Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a resident of Ontario?

Yes, there are no exceptions.

Do I need to complete the entire program of study?

Yes, all students are required to complete the entire two year competency-bridging program of study. We do not offer any component of the program of study separately.

Do I need to provide proof of English language proficiency?

Yes, in order to be eligible for the competency-bridging program of study you must submit either your IELTS scores, or CELBAN scores, or a status update letter from the College of Nurses of Ontario stating that you have met the English language proficiency requirement, or a decision letter from the College of Nurses of Ontario’s Registration Committee stating that you have met the English language proficiency requirement, or if you are a Registered Practical Nurse in the general or temporary class, you can input your College of Nurses of Ontario applicant number into the application form. There are no exceptions.

Can I submit proof of English language proficiency after the application deadline?

No, you must submit proof of English language proficiency before the application deadline.

Will you accept unofficial CELBAN or IELTS test scores as proof of English language proficiency?

Yes, we will accept unofficial CELBAN and IELTS test scores.

Will the competency-bridging program of study help me address the College of Nurses of Ontario’s evidence of recent practice registration requirement?

Yes, students who complete the competency-bridging program of study will have addressed their evidence of recent practice registration requirement.

Will I receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree after completing the program of study?

No, you will not receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree after completing the competency-bridging program of study. The program of study is designed to help Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) address the competency gaps outlined in their Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Form. Students will receive certificates of course completion after completing the courses. A verification of course completion form will be sent to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) after an IEN completes the entire program of study to verify that the IEN has met the nursing education requirement and evidence of recent practice requirement. Please note that completion of the program of study does not guarantee registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario. All eight requirements listed on the CNO website must be met in order to achieve registration.

Will I be able to apply for a Masters Degree or PhD program after completing the program of study?

The competency-bridging program of study is not preparatory for a Masters Degree or PhD program.

How many applicants are accepted into the competency-bridging program of study each year?

45 applicants are accepted into the competency-bridging program of study each year.