Working in Ontario
In Ontario, nursing is one profession with two categories – Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs). RNs and RPNs study from the same body of nursing knowledge. Programs for RN students are longer and more in depth, while RPN students study for a shorter time, resulting in a more focused body of knowledge.
If you are an internationally trained nurse and you want to practise in Ontario you must register with the College of Nurses of Ontario. To find out how to register, view the career map in the ‘Tools and Information’ section of this page.
Tools and Information
The Ontario Government has partnered with the College of Nurses of Ontario to create a Career Map for internationally trained nurses. The Career Map explains in detail every step of the registration process including the language requirements, labour market conditions, the credential assessment process and other important information.
Entry to practice requirements: You can find information on how you can practise as a regulated nurse in Ontario on HealthForceOntario.
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridge training programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
DID YOU KNOW?
HealthForceOntario offers a number of services to health professionals, including a recruitment centre and jobs listing service.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) for Internationally Educated NursesYork University
This program helps internationally educated nurses obtain the credentials needed to practice as a registered nurse in Ontario. The program offers participants academic training, skills upgrading, language training and clinical experience.
Program graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are qualified to write the Canadian Registered Nurses Exam.
Contact: Dr. Patricia Bradley
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 33182
Bridge to Certification for Internationally Educated NursesFanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
This program helps internationally educated nurses meet the regulatory requirements to become registered nurses and registered practical nurses in the province of Ontario. The program provides participants with academic and occupation-specific language training, registration exam preparation support as well as supervised clinical placements and mentorship opportunities.
Telephone: 519-667-2392 ext. 251
Bridge to Practice in OntarioCentennial College of Applied Arts and Technology
This program offers courses in occupation-specific language, workplace culture and communication, technical skills, clinical practice in simulation labs, Canadian work experience opportunities, employment preparation workshops and exam preparation.
Centennial College also offers pre-program courses for internationally educated nurses waiting for their Letter of Direction from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). The pre-program prepares internationally educated nurses for success in Centennial College’s main bridge training diploma program.
Building Internationally Educated Nurses’ Intercultural Competence through Technologically Enhanced LearningYork University
This program is designed to increase internationally educated nurses’ intercultural awareness using technology enhanced learning. This program is a component of York University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses program, and is available to participants of the program.
Contact: Dr. Patricia Bradley
Phone: 416 736 2100 ext 33182
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated NursesCARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
This program provides exam preparation, nursing-specific language training, counselling, financial advice, workshops, job shadowing, networking opportunities and job shadowing through health agencies in Ontario. CARE now has locations in Toronto, Brampton, Hamilton, Kingston and London.
Enhanced Academic Pathway for Nurses Graduate CertificateGeorge Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology
This program helps internationally educated nurses prepare for registration and employment by providing academic coursework, clinical placements, training workshops as well as mentoring and job search support opportunities. On-line courses will be developed and delivered in order to increase the flexibility of the program for participants. Completing the program leads to a nursing graduate certificate.
Telephone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2872
Gateway for Internationally Educated NursesChinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC)
This is a one-stop program to assist internationally educated nurses to obtain licensure and employment in their field in Toronto, York and Peel Regions. It includes an introduction to nursing in Ontario, nursing-specific language training, workplace culture training, registration exam preparation, mentoring, employment services and job placement.
Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) & English as a Second Language (ESL) Nursing ProjectHamilton Health Sciences
This program is for internationally trained registered nurses and registered practical nurses working at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre. The program provides services to address training and employment needs from recruitment and orientation to full clinical integration. The program also includes clinical assessment, clinical skills development, problem-solving, communication skills training, team relationships, professionalism and managing conflict in a hospital setting.
Keeping it Current for Internationally Educated NursesAlgonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
This program helps internationally educated nurses meet the requirements necessary to qualify for the registration examination and to practice in Ontario either as registered practical nurses (RPNs) or registered nurses (RNs). The program includes enhanced occupational-specific language training, in-class academic or simulated laboratory training, clinical placements, cultural competency, workplace preparation and registration exam support.
Contact: Mary Jane Burrows, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 613-727-4723 ext. 5085
Outreach Programming for Internationally Educated NursesMohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
This program offers training and supports to IENs living in the regions of Niagara, Waterloo, Halton, Dufferin and Peel. This program uses a combination of delivery methods including online modules, videoconferencing, and local classroom instruction. This program also includes clinical placements in order to help participants meet the requirements to write Ontario's nursing registration exams.
Phone: (905) 540-4247 ext. 26705
Location: Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Niagara, Dufferin and Peel regions
Pathways to Health Care Certification for Internationally Trained IndividualsConfederation College of Applied Arts and Technology
This program delivers training and supports to internationally educated nurses (IENs) living in Northwestern Ontario. It prepares IENs to write Ontario's nursing registration exams, and help them integrate effectively into Northwestern Ontario's health-care workforce.
Pre-Health Bridge to Practical Nursing DiplomaConestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
This 15-week program helps internationally educated health professionals obtain licensure and find work as Registered Practical Nurses. The program includes occupation-specific language preparation, pre-health academic course work and a practicum. Program graduates also qualify for accelerated completion of Conestoga College’s Practical Nursing Diploma.
Contact: Jane Richards
Telephone: 519-748-5220 ext. 2421
"Test for Success": Multifaceted Program to Promote Internationally Educated Nurse Success on the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE)York University
The "Test for Success" curriculum has been embedded in York University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses program. A website has been created for participants to learn effective test-taking strategies and take practice tests in preparation for the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination. This component is available only to participants of the BScN for Internationally Educated Nurses program.
Contact: Dr. Patricia Bradley
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 33182
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