Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses

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Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated		Nurses

Program Overview

Note:
Current students will complete this program August 20, 2021.
Effective August 31, 2020, this program is known as Registered Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses (RNBP/IEN).

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. 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 50% 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

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, January and April



Length:

64 weeks (16 weeks x 4 semesters)


You will have two years to complete the program.

For a list of currently available courses, click here.

Locations

  • Online/Distance

  • Some programs offered online or otherwise by distance (i.e., correspondence) include on-site labs, clinicals, practicums or work experiences. They may be offered course-by-course or full-time, or both, and deliveries may change over time.

Part-time Delivery

To graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply to the program and be admitted before taking any program courses.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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. The cost of TLR certification is your responsibility.
  • Current CPR Health Care Provider "C" AED or equivalent is required prior to participating in CLIN 209 Clinical Experience. The cost of CPR certification is your responsibility.
  • Current immunization is required prior to participating in CLIN 209 Clinical Experience.
  • A Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search 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 and Vulnerable Sector Search. A student must complete the clinical practice experience to graduate from the program. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current N95 respirator mask testing prior to entry into the clinical practicum. The cost of N95 respirator mask testing is your responsibility.
  • Effective July 1, 2019: Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your 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

Tuition amounts will vary depending on the number of courses assigned by your regulatory body. Please be aware that the cost per credit unit is approximately $316.00. Contact ONCIEN@saskpolytech.ca for specific tuition information based on your assessment and completion timeline.  

Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
NRSG 103
Nursing in Canada
3
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Your studies will focus on nursing in Canada. You will learn about the healthcare system and describe the nursing profession in Canada. You will identify the roles and responsibilities of a registered nurse and describe client-centered and collaborative care. You will learn the Canadian Nursing Association’s Code of Ethics and examine ethical and legal issues in nursing. You will apply theory related to critical thinking, decision making, the nursing process, and teaching and learning. You will examine the role of the nurse as a leader and describe emerging trends for nursing in Canada.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
NRSG 120
Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing Communication
3
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You will study the importance of therapeutic communication skills for Canadian nurses. You will recognize commonly used medical terminology and apply the principles of basic communication skills in an interprofessional healthcare setting. You will identify the concepts of health teaching and conflict management skills in dealing with clients and their families.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
NRSG 104
Health Assessment
4
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You will learn how to conduct a systematic holistic health assessment, and how to adapt your health assessment techniques across the lifespan. You will demonstrate a modified head-to-toe assessment, applicable in any clinical practice education setting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
PHAR 202
Pharmacology
3
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You will explain the importance of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and outline major medication classifications and nursing implications. You will describe general nursing roles and responsibilities related to medication administration in Canada and identify medication therapy for special populations. You will calculate correct medication dosages, explore the concept of pain and the associated nursing implications, as well as identify complementary and alternative medication therapies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): PHAR 202CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
NRSG 221
Adult Health Nursing
4
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You will focus on nursing care required to support clients facing surgery, experiencing cancer and undergoing alterations in immune function. You will also examine the nursing care required to support clients experiencing a wide range of health alterations in cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, metabolic, digestive, oxygenation, neurological, psychosocial, sexuality and reproduction, and musculoskeletal systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): PHAR 202
Equivalent Course(s): NRSG 221CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
NRSG 222
Gerontological Nursing
3
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You will study the growth and development of elderly clients, considering how nurses can assist the elderly and their caregivers to achieve healthy aging. Nursing care required to support elderly clients with issues related to medications, psychosocial health, complex health needs, and loss and grief will also be discussed.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): NRSG 222CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 209
Clinical Practice Education Experience
16
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Progressing through an instructor-led to a preceptor-led clinical practice education experience, you will transition to a Canadian Registered Nurse. You will demonstrate competence in theoretical and practical knowledge in nursing, make use of effective communication skills, and perform a self-evaluation. You will also provide holistic, safe, competent, ethical, and professional nursing care.
Credit Units: 16
Course Hours: 240.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 223
Equivalent Course(s): CLIN 209CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Online, Prior Learning
NRSG 223
Clinical Skills Lab
5
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You will learn to practice the nursing skills and assessments required for each body system. You will demonstrate competence in theoretical and practical knowledge in nursing, as well as safely administer medications, blood, and blood products. Finally, you will consolidate your learning by performing an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 104, PHAR 202
Equivalent Course(s): NRSG 223CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Accreditation

Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA)

Additional Information

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