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). 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 study:
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 three years to complete all courses.
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’ll also prepare to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE).
When you complete the program, you’ll be ready to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE).
Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
Whether you already live in Saskatchewan or are planning to move here, Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses will help you qualify to practice in the province. Once your credentials are recognized by the SRNA, you’ll discover career opportunities in hospitals, northern health facilities, community clinics, long-term care facilities and more.
For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you or visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
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NRSG 251 is specifically designed to meet the need for the health regions to provide face-to-face instruction for their internationally educated nursing students. All other students take NRSG 219 and NRSG 220.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.