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The following Bridge Training programs can help internationally educated nursing professionals gain the knowledge and information needed to get licensed and find a nursing job in Ontario.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) for Internationally Educated Nurses

School of Nursing, York University

Dr. Patricia Bradley, Assistant Professor - Coordinator, Internationally Educated Nurses BScN Program
Email: bradleyp@yorku.ca
Tel: (416)736-2100 ext. 33182
Location: Toronto

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.

Bridge to Certification for Internationally Educated Nurses

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology

Email: bien@fanshawec.ca
Tel: 519-667-2392 ext. 251
Location: London

This program helps internationally educated nurses meet the regulatory requirements for licensure in 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.

Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Nancy Brown, Program Manager
Phone: (905) 540-4247 ext. 26705
Email: nancy.brown@mohawkcollege.ca
Location: Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo and Niagara regions

Mohawk College's Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses program now provides distance education and online learning opportunities to internationally educated nurses in the Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo, Halton, and Peel Regions.

This program helps internationally educated nurses prepare for licensure. The program offers prior learning assessment, academic and occupation-specific language training, and work experience opportunities. Upon completion of the program, graduates also receive an Ontario College Certificate from Mohawk College.

Building Internationally Educated Nurses' Intercultural Competence through Technologically Enhanced Learning

York University

Contacts: Dr. Patricia Bradley, Assistant Professor - Coordinator, Internationally Educated Nurses BScN Program
Phone: (416) 736-2100 x 33182
Email: bradleyp@yorku.ca
Location: Toronto

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.

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

Contact: Susan VanDeVelde-Coke, Executive Director
Website: www.care4nurses.org
Email: info@care4nurses.org
Phone: (416) 226-2800
Location: Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, London, Windsor

This program provides exam preparation, nursing-specific language training, counselling, financial advice, workshops, networking opportunities and job shadowing through health agencies in Ontario. CARE now has locations in Toronto, Peel, Hamilton, Windsor, Kingston and London.

Enhanced Academic Pathway for Nurses Graduate Certificate

George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology

Email: gbradley@georgebrown.ca
Telephone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2872
Location: Toronto

This program helps internationally educated nurses prepare for registration and employment by providing academic coursework, interprofessional clinical placements, training workshops as well as mentoring and work readiness coaching and job search support opportunities. On-line courses have been developed and offered in order to increase the flexibility of the program for participants. Completing the program leads to a nursing graduate certificate.

Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) & English as a Second Language (ESL) Nursing Project

Hamilton Health Sciences

Daniela Dijmarescu, Project Manager
Tel: 905-521-2100 ext. 77512
E-mail: dijmares@hhsc.ca
Location: Hamilton

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.

IEN Bridging program

Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

Phone: 613-727-4723 ext. 5339
Contact: Michelle Morley,
Coordinator, IEN Bridging programs
email: morleym@algonquincollege.com
Location: Ottawa

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.

Bridge to Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Health Professionals Program

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Contact: Kim Radigan
Telephone: 519-748-5220 ext. 2410
Email: kradigan@conestogac.on.ca
Location: Kitchener

This 23-week Bridge prepares internationally educated health professionals to enter the final year (30 weeks) of the Practical Nursing diploma program at Conestoga. Students graduate with a diploma as an Ontario trained Practical Nurse and are eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exam.

Program start dates are March and July each year. Class sizes are limited to 35 students to ensure each one can have individual attention. Courses are delivered with a focus on oral and written communications in a health care environment and cultural aspects of the Canadian health care system. A supervised clinical experience in Canadian health care in an acute care environment is included.

"Test for Success": Multifaceted Program to Promote Internationally Educated Nurse Success on the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE)

School of Nursing, York University

Dr. Patricia Bradley, Assistant Professor - Coordinator, Internationally Educated Nurses BScN Program
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33182
Email: bradleyp@yorku.ca
Location: Toronto

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.

Bridge to Practice in Ontario: A Bridge Training Program for Internationally Educated Nurses

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.