The Ontario Internationally Educated Nurses Course Consortium is developing a hybrid model, two-year competency-bridging program of study to help prepare Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to launch their registered nursing careers in Ontario.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE SECOND COHORT ARE NOW CLOSED.

APPLICATIONS MIGHT OPEN FROM MAY 1, 2020 TO MAY 29, 2020 DEPENDENT ON CONTINUED FUNDING FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO.

The competency-bridging program of study is approximately 2 years in length. All of the courses are online and are supported by in-person simulation labs, clinical placements, and workshops. The courses will be module-based, scaffolded, and include built-in remediation to ensure learning outcomes are met before IENs advance in the courses. An English as an Additional Language expert will help develop all of the courses to ensure that they are appropriate for English as an Additional Language learners. There will be one-to-one opportunities between IENs and Course Instructors and Tutors so that IENs can receive the support and feedback they need. IENs will be supervised by Clinical Instructors and a Clinical Learning Facilitator during their clinical placements to ensure that they practice in a safe manner. The program of study will have a culturally inclusive and responsive learning environment to support IENs. Academic advising will also be available for IENs who are not successful in progressing forward in the program of study.

The competency-bridging program of study will enable IENs to address the competency gaps outlined in their Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Form from the College of Nurses of Ontario. Students who complete the competency-bridging program of study should meet the College of Nurses of Ontario’s nursing education requirement, evidence of recent practice requirement, and become eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses if required.

Program of Study Components

  • A tutorial on online learning
  • Two English language and communication courses
  • Six competency-based courses
  • Simulation labs
  • Two intensive clinical placements
  • 24 hours of NCLEX-RN preparation
  • A workshop on resume writing and interview skills and job counselling support

Mission Statement

To provide an accessible, flexible and high quality pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses to obtain their Registered Nursing education requirements to practice in Ontario.

Vision

Transitioning Internationally Educated Nurses into Registered Nurse practice to support Ontario’s healthcare needs.

Courses

Intensive Fundamentals Courses

  • English Language and the Culture of Nursing in Canada
  • Academic and Professional Writing

Competency-Based Courses

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to register for the competency-bridging program of study, applicants must have the following:

  1. A College of Nurses of Ontario Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Form which states the applicant’s competency gaps.
  2. Applicants must have a current open application with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  3. Proof of Canadian citizenship, or permanent residence status, or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of nursing in Ontario (see How to Apply page for details).
  4. Proof of Ontario residency. All applicants must be residents of Ontario (See How to Apply page for details).
  5. Proof of English language proficiency if English is an additional language for you (see How to Apply page for details).
  6. A working knowledge of computer technology in order to use the learning management system for the online components of the courses. Candidates must have access to a computer, Microsoft Office, and Internet for the courses.
  7. The competency-bridging program of study has online and face to face components. Students will be required to do independent and group work throughout the program of study. Applicants must be able to meet the scheduling requirements and time commitments needed for the program of study.

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria. There are no exceptions. Meeting eligibility criteria does not guarantee admission because there are a limited number of seats in the program of study.

Tuition

The total cost of tuition for the competency-bridging program of study is $5,200. Students will be required to pay tuition per semester based on the table above.

The total cost of textbooks and supporting materials for the competency-bridging program of study is $580.30. Students will also be required to pay for simulation lab kits, police record checks, and other costs as needed.

Funding Support

If you are a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario, you might be eligible to apply for the Nursing Education Initiative to receive a tuition reimbursement of up to $1,500. Please visit https://www.rpnao.org/practice-education/nursing-education-initiative for more details.

Windmill Microlending provides loans to immigrants of up to $10,000 to help them pay for the licensing or training they need to work in their field in Canada. To learn more, visit this link.

Additional sources of funding support may become available.