- PhD (Nursing), University of Ottawa (2013)
- BS/MS, State University of New York at Buffalo (2000)
- Nursing Diploma, Sir Sandford Fleming College (1991)
Dr. O’Rourke’s background is in primary care with a specific focus on the advancement of nursing and other allied health provider’s scope of practice within team based health care delivery models. She led the development of one of the initial Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics in Ontario. As the Chief Nurse Practitioner at the Belleville Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic she supported the development of an innovative model of team based health care delivery. She has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, more recently health assessment and pathophysiology.