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Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses (Part-time studies)

School of Nursing Applied Certificate

This program is also available on campus. For more information visit the program page.

Program Overview

If you're an internationally-educated nurse who wants to practice nursing in Saskatchewan, you will need to update your credentials to meet the competencies set out by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA), or for the regulatory body in the province in which you reside. We are unable to accept internationally educated nurses from Ontario or British Columbia. Saskatchewan Polytechnic is here to help you gain the knowledge and skills to work as a registered nurse (RN) in Canada.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses (ONCIEN) program is an online applied certificate program. It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills you need to work as a nurse in Canada. You will:

  • learn about the Canadian health care system
  • study health assessment, health challenges, communications, and care of the elderly
  • study medical technology, terminology and drug therapy theory in Canada
  • study regulations, ethics, safety and cultural competency
  • explore issues generated by language barriers and cultural differences
  • have your clinical skills assessed in comparison to techniques and equipment used in Canada
  • take part in simulation labs and supervised clinical practice education, and
  • prepare to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Orientation to Nursing in Canada program is highly regarded across Canada. Because it is offered online (with access to tutor support via telephone, fax and/or email), you can work from your own home, on your own time and at your own pace. You have two years to complete all courses.

Practical Learning

The program is designed to give you hands-on practice with nursing skills, documentation and equipment. You'll take part in simulation labs and supervised clinical practice education, and you'll have your clinical skills assessed in comparison to techniques and equipment used in Canada.

You’re Ready to Earn Professional Credentials

Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Graduation/Completion Requirements

  • Successful completion of all theory courses (except the Communications courses) with a grade of 60% or better
  • Successful completion of the Communications courses, skills lab and clinical experience is a pass-fail designation based on identified criteria
  • PLAR and Transfer Credit

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Courses currently offered through part-time studies

Semester 1

Nursing in Canada 1 (NRSG-219CE)
Nursing in Canada 2 (NRSG-220CE)

Semester 2

Health Assessment 1 (NRSG-200CE)
Health Assessment 2 (NRSG-201CE)
Pharmacology Review (PHAR-202CE)

Semester 3

Common Health Challenges (NRSG-221CE)
Communications 1 (NRSG-224CE)

Semester 4

Caring for the Elderly Client (NRSG-222CE)
Communications 2 (NRSG-225CE)
Communications 3 (NRSG-226CE)

Semester 5

Clinical Experience (CLIN-209CE)
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