Nurse Practitioner (NP) and NP Post Degree

The Master of Nursing Nurse Practitioner (NP and NP Post-Degree) options prepare family nurse practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses and conditions to people of all ages.

Family nurse practitioners will be prepared to demonstrate the advanced nursing competencies of clinical practice, leadership, research, consultation and collaboration, and health promotion.  They are part of the front-line team providing primary health care in a safe, ethical and compassionate way.

Family nurse practitioner graduates study advanced nursing theory and engage in practice experiences to prepare them to write exams for registration as an NP with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) 

Explore the courses you will take

MN Nurse Practitioner Option

Course-Based MN: 24.0 units
4 MN Foundation Courses -= 6.0 units
12 NP Required Courses = 18.0 units

Course sequencing for Nurse Practitioner option

MN Nurse Practitioner Post Degree Option

Course-Based MN: 19.5 units
1 MN Foundation Course = 1.5 units
12 NP Required Courses = 18.0 units

Course sequencing for Nurse Practitioner Post Degree option

Prepare for your practice education

The family nurse practitioner program has 5 required practice courses starting in the second term of the program.

NUNP 541: Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Practice taken with co-requisite NUNP 540 theory course

NUNP 544: Integrated Primary Health Care and Advanced Practice Nursing I (Practice: Adult I) taken with co-requisite NUNP 543 theory course

NUNP 546: Integrated Primary Health Care and Advanced Practice Nursing II (Practice: Childbearing/rearing Families and Children) taken with co-requisite NUNP 545 Theory course

NUNP 548: Integrated Primary Health Care and Advanced Practice Nursing III (Practice: Adult II) is co-requisite to the NUNP 547 Theory course

NUNP 537: Family Nurse Practitioner Internship 

Overview of the 5 NP practicums: total number of hours, dates, focus of the coursework, and clinical expectations of the student. 

Planning for your placement begins 5-6 month before the start of a practicum. You will be contacted by a practica coordinator to discuss placement ideas and complete a student profile.

One month prior to the start of your practicum, ensure you have met and submitted the necessary school of nursing practica requirements.

Two weeks prior to the start of your practicum connect with the practicum agency to complete student orientation (often online), oath of confidentiality if required, and security clearance procedures. You may need to provide the agency with a criminal record review, immunization record and health insurance coverage.

You are responsible for knowing the nursing practice requirements and expectations of the Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD), the School of Nursing and the health regions/practice agencies where your practice experiences take place. Program requirements are the financial responsibility of students to maintain and provide evidence of when required

Please refer to:

Nurse practitioner students practice within the competencies of registered nurses following the CRNBC.

  1. Entry Level competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Canada  
  2. Practice Standards: For Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  3. Professional Standards: For Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  4. Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners (Family): Standards, Limits and Conditions

Read about the program objectives

Graduates of the nurse practitioner and nurse practitioner post-degree programs will:

  • have advanced knowledge, skill, and expertise to meet the primary health care (PHC) needs of individuals and families across the lifespan and within the context of community
  • collaborate effectively with individuals, families, communities, and other health and social service professionals, to ensure high quality, comprehensive, holistic PHC
  • demonstrate leadership through advocacy for optimal client care, optimizing the nurse practitioner role within the interprofessional team, and facilitating systems change
  • identify and implement research based innovations that improve client care and the functioning of organizations and/or systems
  • understand legislative and socio-political issues that influence health policy and build strategies to improve healthcare access and healthy public policy
  • enact the Entry-Level Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Canada (and endorsed by BCCNP) as applied to the family stream in a variety of primary health care contexts
  • practice within the Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners: Standards, Limits and Conditions