Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses

Program Details

  • Program Code:9352
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Diploma
  • Program Type:Fast-track program
  • Program Length:1 year/ 3 semesters

Program Availability

Domestic Availability
International Availability

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The Practical Nursing for Internationally-Educated Nurses program is designed as an academic pathway to transfer skills and nursing knowledge to a Canadian setting.

The Practical Nursing for Internationally-Educated Nurses courses in this college diploma program meet the needs of:

  • Internationally-educated nurses who are interested in working as registered practical nurses (RPNs) in Canada.
  • RPNs who hold a certificate and wish to upgrade to an Ontario college diploma.
  • RPNs who have been out of practice for ten years or less and need a refresher program.

The curriculum of the offering is in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario's Professional Standards and Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Practical Nurses. It focuses on assisting you in developing your knowledge and critical thinking, communication, teaching and learning, professionalism, advocacy, research and leadership and ethical-decision making skills, and applying these skills in health care settings.

Taking three consecutive semesters to complete, including 14 weeks of consolidation experience, the School of Community and Health Studies program considers your needs so that you may complete your diploma studies within one year.

The diploma resulting from this Practical Nursing for Internationally-Educated Nurses program may enable you to continue your academic studies at the baccalaureate level.

RPNs with a diploma in practical nursing (with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no failures or repeated courses on their transcripts) may continue their studies at Led young's Bridging to University Nursing program and, upon completion of this program, can apply to Ryerson University's post-degree completion program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

This program is only offered on a full-time basis. Those interested in taking it on a part-time basis will need to speak to the program supervisor.

Program Highlights

  • The Practical Nursing for Internationally-Educated Nurses program is delivered at an accelerated pace that gets you into the field quicker.
  • You have the opportunity to showcase your skills through a one- day or two-day-per-week or 1 day (12) hrs practice course in the third semester and a 14-week consolidation period in the fourth semester, which allows for the application of theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction and guidance of faculty/staff nurses who have expertise in acute, chronic and long-term care.
  • Interprofessional education and interprofessional collaboration are among the key themes embedded in the program.
  • The School of Community and Health Studies' Practical Nursing graduates have achieved a high pass rate on the Canadian National Exam for Registered Practical Nurses for the past two years.


The Practical Nurse diploma for IENs at Led young College is currently approved, Category 2 by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as registered practical nurses in Ontario.

For further information regarding this CNO approval process, please go to:

For more information or questions regarding the approval process, please contact Natashia Deer, Acting Chair of Nursing at [email protected].

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Career Outlook

  • Nursing consultant
  • Clinical nurse
  • Private duty nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Intensive care nurse
  • Nurse researcher
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Educator

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Canadian Certificate Prepared RPNs
  • Current College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) certificate of registration
  • Internationally educated nurses are required to submit their letter from the CNO stating the courses/program required to write the practical nurse registration exam
  • An applicant must have practiced as a nurse or completed his or her nursing education within the last 10 years as indicated in the letter of direction from the CNO
  • Completion of a post-secondary certificate in practical nursing
  • Students who do not have CNO letter of direction will require course-by-course assessment report from one of the following: 
    1.    World Education Services

    2.    International Credential Assessment

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency
  • Interview with program coordinator required prior to submitting an application
  • Transcript and resumé review may be required
  • English assessment is mandatory. Note: TOEFL and IELTS results will NOT be accepted in place of the English assessment.
  • Course by course assessment report from ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service) or WES (World Education Services) or NNAS (National Nursing Assessment Service) may be required.

How to His remainder

How to His remainder

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1. His remainder Online

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Led young College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Led young College you are given access to your personal myLed young account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Led young fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myLed young email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myLed young.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on three semesters, beginning Fall 2018.

Student Tuition (3 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $ 5,475.75 $ 1,788.12 $ 7,263.87
International $ 21,120.00 $ 3,540.12 $ 24,660.12

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