Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Certificate
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Overview

Note: This program has been deleted, effective November 19, 2015

The new Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP), delivered in partnership with the University of Regina, is now open for application. See Saskatchewan Collaborative Programs in Nursing for details.

As clinicians, leaders and role models, nurse practitioners bring a holistic approach to care that directly impacts the lives of individuals, families and even whole communities. Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Primary Care Nurse Practitioner advanced certificate program gives registered nurses (RNs) an opportunity to achieve the competencies required for nurse practitioner registration.

Building on registered nurse practice, the program blends in-depth knowledge of nursing theory and practice with legal authority and autonomy. You'll develop enhanced skills in health assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation within the framework of primary health care. Community development, health promotion and collaboration with multidisciplinary health care providers are essential components.

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. Our online educational format links you with fellow students across Canada, while also allowing you to interact with faculty. Clinical practice education enables you to hone your new nursing skills, preparing you for success in the real world.

On graduation, you will:

  • be eligible to apply for practice hours to maintain your registration with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) if registered in Saskatchewan while taking the program, and
  • be eligible to write the Canadian Nurses Association Nurse Practitioner exam and receive the Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) license in Saskatchewan

Is this program for you?

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who are lifelong learners and independent thinkers and who want to do more within their clinical practice. This means you would share greater responsibility for patient health, including diagnosing disease, ordering diagnostic tests, prescribing medications and drawing up care plans. You would work both autonomously and in collaboration with physicians and other health care providers. You could serve as a patient's primary health care provider, and see patients of all ages in a variety of community settings.

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic program is a distance education program taught entirely over the Internet, with clinical work experience in the community. It is designed to enable completion on a part-time basis within a two to five-year time frame. The online format allows you to continue working in your home community, maintaining job and/or family responsibilities while building your professional credentials.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As health care in Canada evolves to address complex issues of access and service delivery, demand for qualified nurse practitioners is expected to grow. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are in high demand to provide health promotion, health maintenance, chronic disease management and sick-care services.

As a nurse practitioner, you could manage the health needs of individuals and families in community health centres, northern and rural nursing stations and through collaborative practice teams. There are also job opportunities in community clinics and long-term care facilities. Increasing emphasis on prevention and public health will continue to create excellent job opportunities for nurse practitioners.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 1260 hours: 

Clinical - 700 hours; Theory - 560 hours


  • Distance Learning options available


Admission Requirements

  • Licensed with the registered nurses' licensing body in the jurisdiction where clinical experiences will occur
  • A minimum of two years full-time nursing experience within the past five years
  • NURS 225 (Health Assessment) or equivalent within the last year prior to acceptance to the program
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing
  • Current CPR Health Care Provider " C" AED or equivalent
  • English Language Requirement

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.


Year 3 only - $980


PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships

Additional Information

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  • This program has been deleted, effective November 19, 2015
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