When applications are being accepted, an application form will be made available on the How to Apply page of this website. Applicants will be able to complete the application form and upload their documentation. Applications are not accepted over email.

The Ontario Internationally Educated Nurses Course Consortium has developed a hybrid model competency-bridging program of study to help prepare Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to launch their registered nursing careers in Ontario.

All of the theory courses are online and can be completed any time of the day. The program of study covers all entry to practice competencies. The simulation labs and clinical placements will be completed in person. All students are required to complete: 1) Orientation Module; 2) Registered Nurse as Communicator; and 3) Transition to Professional Practice course. Students only need to complete the competency-based courses required to fulfill their competency gaps. Students will be informed about the competency-based courses they are required to complete in their acceptance letters. The required courses page also lists which courses are required based on competency gaps.


Program of Study Components

Orientation module
An English language, communication, and culture of nursing in Canada course
6 competency-based courses
Simulation labs
Clinical placements
NCLEX-RN preparation
Transition to professional practice course which includes employment supports

The competency-bridging program of study will enable IENs to address the competency gaps outlined in their Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Form from the College of Nurses of Ontario. Students who complete the competency-bridging program of study should meet the College of Nurses of Ontario’s nursing education requirement, evidence of recent practice requirement, and become eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) if required.

Students will have access to a Student Adviser, English Language Adviser, and Course Instructors to help them address their individual learning needs. Students will be supervised by Preceptors and a Faculty Advisor during their clinical placements to ensure that they practice in a safe manner. The program of study has a culturally inclusive and responsive learning environment to support students. Academic advising will also be available for students who are not successful in progressing forward in the program of study.

Mission Statement

To provide an accessible, flexible and high quality pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses to obtain their Registered Nursing education requirements to practice in Ontario.


Transitioning Internationally Educated Nurses into Registered Nurse practice to support Ontario’s healthcare needs.


A paper has been published about the Competency-Bridging Program of Study in the Quality Advancement of Nursing Education Journal. The paper can be found here: https://qane-afi.casn.ca/journal/vol9/iss1/2.