Nursing for Reinstatement: Evidence of Safe Practice


This information is applicable to you if you are a non-practicing registered nurse (RN) or registered practical nurse (RPN) in Ontario who wishes to apply for reinstatement with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) but has no evidence of safe practice for at least three years.

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 during the day, on weekends, or during the evening and may be available through in-class, online, or 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 a non-practicing RN or RPN.
  • You must have a letter of direction from the CNO.
  • You must have a resumé/curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your previous nursing education and practice.

How to Apply

You must complete the Evidence of Safe Practice Education for Reinstatement PDF application form. Your completed application form and the required documents must be sent to Gayle Bradley at The required documents must be scanned copies and not photos.

You will receive an email response within 10 business days (excluding college closures) of the day we receive your application. If you receive a positive response, you will receive a formal letter of acceptance. 

Completion Details

Your letter of acceptance will include a George Brown College Academic Guide – developed specifically for you based on your CNO letter – 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. 

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 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: Reinstated status is awarded by the CNO. The information provided here does not represent the extent of the requirements for reinstated 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 reinstated 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.

Gayle Bradley, Co-ordinator (Post-RN and Academic Pathway)
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