NP practice information

You must contact the graduate practica coordinator, , early in the first term of the program to plan your second-term first practicum and complete your NP student profile.

The Nurse Practitioner option has the following mandatory practice courses totalling 800 practicum hours and face-to-face instruction requirements in each practice term:

Year 1

  • Program orientation (late August/early September): 3 days at the UVic campus. You will:
    • meet faculty, administrative staff, writing tutor, UVic librarian, and other students;
    • learn about core Master of Nursing requirements and NP option courses;
    • learn about connecting to online computer programs to support learning.
  • NUNP 541: Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Practice is co-requisite to the NUNP 540 theory course (January to April)
  • Practicum: 150 practice hours in primary or residential care focusing on assessement, history taking and diagnostic reasoning and preceptored by a registered NP or physician
  • Face-to-face learning lab, lecture and OSCE practice: two 3-5 day learning sessions in Victoria; one in January (5 days) and one in March (3 days).

Integrated Primary Health Care and Advanced Practice Nursing courses

The three courses use the same format focusing on different patient populations. You will engage with patients requiring increasingly complex care as the courses progress:

  • Practicum: 150 practice hours in primary care, residential care and/or acute care settings preceptored by a registered nurse practitioner, physician or midwife
  • Face-to-face learning lab, lecture and OSCE practice: ususally in 3 day learning sessions in Victoria in the latter part of each term
  • NUNP 544: Integrated Primary Health Care and Advanced Practice Nursing I (Practice: Adult I) is co-requisite to the NUNP 543 theory course (May to August)

Year 2

Finding preceptors for your experiences is a shared responsibility among you, the NP faculty and the Graduate Education Practica Coordinator (PC) in conjunction with preceptors appropriate for each course.

Taking into consideration your individual learning needs, placements are negotiated to enable you to meet university requirements, develop CRNBC NP competencies and CNA competencies for advanced practice nursing, and to address personal educational goals.

To meet the CRNBC requirements for NP registration, NP students will NOT be able to complete practice hours in their place of employment.

Preparing for your practice experience

  • Complete a student profile outlining your nursing background, learning goals, potential preceptors and any arrangement particulars that need attention (travel and days of the week available, etc.). This profile may be shared with site managers and potential preceptors who accept or deny requests. Your profile can be adapted for subsequent requests.
  • When a request is confirmed, the practica coordinator arranges for a legal agreement outlining insurance coverage and responsibilities between the practice site and the university. Once placement arrangements are secured, the practica coordinator connects with the student to confirm preceptor contact information, timeframe available and any other relevant information regarding the site. Students are responsible for arranging their own practice hours and days of the week with their preceptors prior to the start of the experience.
  • Review the Practice Requirements (next tab).
  • Contact and meet with your preceptor when the placement is confirmed (before the term/practicum starts) to discuss the opportunities available, commitments necessary for learning, and orientation to the setting. These will become part of your learning plan.

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

See Nursing Practice Requirements in the UVic Graduate Studies Calendar for:

  • PHSA or health authority equivalent for cultural safety training (will accept certificates from other jurisdictions as long as the learning is interactive).
  • Agency orientations: health region and/or agency specific. Check the health region/agency website for student practice requirements.
  • Agency IT Account in Student Status: for access to health records, intra-agency communication, calendar shifts, etc.
  • Photo Identification: some agencies require health authority produced ID and some permit UVic student photo ID. Check with agency.
  • Basic Life Support: Level C Certificate or higher (waiver if appropriate)
  • Criminal Records Review. Vulnerable Sector screening
  • Health insurance coverage (basic and extended)
  • HSPnet Consent
  • Immunizations* 
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Personal respirator* (mask) fit testing (or waiver if appropriate)
  • School of Nursing Professional Conduct and Student Progression
  • Malpractice insurance for nurses studying while resident in the United States: Students resident in the United States must provide proof of malpractice insurance coverage upon admission and annually while completing the program. Verification of coverage must be sent directly from the insurer, employer or state board to the School of Nursing.
* Students must adhere to the policy of the placing agency

Kambria Ernst, practica coordinator - Graduate Education
Phone: 250-721-6334

Administrative assistant
Phone: 250-721-8502