A bridging/re-entry program is offered to IENs who may require additional training to enhance their knowledge and skills to practice at the required level of a Canadian RN. This education will help IENs meet the standards and competencies of CRNBC. The courses that you may need to take will be individually-based on where gaps in knowledge and skills exist. You may be only required to complete one course, or you may require several courses. These courses may be offered online or at a college/university.
Langara College: Located in Vancouver, B.C., Langara School of Nursing has two programs for International Educated Nurses (IEN). There is a one year Post Degree Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management Program and a two year Post Degree Diploma in Nursing Practice in Canada program.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Located in Langley, B.C., the Internationally Educated Re-Entry Certificate is a program that prepares you to practice in Canada. It focuses on enhancing your skills that you already have, as well as identifying and addressing your individual needs. After graduating, you are eligible to write the NCLEX. This course takes three semesters, approximately 1.5 years to complete.
Omni College: Located in Richmond, B.C., the Canadian Nursing Review Program for IENs combines coursework with a co-op work placement that prepares you for working in Canada. The program is specially designed for IENs and aims to prepare you for getting licensed in British Columbia. This course takes 18 months (full-time) to complete.
Thompson Rivers University: TRU is located in Kamloops, B.C. The Return to Registered Nurse Program Certificate is offered as a continuing education certificate, and assists IENs in preparing to write the national licensing exam. The program is based on Canadian Nursing Associations Standards, Best Practice Guidelines and the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia’s Competencies and Standards of Practice. It is offered online and takes one too three years to complete.
Douglas College: Located in New Westminster, B.C., the Career Paths for Immigrants-Health course at Douglas College assists nurses, general practitioners, sonographers, and health care assistants to receive the skills and training needed for the profession in B.C. You will work one-to-one with knowledgeable career coaches, and participants will gain valuable resources needed to assist in launching their career in Canada’s health care system.