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Family Practice Nursing Education Program


At a Glance

Credential Earned

Certificate of Completion


  • Full time: 16 weeks

See Plan of Study details for more information.


  • Independent, online learning with live classroom and simulation sessions
  • In-person skills lab in Halifax
  • Clinical placements divided into 3 blocks for a total of 150 hours


  • Fall: August 22, 2022–December 9, 2022
  • Winter: January 30, 2023–May 19, 2023

Registration Deadlines

  • Fall: June 20, 2022
  • Winter: November 28, 2022


The Family Practice Nursing Education Program (FPNEP) is designed to prepare Registered Nurses to work in primary health care settings. This performance-based program supports RNs to advance their clinical judgment, critical thinking, and clinical leadership in family practice. The program prepares nurses to provide safe, effective, and compassionate care to patients and families at the advanced beginner level.

The program uses a conceptual learning approach. Knowledge and skills are organized 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 integrated with others so, by the end of a program, graduates can apply all concepts to patient populations in a variety of primary health care settings. This active, learner-centred approach fosters critical thinking and a deeper understanding of clinical knowledge by building on previous knowledge. Learners are well-prepared to meet the dynamic and complex needs of patients in family practice settings.


  • Active-practicing RN license with the provincial regulator
  • Completion of Education Program for Immunization Competencies (EPIC) course
  • Support from an employer to attain the competencies to practice at optimal scope as an RN in family practice, which must include access to a primary care site to complete clinical experiences
  • Access to/training in electronic medical records (EMR) if used in current practice setting