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Practical Nursing - FTN (Foreign-Trained Nurse)

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Program Information

School:Algonquin College
Faculty:School of Health and Community Studies (Ottawa)
Field of Study:Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Description:The Practical Nursing - Foreign-Trained Nurse 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 in Ontario as a Practical Nurse.

This program is often of interest to the IEN who understands the long process for registration as a Registered Nurse and wants to start working in healthcare within a year or two of arriving to Canada. This program is also often of interest to those IENs whose College of Nurses letter states additional post-secondary education as a Registered Nurse is required.
URL:Practical Nursing - FTN (Foreign-Trained Nurse) at Algonquin College
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $4,929
International: $18,583

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Careers:Nurses Aides and Orderlies

Admission Requirements


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

    Please note that this is a two-semester (semester three and four) program. The IEN is given advanced standing for semesters one and two based on their nursing education in their country of origin. Documentation and experience for semesters one and two are assessed through a PLAR process. The student will in semester three, pay additional funds outside of their tuition for a PLA course (PLA 5500). To successfully achieve PLA 5500, the student will in their third semester take an in-class course, NSG 0097 A Portfolio Approach to Reflective Practice and Education Planning. Pass or Fail of this course will grant or not grant, successful PLAR of semesters one and two of this program.

    * 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.

    Modified on May 12, 2020

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