Algonquin College

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Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses

Algonquin College

Faculty:School of Health & Community Studies
Field of Study:Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:Nurses Aides and Orderlies


Bring your nursing skills and patient care expertise to Ontario.

The Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses, Ontario College Diploma program is for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) who have graduated from a nursing program outside of Canada and wish to become Registered Practical Nurses in Ontario. This program is also for Practical Nurses from Ontario or other Canadian jurisdictions who have a letter from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and must complete specific theory and clinical hours to acquire registration in Ontario.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants are required to have:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
    • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
    • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
    • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.
    Application Notes : International applicants must submit proof of either: (IELTS / TOEFL / CELBAN). IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR, TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22; OR, CELBAN- Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses, with a minimum of Speaking: CLB 8, Listening: CLB 10, Reading: CLB 8 and Writing: CLB 7.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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