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P.O. Box 631 Station A
Toronto, ON, M1K 5E9


Practical Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses 7995

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Practical Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses
Centennial College's Practical Nursing Bridging Program for internationally-educated nurses (IENs) and Canadian-trained nurses has been specifically developed to meet the needs of internationally-educated nurses with an approved diploma in nursing out-of-country but who do not have an equivalent baccalaureate nursing degree in Canada. This program also provides Canadian registered practical nurses who (a) hold a certificate, with an academic pathway that will result in the achievement of an Ontario college diploma, or (b) have been directed by the CNO to provide proof of recent safe practice. For IENs, the program meets the challenges faced regarding registration exams, occupation-specific language, patient care skills and academic training to meet competencies required for registration and licensure as a nurse in Ontario. Internationally-educated nurses who do not wish to pursue baccalaureate nursing education in Canada may enrol in the Practical Nursing Bridging Program for internationally-educated nurses. This program is offered on a part-time basis through Continuing Education to help IENs who are unable to commit to a full-time program delivery model. By taking two to three courses each semester, the student will be able to complete program requirements in five semesters. Applicants should be aware, however, that the final course, PNUR-250 (Preceptorship), will require full-time commitment (40 hours/week) for 15 consecutive weeks. Successful completion of the program allows the internationally-educated-nurse with a diploma in practical nursing to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam. The internationally-educated-nurse will be able to integrate into the Canadian healthcare delivery system as a Registered Practical Nurse and provide care to clients with stable and predictable outcomes.
The curriculum of this program has been designed in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario's Professional Standards and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Practical Nurses and provides appropriate academic training to meet competency requirements for registration. This part-time program focuses on assisting internationally-educated nurses to develop their knowledge, critical thinking, communication, clinical skills and competencies to integrate into chronic or acute health-care settings. The curriculum is centred on the concept of caring as being central and unique in nursing. We believe that the values, which are important to the profession of nursing, should be evident in all relationships with faculty, students and administration. Caring, respect, honesty, integrity and other professional values should mark all our interactions with each other.
For further information, please contact Lisa Dibari at
Admissions Requirements:
1Admission Requirements
1. A letter from the College of Nurses of Ontario stating the courses required to write the practical nurse registration exams.
2. Applicants must have graduated from a nursing program, or practised as a nurse, within the last 10 years at the time of application, as noted on College of Nurses of Ontario letter of direction.
Non-academic requirements
Interview, transcripts and resume review may be required
English and/or math skills assessment may be required.
Contact Name
Lisa Dibari
Contact Telephone:
416-289-5000 ext. 8001
Mandatory Courses
Course Code Course Name
COMM-160 College Communications 1
COMM-161 College Communication 1 (ESL)
COMM-170 College Communication 2
COMM-171 College Communication 2 (ESL)
IEPN-122 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics 1
IEPN-123 Introduction to Nursing in Ontario
IEPN-124 Theoretical Concepts in Nursing 1
IEPN-125 Nursing Practice in Ontario
IEPN-126 Health Assessment: A Holistic Approach
IEPN-222 Pathophysiology/Pharmacotherapeutics 2
IEPN-223 Issues, Trends and Leadership in Nursing
IEPN-224 Theoretical Concepts in Nursing 2
IEPN-225 Nursing Practice in Ontario 2
PNUR-250 Preceptorship