Health Assessment for Primary Care Nursing


Health Assessment for Primary Care Nursing


Time Commitment
72 Hours
Course Dates
February 2024 - March 2024
Enrolment Period
To Be Announced

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Information Session

Elevate your nursing practice with the Health Assessments For Primary Care Nursing micro-credential. Discover how this course can enhance your skills in a free information session on November 30, 2023.


About this Course

Canada is engaged in primary healthcare reform, which involves shifting primary healthcare to integrated teams of providers accountable for providing comprehensive services to their clients. Health Canada reported a “growing consensus that family physicians, nurses, and other professionals working as partners will result in better health, improved access to services, more efficient use of resources, and better satisfaction for both patients and providers.”

This course will assist nurses in advancing their assessment skills by developing a systematic process for assessing physical, mental and functional aspects of patient health and improving their expertise in data collection and diagnostic formulation. Learners will develop clinical reasoning and decision-making to assess clients accurately, inform nursing diagnoses, and develop comprehensive care plans for health challenges commonly seen in a primary healthcare setting across the lifespan.

Preceptorship Requirements:

All interested learners are required to identify a potential preceptor for their preceptorship experience. This healthcare professional may be a Registered Nurse, Registered Nurse Practitioner, or Licensed Medical Physician.

Guidance on finding a preceptor is provided, with different instructions for those in primary care settings and those who are not.

Contact information for the UBCO Nursing Practice Placement Coordinator is provided to assist in finding a preceptor.

Designed for

  • Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses with a university degree and registered in good standing in one of the Canadian Provinces;
  • Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses currently practicing in a primary care setting and wanting to further develop their skills to practice to a fuller scope or
  • Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses wanting to seek employment in a primary care setting or
  • Students in good standing in year four of a nursing baccalaureate program in one of the Canadian Provinces interested in primary care nursing.

Course Structure and Delivery

This micro-credential course is a 70-hour program that comprises two courses. The first course focuses on knowledge and skills acquisition, followed by an applied preceptorship in the second course.

Course One: A blend of asynchronous coursework (approx. 24 hours) and online classes (12 hours). The synchronous portion of this course (12 hours) will consist of 4 online sessions lasting 3 hours each. These online and interactive classes will deepen your understanding of critical concepts through case presentations, conceptual questions, and group discussions.

Course Two: The clinical practicum portion, which includes a blend of asynchronous modules (approx. 21 hours) and intentional learning practice activities (15 hours).

  • SONNC 0001 – Health Assessment for Primary Care Fundamentals 
  • SONNC 0002 – Health Assessment for Primary Care Preceptorship 
  • Successful completion of SONNC 0001 is required prior to embarking on SONNC 0002. 
  • Successful completion of SONNC 0001 and SONNC 0002 will result in a Letter of Proficiency. 

Course Schedule


More information is coming soon.

The clinical practicum portion, which includes a blend of asynchronous modules and intentional learning practice activities, must be completed by May 30, 2024.

Credential Awarded

Learners who successfully complete Health Assessment for Primary Care Nursing course will receive:

  • a UBC Okanagan Non-credit Letter of Proficiency



  • Fourth-year nursing students registered in a Canadian School of Nursing for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses with a university degree who currently hold an active registration, in good standing, in one of the Canadian provinces.


  • Access to a computer with a recent operating system, web browser and updated version of Zoom
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Microphone, speakers and webcam

Instructional Team

Lindsay Kennedy (RN, MSN) – is an Associate Professor of Teaching for the School of Nursing at UBC Okanagan. With over 15 years of experience as a Nursing Educator, Lindsay is passionate about nursing education related clinical reasoning, including advanced patient assessment and care. Over the course of her nursing career, Lindsay has had the opportunity to practice nursing and support nursing students in the following areas: primary care, acute medicine/surgery, emergency, and intensive care.

Shannon Moore (RN(c), BScN) –is a Primary Care Registered Nurse in Kelowna, British Columbia, an MSN student in the School of Nursing at UBC Okanagan and is passionate about advancing the role and scope of primary care nurses. Over a two-decade nursing career, Shannon has worked in Alberta, BC, and the NWT doing a little bit of everything, including primary, acute and critical care, emergency, pediatrics, psychiatry, sexual health and teaching a variety of certification courses and precepting.


Program Costs

Standard Fee: $600 + GST
Special Offer: $200 discount for the first offering
Estimated Course Material Costs: Approximately $250.00 (for textbooks and other materials)

Refunds and Cancellations

Learners who wish to initiate a refund or cancellation must do so a minimum of four weeks before the course starts.

Last updated: 2023-11-28 10:14

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