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Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses

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Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated		Nurses

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). 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:

  • 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;
  • learn about medical technology, terminology, and drug therapy theory in Canada;
  • 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’ll also prepare to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE).

You’re Ready to Earn Professional Credentials

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.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

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.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September to May (ongoing):

Length: Equivalent to 32 weeks of full-time study. 

You will have two years to complete the program.

For a list of currently available courses, click here.

Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • A letter from the SRNA (or from the regulatory body in the province where the student resides) recommending the candidate for the ONCIEN program and indicating the candidate meets English language proficiency

Note:

  • Proof of current Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR) certification is required prior to entry into the clinical practicum.
  • Current CPR Health Care Provider "C" AED or equivalent is required prior to participating in CLIN 209 Clinical Experience.
  • Current immunization is required prior to participating in CLIN 209 Clinical Experience.
  • A Criminal Record Check is required prior to participating in CLIN 209 Clinical Experience. A student may be declined access to a clinical placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. A student must complete the clinical practice experience to graduate from the program. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is the student's responsibility.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

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.

Tuition and Fees

For more information, contact oncien@saskpolytech.ca

Courses

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Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 209
Clinical Experience
16
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Your clinical experience will help you make the transition into clinical nursing in Canada. You will demonstrate competence in theoretical knowledge specific to the clinical area. To meet the clinical learning outcomes and perform a self-evaluation, effective communication skills are important.
Credit Units: 16
Course Hours: 240.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 223
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Clinical/Practicum
NRSG 200
Health Assessment 1
3
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Health Assessment 1 is the first of two courses that focus on the theory related to physical assessment. You will study interviewing techniques, history taking and a head-to-toe physical assessment. You will learn about assessment of the integumentary system, head and neck, breasts and axillae, lungs and thorax, and cardiovascular, peripheral vascular and lymphatic systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Online - Individual
NRSG 201
Health Assessment 2
2
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Building on the theory you learned in NRSG 200 (Health Assessment 1), you will continue to study the assessment of body systems. The course content includes assessment of the abdomen, musculoskeletal system, neurological system, male and female genitalia and rectum, adapting techniques of health assessment to other age groups and psychological and sociocultural assessment.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 200(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Online - Individual
NRSG 219
Nursing in Canada 1
3
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Your studies will focus on nursing in Canada. You will learn about the role of the nurse in primary health care and how nurses can influence the determinants of health to improve the health of Canadians. You will examine ways in which nurses can be sensitive to the diversity of their clients and how they can support First Nations communities and their traditional health care practices. You will be introduced to the key concepts associated with a systems approach to client safety.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Online - Individual
NRSG 220
Nursing in Canada 2
2
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You will apply theory related to critical thinking, decision making and the nursing process. You will demonstrate reporting and recording in nursing, and teaching and learning. You will examine and solve legal and ethical issues in nursing. This is the second of two courses that focus on nursing in Canada.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Online - Individual
NRSG 221
Common Health Challenges
3
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You will focus on common health challenges that Canadians experience and the nursing care required to support clients (and their families) experiencing those health challenges.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): PHAR 202, NRSG 201, NRSG 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Online - Individual
NRSG 222
Caring for the Elderly Client
2
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You will review the growth and development of the older adult. You will explore issues related to older adults (including elder abuse and neglect, the caregiver role and institutionalization). You will examine drug-related issues affecting older adults. You will explore the nursing care required to support older adults (and their families) experiencing elder abuse and/or neglect, and loss, grief and/or death.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Online - Individual
NRSG 223
Clinical Skills Lab
5
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The course will help you adapt your nursing skills to the techniques used in Canada. You will review and practice basic nursing skills (including general physical assessment techniques).
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 201, NRSG 219, NRSG 221, NRSG 222, NRSG 226
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lab/Practical
NRSG 224
Communications 1
2
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You will learn and apply Canadian nursing language skills in conducting a nurse-client interview. You will study communication skills, culturally appropriate communication, confidentiality, effective interviewing techniques, assertive communication.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Online - Individual, Lecture/Theory
NRSG 225
Communications 2
2
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You will learn how to communicate effectively with other health care professionals and staff at work. You will also examine interpersonal and workplace communication skills.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Online - Individual, Lecture/Theory
NRSG 226
Communications 3
2
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You will learn how to communicate effectively with patients and families. You will study the concepts of caring communication, health teaching, listening, attending and responding. Interactive activities will allow you an opportunity to apply theory.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 225
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Online - Individual
NRSG 251
Professional Nursing in Canada
5
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You will examine professional nursing in Canada. You will learn about the role of nursing in primary health care and how nurses can influence the determinants of health. You will review critical thinking, decision making, the nursing process and reporting and recording in nursing. You will identify legal and ethical issues that affect nurses in Canada. You will examine ways in which nurses can be sensitive to the diversity of their clients and how they can support First Nation communities and their traditional health care practices.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory
PHAR 202
Pharmacology Review
3
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Your studies will focus on a review of the basic principles of pharmacology and common medication classifications. You will explore general nursing roles and responsibilities related to drug administration in Canada. You will identify cultural factors influencing drug therapy. You will review adapting drug therapy for children and older adults, correct drug dosages and IV rate calculations. You will explore the phenomenon of pain and the implications for nursing care for clients experiencing pain.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Online - Individual

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.

 

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 & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

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.


Transfer Credit

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.

 

Student Awards

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.

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Accreditation

Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) 5 years until June 2018.

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