Nursing for IEN: Academic Pathway Options


This information is applicable to you if you are an internationally educated nurse (IEN) not registered to practice in Ontario.

IENs may require competency gap nursing education and/or evidence of safe nursing practice to be eligible to be registered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

  • If you are an IEN seeking to become registered in the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) class or Registered Nurse (RN) class, Continuing Education at George Brown College can help you meet safe practice, language fluency, and education/competency gap requirements.
  • This pathway gives an IEN with RN competency gaps the opportunity to become registered as an RN general class but with no BScN credential. If you want to pursue the BScN credential, you must complete our full (17- to 18-course) Academic Pathway for IEN Graduate program and then you can apply to a post-RN degree program. (Acceptance criteria to university is determined by the university.) For more information about how to determine if you are eligible for the Academic Pathway, read Completion Details.

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


Nursing at George Brown College emphasizes holistic care, cultural diversity/sensitivity, critical thinking, and reflective practice. Courses take a patient-focused, family-centred, and interprofessional approach and are offered in a flexible format: they may be offered on weekends, during the evening and may be available through in-class, online, or blended and hybrid deliveries. Current research, adult learning principles, social justice, best practices, and lived experience provide the foundation for learning. For more information about nursing in Ontario, visit the CNO's Become a Nurse web page.

Intake Date(s)

All letters of acceptance indicate the first term in which courses can be taken. (Most courses are offered every term.)

Admission Requirement(s)

You must secure formal admission (see How To Apply) before you can register for courses. Admission will only be considered if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be an IEN.
  • You must have a letter of assessment or letter of direction from the CNO.
  • You must have a resumé/curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your previous nursing education and practice.
  • You must be eligible to study in Canada and be able to present proof of that eligibility (a copy of your landed immigrant/permanent resident/protected person status or a valid Canadian study permit).

How to Apply

You must complete the Nursing for IENs Application Form. The required documents must be scanned copies and not photos.

Unregistered IENs with competency gaps may qualify for free tuition for the NTI hybrid courses. Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the criteria for free tuition. (The Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program is still available for those who do not meet the free tuition criteria. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for details.)

You will receive an email response to your application within 10 business days (excluding college closures). The email will contain important information regarding your program and your next steps. If you qualify for free tuition, you will also be notified in your letter of acceptance. For more information, read Completion Details.

Completion Details

Your letter of acceptance will include a personal academic guide – developed specifically for you based on your CNO letter(s) – that contains the list of courses you will be required to complete. (The timeline for completing your courses is individualized based on your specific needs and is between you and the CNO.)  Completion order is only limited by course prerequisites. Use the course links below to register for the courses listed on your academic guide.  If you are an approved fee waiver applicant, follow the instructions in your acceptance letter.

Your academic guide will also indicate what credentials you can request to receive (using the department contact information on this web page) once you have completed all the courses you are required to complete.

Certificate Stream

Courses (Links for registration as per academic guide)

Each of these meets the Emergency Management requirement (choose one):

Clinical Placements (Links for registration as per academic guide)

Additional Information

Disclaimer: George Brown College reserves the right to add or delete programs and/or courses and to change campus locations and/or clinical placement sites depending on enrollment numbers and/or the availability of sites. Clinical placement site assignment is entirely within the discretion of the college and is based on availability. George Brown College also reserves the right to alter program requirements due to legislative changes and/or changes in the requirements of clinical placement providers or the CNO.

Disclaimer: Registered status is awarded by the CNO. The information provided here does not represent the extent of the requirements for registered status. The requirements are set by the CNO, not George Brown College, so you must follow the process listed on the CNO's website and meet the requirements applicable to you to achieve registered status. The CNO's policies are subject to change without notice, and George Brown College is not responsible for any information errors or inaccuracies that result from a change in the CNO's policy.

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