Health Assessment for Primary Care Nursing

Faculty of Health and Social Development Nursing

Health Assessment for Primary Care Nursing


Time Commitment
70 Hours
Program duration
February 1 - May 30, 2024
Enrolment Period
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About this Program

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. In a Health Canada report, Sargious (2007)1 argued that “there is 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 micro-credential program 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:

This program involves a preceptorship component in a primary care setting. The preceptor may be a Registered Nurse, Registered Nurse Practitioner, or Licensed Medical Physician. To provide flexibility for learners with respect to timing, location and context, all learners are responsible for identifying a potential preceptor and working with UBC Okanagan to secure the placement. In cases where learners are unable to identify a potential preceptor, UBC Okanagan will work with a learner to arrange for a preceptorship, but cannot guarantee a placement in all cases.

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1 Sargious, Peter. (2007). Chronic Disease Prevention and Management: Glass Half Empty, Glass Half Full. Health Canada. Available at:

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.

Program Structure and Delivery

This 70-hour micro-credential program comprises two courses. The first course, Health Assessment for Primary Care Fundamentals, focuses on knowledge and skills acquisition. The second course, Health Assessment for Primary Care Preceptorship, is an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained.

  • You must successfully complete Health Assessment for Primary Care Fundamentals (SONNC 0001) prior to starting Health Assessment for Primary Care Preceptorship (SONNC 0002).
  • Successful completion of SONNC 0001 and SONNC 0002 will result in a Letter of Proficiency.

Program Schedule

SONNC 0001 – Health Assessment for Primary Care Fundamentals

A blend of asynchronous coursework (approx. 18 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 Duration:

Feb 1 – March 16, 2023

The synchronous sessions will occur between 09:00-12:00 Pacific Time via online web conferencing  across 4 Saturdays.

Saturday, February 10, 2024 9:00am – 12:00pm Pacific
Saturday, February 24, 2024 9:00am – 12:00pm Pacific
Saturday, March 2, 2024 9:00am – 12:00pm Pacific
Saturday, March 9, 2024 9:00am – 12:00pm Pacific

*The last day to submit assignments is Saturday, March 16.

SONNC 0002 – Health Assessment for Primary Care Preceptorship

The clinical preceptorship includes a blend of asynchronous modules (approx. 25 hours) and intentional learning practice activities (15 hours).

Course Duration:

March 17– May 30, 2023.

*Note that the website for Health Assessment for Primary Care Fundamentals will open approximately March 8; instructors will provide an overview of the preceptorship course website and resources as part of the March 9 session of SONNC 001

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, learners are awarded a UBC Okanagan Letter of Proficiency (a non-credit credential).

The credential is provided in paper format. Learners will also receive a verifiable digital badge (which has descriptive metadata about the learning achievement) for sharing through digital channels.



  • a Registered Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse with a university degree in good standing in a Canadian Province or Territory; or
  • a 4th year student registered and in good standing in a Bachelor of Science Nursing program in a Canadian School of Nursing.


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


  • Ball, J., Seidel, H. M., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2023). Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination: An interprofessional approach (10th edition). Elsevier.


Program and Material Costs

Standard Fee: $600
Special Offer: $200 discount for the first offering
Textbook: Buy New: $204.80 or Buy Digital: $149.99

The textbook can be purchased through the UBCO Bookstore. Prior to purchasing this text, you may wish to review the library available through your health authority to see if you have free access.

Refunds and Cancellations

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

Additional Info

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.


For additional information regarding registration in this course:
For information regarding the content and deliver of this course contact the course instructor: Lindsay Kennedy (

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Last updated: 2024-04-09 03:39

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