Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Post-Master Nurse Practitioner Diploma (PMNP)

Program Overview
Admission Requirements
Application Process
Emphasis
Program Requirements
Courses
  • Post-Master Nurse Practitioner Diploma

    The Post-Master Nurse Practitioner Diploma Program is designed for those nurses who have completed a master’s degree in nursing and who wish to pursue further studies to prepare them for Nurse Practitioner roles in one of three NP emphases:

    • Adult
    • Paediatrics*
    • Primary Health Care-Global Health

    Graduates are prepared to lead in the direct care of patients through the application of advanced practice nursing and nurse practitioner competencies as described by the Canadian Nurses Association.

    *Please note that admission to the NP Paediatric emphasis is offered in alternate years. Admission to the Paediatric emphasis will not be offered for the 2018/2019 academic year and applications for this emphasis are currently closed. The next NP Paediatric admission in-take will be for fall 2019.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Candidates are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. The Post-Master NP program is highly competitive. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not ensure admission to the program. All English facility requirements must be met at the time of application. An interview may be required.

    Minimum Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants must hold an MN degree or equivalent
    • Applicants must have obtained at least a mid-B standing (75% or 3.0 GPA) in the final year of their MN degree AND must have obtained at least B cumulative standing
    • Applicants seeking admission to the Nurse Practitioner field must also have a minimum of 3,900 clinical hours completed, equivalent to two years experience (placements as part of your BScN and MN degrees do not count)
    • Applicants must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse or equivalent
  • Online Application

    Visit How to Apply for more information on how to complete the SGS application, submit official transcripts and proof of English facility.

    Important Dates

    Application intake and deadline date for 2018 will be updated in Fall 2017.


    School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Online Admissions Application

    Applicants to the Post-Master NP program must complete the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Online Admissions Application.


    Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Entry Awards

    Applicants to the Master of Nursing (MN) and Post Master’s programs, who complete the SGS online application by January 15, 2016, are eligible to apply for Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing entry awards. To be considered for this award, applicants must complete both the SGS Online Admissions Form and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Award Application by January 15, 2016.


    Admission Interview

    An interview with the Admissions Committee may be required. Should this be the case, we will contact you by email to arrange an in-person interview or, if this is not possible, an interview by telephone. Interviews may take place any time from February through July.

     

  • Adult Emphasis

    Students interested in the adult emphasis tend to prefer work in hospital settings, where they provide specialized health care to adolescents, adults and older adults with particular health conditions (respiratory, cardiac, renal etc.). Although adult nurse practitioners have a tendency to provide health care to individuals in hospital settings, they are also able to assess, diagnose and treat individuals requiring acute and episodic care, and those with chronic illnesses in community settings. Health care services provided by adult nurse practitioners may include first contact assessments, treatment for acute/critical/urgent care, health promotion, illness and injury prevention, and referral and coordination of care.

    Upon graduation, students are eligible to write the extended class registration exam for adult nurse practitioners. Although our program is recognized by Canadian governing bodies such as the College of Nurses of Ontario, students must ensure they are aware of any special provincial regulatory guidelines regarding placement hours (e.g., number of required hours in primary care settings). For further information on completing the requirements for extended class registration, please click here or visit the College of Nurses of Ontario website.


    Paediatric Emphasis

    Please note that admission to the NP Paediatric emphasis is offered in alternate years. Admission to the Paediatric emphasis will not be offered for the 2018/2019 academic year and applications for this emphasis are currently closed. The next NP Paediatric admission in-take will be for fall 2019.

    Students interested in the paediatric emphasis are interested in working with infants, children and adolescents in various settings where they provide primary and specialized health care. This includes assessing, diagnosing and treating individuals requiring acute and episodic care, and those with chronic illnesses living in community settings. Health care services provided by paediatric nurse practitioners may include first contact assessments, treatment for acute/critical/urgent care, health promotion, illness and injury prevention, and referral and coordination of care.

    Upon graduation, students are eligible to write the extended class registration exam for paediatric nurse practitioners. Our program is recognized by Canadian governing bodies such as the College of Nurses of Ontario as well as the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), a national certification body in the United States for paediatric nurse practitioners. In addition, it is important that students ensure that they are aware of any special provincial or state regulatory guidelines regarding placement hours (e.g., number of required hours in primary care settings).

    Information Regarding Certification from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)

    The Master of Nursing (MN) Degree (Nurse Practitioner Field, Paediatrics) Program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, has been granted recognition by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) in the United States. This is the first Canadian Program to receive this recognition. This accreditation allows Nurse Practitioner graduates from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing to apply for the Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) Certification Exam. This is the primary certification exam for paediatric nurse practitioner’s in the United States and this certification exam is recognized by various regulatory bodies in Canada (e.g. College of Nurses of Ontario). For further information on completing the requirements for extended class registration in Ontario please click here or visit the College of Nurses of Ontario website. For further information on completing the CPNP Certification Exam, visit the PNCB website.


    PHC-GH Emphasis

    Primary health care nurse practitioners generally work in community settings and provide primary health care to individuals across the lifespan. They tend to take primary responsibility for a group of individuals for whom they provide first contact assessments, treatment for short-term acute illnesses, health promotion, illness and injury prevention, and referral and coordination of care.

    Our primary health care – global health area of emphasis offers students an opportunity to focus on global health issues in Canada and around the world. Upon graduation, students are eligible to write the extended class registration exam for primary health care nurse practitioners.

    Although our program is recognized by Canadian governing bodies (e.g., College of Nurses of Ontario), students must ensure they are aware of any special provincial regulatory guidelines regarding placement hours (e.g. number of required hours in primary care settings). For further information on completing the requirements for extended class registration please click here or visit the College of Nurses of Ontario website.

  • Program Requirements

    Students in the Post-Master Nurse Practitioner Diploma enroll in one emphasis (Adult or Paediatric or Primary Care – Global Health) and are required to complete all five (5) courses appropriate to that emphasis. PMNP courses are offered once per year and must be taken sequentially.

    The Post-Master Nurse Practitioner Diploma Program requirement is completion of 5 specialty field of study courses. Required courses include:

    • NUR1091/92/93 – Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics
    • NUR1101/02/14 – Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
    • NUR1115/16/17 – Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management 1
    • NUR1215/16/17 – Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management 2
    • NUR1221/22/23 – Nurse Practitioners: Roles and Issues

    This innovative population-based program is accessible to students across Canada. Course-work is on-line and the practicums are individually designed. Students will participate in on-campus residencies, simulation-based learning, virtual classrooms and combined asynchronous and synchronous discussions. Successful completion of Year 1 courses is required for students to continue in Year 2 of the program.

    Students will engage in 800 hours of practicum experience across three courses in the program (NUR1101/02/14 [April – June of Year 1], NUR1115/16/17 [September – December of Year 2], NUR1215/16/17 [January – April of Year 2] and NUR1221/22/23 [April – June of Year 2]). During the practicums, students will work with nurse practitioners, normally in their communities, to learn about and begin to enact the role of a nurse practitioner.

  • Course CodeCourse NameDescriptionEmphasis
    NUR1091Y / 1092Y / 1093YPathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics This course will explore theoretical perspectives on the mechanism of altered functioning of human cells, organs, organ systems and the organism as a whole. Material in this course builds on the previous knowledge of physiology and introductory pathophysiology. In addition, this course will provide students with knowledge of basic pharmacologic concepts, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Drug therapy considerations in special populations such as geriatric, paediatric, early immigrant, as well as in clients with chronic disease states and altered hepatic and renal function will be discussed.

    Submission of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.

    (3 hours/week)
    Adult Emphasis/ Paediatric Emphasis / Primary Health Care - Global Health Emphasis
    NUR1101H / 1102H / 1114HAdvanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Prepare to perform advanced health and physical assessment of the child or adult and family who are experiencing illness. Students must be competent in basic health and physical assessment, and the associated techniques prior to beginning the course. Models of clinical reasoning are investigated, critically reviewed and applied to a broad range of clinical case studies as students develop knowledge and skill in the collection of data, diagnostic approaches and formulation of therapeutic plans in collaboration with clients and families. Practical elements of advanced client assessment are addressed in terms of their impact on the client's health status, including physical and mental status, psychosocial status, developmentally appropriate approaches to assessment, growth and development milestones, family, cultural and community factors, and the implications of determinants of health and risk appraisal. Clinical, theoretical and scientific knowledge is synthesized in the identification and management of existing and potential client states of health and illness. Approaches to effective written and verbal communication of findings to lay individuals and health professional colleagues as they relate to the client and family are addressed.

    Submission of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.

    Prerequisite: NUR1100
    (3 hours/week, 100 clinical hours)
    Adult / Paediatric / Primary Health Care - Global Health
    NUR1115H / 1116H / 1117HAdvanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management IThis field experience course incorporates a combination of faculty instruction, guest lectures, and clinical practice. The course provides students with opportunities to analyze synthesize and integrate theoretical principles and concepts into clinical practice with emphasis on diagnostic understanding, developmental issues and collaboration with clients, families and other health professionals.

    During the 250 hours of clinical practice, client/family health and illness states are used to build the students’ development of advanced skills (e.g., interviewing, physical examination, diagnostics) related to client and family assessment, and to integrate diagnostic reasoning, and treatment planning/therapeutic management into practice. Application of the clinical reasoning process is integral to the students’ experiences. Students will continue to develop advanced knowledge, skill and judgment related to client and family assessment, incorporating knowledge of diversity, cultural safety, developmental stage and social determinants of health into their assessments, diagnostics, diagnoses and therapeutic plans.

    During clinical practicum components, students will become familiar with changes in scope of practice from that of a registered nurse, and the ways that these changes affect their responsibilities and accountabilities as a nurse practitioner. Students will practice in accordance with federal and local legislation, professional and ethical standards, and policy relevant to the role of the nurse practitioner; including those that relate to privacy, documentation and information management (verbal, written and electronic).

    Approximately 8 hours/week will be spent in seminar learning and participating in guest lectures. A discussion forum for seminars (online) provides an opportunity for students to facilitate dialogue and communicate ideas and issues. Clinical seminars focus on the presentation of common health and illness symptoms from adolescence through old age (Adult), birth through adolescence (Paediatric) and all ages (PHC-GH) with acute, chronic, emergent, urgent and life-threatening illnesses as well as health promotion and illness prevention activities. There will be a focus on clinical reasoning, diagnostic testing and therapeutic planning. Students in the PHC-GH emphasis will align additional learning related to vulnerable and marginalized populations. Students will critically appraise relevant research and best practice guidelines when developing assignments, participating in on-line discussions, and in clinical practice. In addition, faculty and guest lecturers will provide students the opportunity to learn from individuals actively engaged in practice and research.


    Prerequisite: NUR1100 and one of NUR1101/1102/1114.
    Submission and checking of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.

    (3 hours/week, 250 clinical hours)
    Adult / Paediatric / Primary Health Care - Global Health
    NUR1215H / 1216H / 1217HAdvanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management IIThis course offers a combination of on-campus synchronous/asynchronous lectures and guest presentations using a flipped classroom format. Lectures will be offered in 8h segments every 2 weeks preceded and followed by online asynchronous discussion and virtual interactive case (VIC) completion. Lecture attendance, ongoing participation in the discussion board and VIC case completion are essential to assist in the development and refinement of skills to critically appraise and synthesize relevant clinical data, research, theory and clinical practice guidelines related to geriatrics, pain, end-of-life care and medical assistance in dying, mental health, diabetes, and skin disorders/dermatologic issues. In addition, faculty and guest lecturers will provide students the opportunity to learn from individuals actively engaged in practice and research.

    This course also includes 250h of clinical practicum. The course practicum should be in a practice setting that offers broad, comprehensive experience with common client/family health and illness states. During the 250 hours of clinical practice, client/family health and illness states are used to build the students’ development of advanced skills related to client and family assessment, and to integrate collaboration, consultation and referral strategies into treatment plans/therapeutic management approaches. Health promotion, health protection, and the prevention of injury, illness, disease and complications are integral to students’ experiences.

    During clinical practicum components, students will become familiar with changes in scope of practice from that of a registered nurse, and the ways that these changes affect their responsibilities and accountabilities as a nurse practitioner. Students will practice in accordance with federal and local legislation, professional and ethical standards, and policy relevant to the role of the nurse practitioner; including those that relate to controlled drugs and substances and assisted dying.


    Prerequisite: NUR1100, one of NUR1101/1102/1114 and one of NUR1115/1116/1117
    Submission and checking of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.

    (3 hours/week, 250 clinical hours)
    Adult / Paediatric / Primary Health Care - Global Health
    NUR1221Y / 1222Y / 1223 YNurse Practitioners: Roles and Issues This course provides learners with opportunities to continue the analysis, synthesis and integration of advanced theoretical principles and concepts related to advanced nursing practice. Learners will examine legal, organizational and system issues and how these influence the scope of practice and standards of ethical practice, professional accountability, and outcomes of advanced nursing practice. This course is the final practicum experience and incorporates a combination of clinical experience and student/faculty-facilitated seminars.

    Prerequisite: NUR1115/1116/1117Y.
    Submission and checking of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.
    Consolidation Course (Required) for Adult Emphasis/ Paediatric Emphasis / Primary Health Care - Global Health Emphasis

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