Family Practice Nursing Education Program
The Family Practice Nursing Education Program (FPNEP) is designed to prepare registered nurses to work in primary health care settings. This performance-based certification program supports registered nurses to advance their clinical judgment, critical thinking, and clinical leadership in family practice. The program uses a conceptual learning approach that organizes knowledge and skills into concepts that are illustrated using real-life patient situations. Learners study a concept, actively apply the concept to a patient scenario, and then learn a new concept. Each concept is then integrated with others so, by the end of a program, graduates can apply all concepts to various patient populations in a variety of primary health care settings. This is an active, learner-centered approach that fosters critical thinking and a deeper understanding of clinical knowledge by building on previous knowledge. In turn, learners are better prepared to meet the dynamic and complex needs of patients in family practice settings.
Learners benefit from self-directed study of web-based lessons, online discussions and virtual classrooms. In addition, skill labs support the practice of newly acquired knowledge using simulation, and clinical placements support the consolidation of learning. Knowledge is assessed in a variety of ways such as through examinations, online discussions and assignments. Upon completion of the program, learners are able to provide safe, effective, and compassionate care to patients and families at the advanced beginner level.
Next program offering
Full-time/Part-time Study Option (16 weeks); August 30, 2021 – December 17, 2021; In Session
Full-time/Part-time Study Option (16 weeks); January 31 – May 20, 2022; Registration deadline November 22, 2021.
The next FPNEP will be offered over 16-weeks. Learners need to be prepared to devote full-time hours (Monday-Friday) during the majority of this 16-week period. We welcome applications from registered nurses who are not currently employed in primary health care (self-sponsored learners), however, priority seating will be granted to those who are currently working in family practice. Acceptance of self-sponsored applicants will also depend on the availability of clinical placements. Applicants are not permitted to arrange their own clinical placements. Please note that travel to Halifax will be required for 3 full days of lab practice during the 5th week of the program. While every effort is made to provide required clinical learning experiences at the site closest to the learner’s home, travel may be required. Clinical placements are divided into three blocks for a total of 150 hours.
Requirements for the FPNEP Program
Pre-requisites for the FPNEP Program