PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: PNIE
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $4,173
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses

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Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses

Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses

The Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses program at Durham College (DC) is designed for applicants with nursing credentials from outside of Canada. It has been designed as a means to apply your nursing academic knowledge and skills from colleges and universities in other countries into an Ontario, Canada environment.

Successful graduates, who become registered practical nurses (RPNs), will combine knowledge, skills and judgment to provide safe, competent, ethical nursing care to meet the needs of all patients throughout the continuum of care.

DC’s curriculum is in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario‘s Professional Standards and Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Practical Nurses.

Following the assessment outlined by the College of Nurses of Ontario, and upon entrance to this program, Durham College will provide each student with her/his own program of study and requirements that will determine the program length in order to complete the diploma and CNO requirements.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

Approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Practical Nursing full-time program teaches the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice as a safe, competent and professional practical nurse, within the province of Ontario, Canada.

Applying the concept of caring as the basis of nursing, you will develop knowledge, skills and judgment in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for all age groups as they experience various health challenges. A particular focus is placed on the ability to communicate in a caring and therapeutic manner.

With a strong emphasis on practical hands-on experience, you will apply theory gained in the classroom and simulated lab practice to environments including:

  • Community.
  • Long-term care.
  • Maternal/child.
  • Mental health.

Upon completion of your program, you must successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) to become a registered practical nurse (RPN) in Ontario and a member of the CNO*.

*Please note: In Ontario the following conditions are laid out by the Nursing Act to be registered as a practical nurse. These conditions may affect your ability to register with CNO as an RPN after graduation.

Program approval status 

In accordance with the mandate of the CNO to communicate Practical Nursing program approval status with current and prospective students please note that:

The Practical Nurse Diploma Program at Durham College is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a registered practical nurse in Ontario.

To register as an RPN in Ontario you must meet the CNO requirements.

*CNO Fact Sheet Legislation and Regulation, An Introduction to the Nursing Act [1991]. This legislation for all individuals requesting registration should be reviewed by students applying to nursing programs. For information on how the legislation may affect you, please call the CNO at 1.800.387.5526.

Who should apply?

The Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses program is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Nurses educated outside of Canada who have a College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) letter and are interested in working as registered practical nurses (RPNs) in the province of Ontario.
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Admission Requirements

  • After an assessment from the National Nursing Assessment Service, applicants must provide a letter from the CNO outlining the learning gaps and knowledge, skills and experience required to write the practical nurse registration exam.
  • Applicants must have practiced as a nurse, or completed their nursing education within the last 10 years, as stated in the letter of direction from the CNO.  
  • As part of the application process:
    • An interview with the program coordinator is required.  
  • Transcript and resumé may be required.

 This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadlines. For more information, please contact recruitment@durhamcollege.ca  or call 905.721.3126.

PRE-PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. A CRC with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements.
  • Current Level-C cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), mask fit testing and first-aid from a recognized provider.
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider.
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Career Options

WHAT YOU COULD BE

Once you become a registered practical nurse (RPN) you can be employed as a frontline RPN caring for a wide range of patients/clients.

WHERE YOU COULD WORK

Graduates of this program, who successfully obtain their CNO license, could work at:

  • Hospitals (acute care, psychiatric).
  • Community service agencies.
  • Long-term care facilities.
  • Industry, clinic or physicians’ offices.
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Laptop Learning

Because some of the courses offered in this program are delivered online, a laptop is required in this program.

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Practicum

Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses prepares graduates to meet the challenges of the expanding role of nursing in today’s environment in Ontario. You will apply your learning with a variety of practicum experiences that are designed to prepare you to function as a graduate in diverse settings.

Placements are located at various hospitals and agencies throughout Durham Region and surrounding areas.

Your placement will provide:

  • A consolidation semester of full-time nursing experience gained via a partnership with a professional RPN.
  • Emphasis on building competence and confidence with caring and experienced faculty guidance.
  • Integration of theory, knowledge and practice in diverse settings.
  • Practicum experience through challenging learning opportunities in medical, surgical, mental health and community environments, as directed by the CNO.
  • Practice in a state-of-the-art simulation lab.
  • Small group instruction in practicum and lab settings.
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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates can apply to Durham College’s:

Qualified graduates could also apply to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) Bachelor of Allied Health Sciences or Registered Practical Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs.

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: PNIE
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $4,173
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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