COVID-19 update: The portion of the program beginning on May 4, 2020 may be be delivered online. Please note the admission requirements below.

George Brown’s Academic Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses Graduate Certificate is designed to help internationally educated nurses (IEN) meet the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) requirements for safe practice and language fluency so they can practice as registered nurses (RN) in Ontario. This certificate will also help IEN meet the CNO requirements for safe practice, language fluency, and education and competency gaps so they can practice as registered practical nurses (RPN) in Ontario. This nursing certificate emphasizes holistic care, cultural diversity/sensitivity, critical thinking and reflective practice. Courses take a patient-focused, family-centred and interprofessional approach. Current research, adult learning principles, social justice, best practices and lived experience provide the foundation for learning.

Our Academic Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses Graduate Certificate does not meet the registered nurse (RN) education competency gaps. It serves only as a bridge to university. Once you complete this certificate, you are able to apply to a university program that meets the RN education competency gaps.

Visit the Become a Nurse web page on the CNO website for important information on becoming a nurse in Ontario (including the requisite skills and abilities).

Intake 2020/2021

  • May
  • September
  • January
Courses available in class or online.

Admission Requirements

You must secure formal admission (see Application Process below) before you can register for courses. Admission will only be considered if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be an IEN.
  • You must have a letter of assessment or letter of direction from the CNO.
  • You must have a resumé/curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your previous nursing education and practice.
  • You must be eligible to study in Canada and be able to present proof of that eligibility (a copy of your landed immigrant/permanent resident/protected person status or a valid Canadian study permit).


If you are accepted into this certificate, you may be eligible for available bursaries. For details, contact the Continuing Education Nursing department by phone at 416-415-5000, ext. 2073, by email at [email protected] or by visiting their office (Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Dr. (WF), Room 229).