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PHCNP Diploma

About the Program
About the Program

The PHCNP Diploma program is a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time course of study for nurses who already have a master’s degree and wish to prepare for advanced practice in primary health care nursing. The program consists of courses provided through the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program.  This provides opportunities for students to develop advanced skills and knowledge in health assessment for clinical nursing roles in primary health care settings.

Queen’s University School of Nursing collaborates in a consortium of nine Ontario universities to deliver the seven courses of the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program that are required courses in the PHCNP Diploma program. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to apply to complete the Canadian family/all-ages nurse practitioner licensure examination. Additional information about the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program can be found at With a post Master's PHCNP diploma and registration, our graduates work in a wide variety of positions in public health, long-term care, primary health care, and community settings. 

Official Information on the PHCNP Diploma program should be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.

Clinical Placements - PHCNP Diploma

Clinical placements typically occur within Kingston and communities within an hour's drive of Queen's. Our placement catchment area covers an area along the north shore of Lake Ontario from Peterborough to Smiths Falls to Brockville. As students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical placements, a vehicle will be necessary.  The final clinical course Integrated Practicum requires 416 hours of clinical and 39 hours of tutorial over the 13 week term.

Admission Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a Master's degree (nursing preferred) that have both been approved by a provincial/territorial authority
  • Minimum overall average equivalent to B calculated over the core courses in both degrees;
  • Active registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario; and
  • 2 academic letters of reference

In addition to the online application submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, the following must be completed and submitted by hard copy to the Graduate Program Coordinator in the School of Nursing, Queen’s University, Cataraqui Building, 92 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON Canada K7L 3N6:

  • One clinical reference (eg. your manager or supervisor)
  • Equivalent of two years of relevant full-time practice as a Registered Nurse within the past five years (minimum of 3640 hours). All applicants must have their employer(s) complete a "Verification of Employment Hours" form.
  • Completion of Completion of Nurse Practitioner Personal Essay form
  • Proof of registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Copy of Curriculum Vitae (Resume)

Applications to all graduate programs are made through the School of Graduate Studies website. Applications are available starting in late September for admission the following year. 

Yes this program can be taken part-time. If taking the program full time, students are advised not to work.

Not completely. The PHCNP diploma course content is delivered both via online modalities as well as clinical tutorials held weekly on the Queen's campus or at our satellite site through Trent University (dependent on student enrollment). The tutorials are organized as small group seminars requiring active discussion among and presentations by students.

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Deadline to apply:  February 1. Applications will remain open until all the seats are filled.

Applications to all graduate programs are made through the School of Graduate Studies starting in September for admission the following year.

Please note, only complete applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee in the School of Nursing.