Academic Calendar - 2024

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2024

Western Main Campus

Faculty of Health Sciences - Nursing, Arthur Labatt Family School of

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree in Nursing from an Ontario university or equivalent.
  2. A current certificate of registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  3. The equivalent of 2 years full-time nursing practice within the past 5 years.
  4. Preference will be given to candidates whose work experience has been continuous and who have practice experience in one or more of the following areas: community health centres, family practice centres, ambulatory care, public health, long-term care, emergency care, or outpost nursing.

Possession of published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Priority consideration shall be given, all other things being equal, first to Canadian Citizens and permanent residents of Ontario and second to Canadian citizens and permanent residents from other Canadian provinces.

Submission of Application for Admission

All enquiries and requests for application forms should be addressed to the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) in Guelph.

The application deadline is March 1 for admission the following September.

Admissions Appeals Procedures

Following the final date for application, applicants may file any supplementary information relevant to their application with the Office of the Registrar.

Decisions of the Admissions Committee are final.

Applicants may request a review of the decision of the Admissions Committee, provided that such a request is based upon significant new information, pertinent to the application, and not available to the applicant prior to the application deadline date. This request must be filed with the Office of the Dean, School of Nursing, no later than two weeks after the issuance of the original decision.

Module/Program Information


The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program contains seven courses. The first six courses:

1) Nursing 4490Y
2) Nursing 4491Y
3) Nursing 4403A/Nursing 4404B
4) Nursing 4405A/Nursing 4406B

provide the theoretical and field work foundation for nurse practitioner practice. They may be taken in any sequence by part-time students. The seventh course, Nursing 4497 consists of seminars and supervised clinical practice, and must be taken after all other course work in the program is completed. The program requires twelve months (three terms) of full-time study for completion. Part-time students have up to three years to complete program requirements, calculated from the date of registration in the first course.

The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program is offered in cooperation with the other nine university schools/faculties in Ontario.

All courses are available each year within the region that includes the University of Windsor, McMaster University, Lakehead University and Western University. In order to increase accessibility and flexibility, components of courses are offered via distance education when it is feasible to do so without compromise to the quality of the learning experience. The School of Nursing provides details of course delivery and information on gaining access to courses on an annual basis to students enrolled in the program.