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.

The program of study covers all entry to practice competencies. All components of the program of study except for the clinical placements are completed online. The clinical placement is completed in person. All students are required to complete the Orientation Module and Transition to Professional Practice course. Students who have competency gaps and need to meet their nursing education requirement should complete the Entry to Practice Competencies for Internationally Educated Nurses course. Students who need to meet their evidence of recent practice requirement should complete the Virtual Simulation Labs and Clinical Placement course. Students will be informed about the program of study components they need to complete in their acceptance letters.


Program of Study Components

Orientation module
Entry to Practice Competencies for Internationally Educated Nurses Course
Virtual Simulation Labs
Clinical Placement Course
Transition to professional practice course which includes employment supports, NCLEX-RN preparation, and virtual simulations on challenging conversations

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.