A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has undergone advanced education and training and as a result can take on more responsibilities than a RN. In Canada, an NP can diagnose and manage diseases and disorders, conduct a complete physical, prescribe medication and make referrals to specialists. Some NPs specialize in particular areas of health care, such as family nursing or neonatal. NP programs in Canada are graduate programs and those who complete the program earn a Master's of Nursing (MN) degree.

University of Victoria

Graduates of the three-year nurse practitioner program at the University of Victoria become family nurse practitioners who diagnose and treat patients of all ages. The program consists of 24 units of study, five on-site components and a 200-hour internship. There is a part-time study option available for the first year; however, every year after that must be completed full time. Many of the nursing courses are taught through an online classroom. Students will take courses such as methodological knowledge and advanced practice nursing, advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning theory and applied pathophysiology.

University of Victoria 3800 Finnerty Road Victoria, BC Canada V8P 5C2 250-721-7211 uvic.ca

University of British Columbia

The nurse practitioner program at the University of British Columbia combines theoretical and clinical nursing practice in its curriculum. Students take courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology and health promotion. The program requires completion of a clinically-based project. Students are required to complete a minimum of 56 credits.

University of British Columbia 2329 West Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4 604-822-2211 ubc.ca

University of New Brunswick

Prospective students of the University of New Brunswick nurse practitioner program should be prepared for a heavy clinical component of the program. Students have the option of pursuing full-time or part-time studies. Students must take 17 courses, which include evidence-based nursing, advanced health assessment and primary health care management pediatrics. Nurse practitioner students will also have to complete a research paper. The full-time program can be completed in two years and the part-time program takes four years.

University of New Brunswick 23 Dineen Drive Fredericton, NB Canada E3B 5H1 506-453-4864 unb.ca