to apply learnings and receive feedback. Participants can expect to allocate a minimum of 5 hours a week for completion of a module.

    Each week will consist of a recorded lecture by faculty who are expert clinicians in their field. Faculty will be available for questions through discussion board during the scheduled week for the module. Each module will focus on one or more health systems or clinical themes, focusing on discussion of the appropriate health assessment, relevant differential diagnoses, pathophysiology, red flags, diagnostics and diagnostic sensitivity/specificity, therapeutic plan of care, selection of appropriate technical interventions and treatments, and indications for referral and/or consultation, considerations in transitions in care/discharge, and relevant role and scope issues. Additional clinical resources will be provided such as clinical practice guidelines, relevant practice standards, and clinical tools for practice. Most weeks will include an application exercise such as a clinical scenario.

  • Registration Information


    Early Bird price (ends December 13, 2019) $790 + HST
    Regular price (starting December 14, 2019) $875 + HST
    U of T Nursing Alumni save 15%* $745 + HST
    U of T Nursing Adjunct and Status Faculty save 15%*** $745 + HST
    NPAO Member save 15%**** $745 + HST

    Site Groups

    A group discount rate is available for site groups of three or more people. For details please contact

    Please Note

    • Refund Policy – To withdraw from the course and receive a refund, your written request must be emailed to by December 13, 2019. No refunds will be given after this date. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of $100 + tax. As an alternative, a colleague may attend in your place. Please send your substitution request at least 7 days before the course.
    • Registration is limited.
    • Advanced registration is required. You must register by January 6, 2020.
    • U of T Nursing Alumni discount is available to participants who hold a BScN, MN, PMNP Diploma, MScN or PhD from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
    • U of T Nursing Faculty discount is available to participants who hold a current faculty position, a clinical instructor position, an adjunct appointment or a status appointment to the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
    • NPAO (Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario) members may register at the NPAO rate which is 15% off the regular rate. Please note, your name will be used to confirm that you are a member of the NPAO.
    • Applicable taxes (13% HST) will be added to the registration fees.
    • Course Cancellation Policy – The university reserves the right to cancel courses due to unavailability of instructors, facilities or insufficient enrollment. Decisions on course cancellations are made at least 15 calendar days prior to the course starting date, so early registration is recommended. If you enroll in a course that is subsequently cancelled, you may transfer to another section of that course if an alternative is available; or you may receive a full refund of the fee and tax you paid to the University of Toronto. We are not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you.
  • Contact Us

    Phone: (416) 978-1784
    Address: Centre for Professional Development
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    155 College Street
    Suite 130
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1P8

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