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Practical Nurse Diploma for Internationally Educated Nurses

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Practical Nurse Diploma for Internationally Educated Nurses

Program requirements for May 2024

Academic requirements
  • Diploma or degree in a health care field from an accredited institution outside of Canada
English language proficiency requirements

This program is designed for internationally educated nurses that have a desire to obtain nursing designation in Canada. If English is your second language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency before admission. These results must be no more than two years old when you start your program.

Test scores we accept:

  • IELTS Academic: no score below 7.5 in listening, 7 in speaking, 6.5 in reading, 7 in writing
  • TOEFL iBT: 94
  • CELBAN: no score below 10 in listening, 8 in speaking, 8 in reading, 7 in writing
  • minimum of 50% in ESLG 1860 and ESLG 1861

If you do not yet meet the English language proficiency requirements of the Practical Nurse for Internationally Educated Nurses program, there is an opportunity to take English language courses in your first term. Test scores we accept for this English language stream of the program are:

  • IELTS Academic: no score below 6 in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • TOEFL iBT: 71
  • CELBAN: no score below 7 in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • minimum of 80% in ESLS 7000 or ESLS 7100, and 80% in ESLW 7000 or ESLW 7100
  • Duolingo: 110

Practicum/work experience requirements

Before you attend your first practicum, you will need:

  • to successfully complete all prerequisite courses.
  • the following courses. Certificates will be awarded upon completion:
    • WHMIS: XBUS 1017 (current within three years)
    • BLS (CPR): XHLT 1200 (current within one year)
    • It's Your Move: XHLT 1070 (current within one year)
    • HPBE: XHLT 1023 (current within three years)
  • a clear Police Information Check. A Vulnerable Sector Check is also needed if you are over 18 years of age.
  • an up-to-date immunization record.
  • to complete the AHS or Covenant Health information & privacy online learning module.
  • to complete the HSPNet consent form.
  • N95 mask fit testing (current within two years).

There may be costs associated with completing these requirements. See Completing work, practicum, and clinical requirements for details and further instructions.

International students: You must get a co-op work permit before beginning the work-integrated learning component of the program. A medical exam may also be needed. See Co-op work permit for more information.

Progression and graduation

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is needed to be considered in good academic standing.

Students must pass all courses and achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) to qualify for graduation. The program must be completed within five years of your start date.

Honours criteria

  • Overall grade point average (GPA) greater than or equal to 3.7
  • The student must not have failed or repeated any courses

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