Questions and Answers

Question: Am I eligible for the competency-based courses?

Answer: It depends on the gaps identified in your IEN Competency Assessment Form. Only IENs with competency gaps exclusively in one or more of the areas of ethical practice, self-regulation, professional responsibility and accountability, and service to the public will be eligible for stream 1. Applicants with competency gaps in any other areas are not eligible for stream 1.

Question: Will the courses help me fill any of my competency gaps?

Answer: The competency-based courses will help IENs fill competency gaps in the areas of ethical practice, self-regulation, professional responsibility and accountability, and service to the public.

Question: Do I need to do the intensive fundamentals courses to qualify for the competency-based courses?

Answer:  Yes

Question: How many spots are available in each course?

Answer: We estimate that up to 35 spots will be available per course.  If there is more demand, more sections of a course may be added.  A minimum number of registrants will be needed to run a course.

Question: Will I be able to count these courses as credit towards a Canadian baccalaureate degree in nursing?

Answer:  It depends on the degree program with which you subsequently register. Some programs may give you credit, or partial credit, for the competency-based courses.  

Question: Can I apply for a BScN program for IENs at the same time as I apply for the competency- based courses?

Answer: Yes you can apply for both at the same time.  If you are accepted into the BScN program for IENs, you can consult with the program advisor about whether there are any advantages for you to take the competency-based courses, e.g. credit transfer.

Question:  Will taking these courses address the recent clinical practice experience requirement for registration with CNO?

Answer: No. If you need clinical practice experience, you will need to speak to a university or college in your region to see if they can assist you.