Community Health Nursing in Canada - Theory PNUR 9037* (online)


Course Description

This self-paced online course will explore the roots of community health nursing in Canada and its evolution from the late 1800s to present day.  The over-arching nursing philosophy of patient-centered care is the lens through which learners will gain an understanding of the settings, functions and the roles of community health nurses.  This course incorporates community health foundations and principles related to health promotion, disease prevention and health program planning and evaluation aligned with cultural safety.  The goal for learners is to demonstrate entry level knowledge and understanding of community health nursing in Canada.  Content will include working with communities and populations across the lifespan, diversity and relational practice, Indigenous health, working with vulnerable populations, environmental health and disaster management.  Documenting in the Community Health Nurse role will also be covered.  Through the on-line learning platform learners will share their insights and perspectives through collaborative activities.  Learners will follow and influence an authentic unfolding case situation with the perspective of the community health nurse role.

Please note:  Applicants intending to register for Consolidated Clinical (PNUR 9130/9034/9020) are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the Consolidated Clinical websites for full details.

Course Format

This is a fully on-line, self-paced course.  This course is approximately 100 hours of self-guided online learning and learners must complete the course by the deadline, extensions are not possible.  Learners should be prepared to spend anywhere from 10-12 hours per week.   It is recommended learners register prior to the start of the course however, late registrants are permitted up to one week after the start of the course, but this will limit time available in the course.

Course Cost

$550.00 CAD, plus GST  (Please note: All Faculty of Health, Professional Studies course fees are non-refundable/non-transferrable.)  

Course Grade

Successful grade for this course is Mastery.

Learners who are not successful in PNUR 9037, Community Health Nursing in Canada - Theory (online) may attempt the course for a second time. Learners requesting a second attempt are required to seek permission from our office, in writing. Learners are advised to contact their Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body for advisement if they are not successful after a second attempt. Third attempts are not permitted. No exceptions. Please note, there is no appeal mechanism within KPU for students receiving non-mastery.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible to register, applicants must have one of the following:

  • Completion of KPU Competency Assessment and Enhancement for Nurses’ (CAEN) assessment; OR
  • A letter or email referral from a Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body; or
  • Nursing licensure (pre/post licensure) and foundational nursing knowledge

Please note:  Access to a computer and reliable internet is required

How to Register

Registration is completed via Elevate.  The course to search is PNUR 9037.

Registration deadline

Registration for this course closes one (1) week after the start of the course to ensure learners have sufficient time to complete the course.

Current Course Schedule

Current course schedules are available on Elevate by searching for PNUR 9037 and on our home page under "Upcoming Courses".

Text books/Course Materials

The required textbook for this course is Community Health Nursing in Canada, 3rd Edition Stanhope, Lancaster, Jakubec & Pike-MacDonald.

Reliable Internet access required.  Wi-Fi technology not recommended for quiz/tests.  Online course modality may not be fully functional when utilizing iPads &/or android devices.

Learning resources of approximately $100 CAD are an expected requirement when purchasing this course.  Fees are the responsibility of the learner and will be paid to the vendor directly.

It is the belief of FOHPS that these resources are vital and offer exceptional value as the resources are utilized in multiple FOHPS courses.  Students purchase the resource at the beginning of their educational journey for courses and may remain available for two (2) years after initial purchase.  The average cost of the e-resource is about $100 Canadian* dollars which is much less than most hardcover nursing textbooks. 


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