Overview

The Ontario Internationally Educated Nurses Course Consortium is developing a hybrid model, two-year competency-bridging program of study to help prepare Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to launch their registered nursing careers in Ontario. The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has provided financial support for the development and delivery of the competency-bridging program of study.

Applications for the second cohort will open in May 2019.

Program of Study Components

A tutorial on online learning
Two English language and communication courses
Six competency-based courses
Simulation labs
Two intensive clinical placements
24 hours of NCLEX-RN preparation
A workshop on resume writing and interview skills and job counselling support

The competency-bridging program of study is approximately 2 years in length. All of the courses are online, and involve synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. The courses will be module-based, scaffolded, and include built-in remediation to ensure learning outcomes are met before IENs advance in the courses. An English as an Additional Language expert will help develop all of the courses to ensure that they are appropriate for English as an Additional Language learners. There will be one-to-one opportunities between IENs and Course Instructors and Tutors so that IENs can receive the support and feedback they need. IENs will be supervised by Clinical Instructors and a Clinical Learning Facilitator during their clinical placements to ensure that they practice in a safe manner. The program of study will have a culturally inclusive and responsive learning environment to support IENs. Academic advising will also be available for IENs who are not successful in progressing forward in the program of study.

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 and become eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses if required.

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.

Vision

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