School of Distance Education

Academic Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Graduate Certificate

Our Academic Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Graduate Certificate is designed to enable IEN wanting to practice as registered nurses (RN) in Ontario to meet the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) requirements for safe practice, language fluency and competency gaps. It will also enable IEN wanting to practice as registered practical nurses (RPN) in Ontario to meet the CNO requirements for safe practice, language fluency, and education and competency gaps. For important information on becoming a nurse in Ontario, visit the Become a Nurse web page on the CNO website.

NOTE(S)

George Brown College reserves the right to alter certificate program requirements due to legislative changes and/or changes in the requirements of clinical placement providers or the CNO. Successful applicants to this certificate may be eligible for available bursaries; for details, contact the Nursing department (contact details can be found under Have Questions below).

INTAKE(S)

September, January and May

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT(S)

You must secure formal admission (see Application Process below) 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).

APPLICATION PROCESS

You must complete the Academic Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Graduate Certificate PDF application form. Your completed application form and required documents must be sent to the Continuing Education Nursing department. You will receive an email confirming your acceptance within 10 business days of our receipt of your submission.

Completion Details

Your letter of acceptance will include a personal academic plan that has been developed for you (which will contain the list of courses you will be required to complete). The timeline for completing your courses is individualized based on your specific needs. You must complete our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course during your first semester of study. (You can take these two courses at the same time that you are taking other courses in the certificate.) The order in which you complete the remaining course requirements is only restricted by course prerequisites. 

Courses

Our Nursing in Ontario course is an introduction to the current legislative and professional nursing frameworks in Ontario. Address the issues of nursing education, nursing processes, nursing theories, multidisciplinary health care systems, legislation, professionalism and the role of the professional organization.

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must complete this course during your first semester of study in the Academic Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Graduate Certificate program.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Scholarly Writing in Nursing course focuses on the skills and strategies necessary for articulating concepts and ideas in a logical and scholarly manner, for analyzing research literature and for applying American Psychological Association (APA) format and style rules for citing and quoting materials. Develop the information literacy skills you need to locate, analyze and apply information using a variety of library techniques and resources. Scholarly Writing in Nursing emphasizes critical reading, critical thinking, academic research, argumentation and writing style as well as the stages of the writing process. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must complete this course during your first semester of study in the Academic Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Graduate Certificate .

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Emergency Management - Concepts and Principles course introduces emergency management as an integrated system. Review the history, evolution and significance of emergency management in a new world reality. Examine how community resources and capabilities at all levels can be networked in the management of local, national and international emergencies.

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

If you are taking this course as part of the Academic Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Graduate Certificate, you must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 6661
cdempsey@georgebrown.ca

Our Care of the Frail and Complex Older Adult course provides you with the opportunity to acquire advanced care skills and knowledge. Using a holistic, culturally sensitive approach, this nursing course teaches you about pain management, patient safety, wound and skin care, dementia theories, delirium, depression, cognitive abilities and communication. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Community and Mental Health Nursing course examines the theoretical concepts, legal and ethical issues and variety of roles for nurses and health care professionals in the community and mental health field. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirementsfor online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

formerly Management of the Acutely and Chronically Ill
Our Complex Care to Beyond BCLS course helps you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to deliver comprehensive, holistic care to persons living with acute and chronic illness. Study critical thinking, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and associated health issues using a systems-based approach. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Family-centred Care through the Lifespan course provides you with an introduction to the theories, conceptual models and frameworks of family nursing. Learn about the unique socio-cultural influences associated with the transitional life stages of health and illness that affect the family unit. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirementsfor online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Health Assessment course helps you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to conduct a comprehensive holistic health assessment. Explore how family dynamics, culture and religious beliefs are integral to the assessment of an individual's health. Learn the basic techniques and skills for completing assessments analytically. Consider inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Introduction to Electronic Documentation and Nursing Informatics course helps you acquire the documentation and informatics knowledge and skills you need for the health care environment. Explore the value and impact of health care informatics on documentation, evidence-based practice and education. Focus on the use of information systems and technology to manage and document health care information.

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872

Our Introduction to Interprofessional Education and Care course explores interprofessional collaborative education and practice. Examine the role of the nurse in relation to that of other health care professionals (strengths and limitations), and consider the unique contributions made by other health care professionals to patient- and family-centred care. This nursing course pays special attention to the values, ethics, communication, collaboration and conflict that exist within the interprofessional team when providing care and focuses on immersing you in collaborative learning. 

NOTE(S)

This course is a self-directed online (distance education) course. Please ensure you are familiar with the technology requirements specific to this course.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must have completed our NURS 1062 Leadership and Advanced Communication course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Introduction to Nursing Theory course looks at how nursing theories relate to nursing practice and how they are applied. Learn about the history and development of nursing as a science, the characteristics of theories, conceptual models and frameworks, patterns of knowing and selected nursing theories developed by Watson, Leininger and Benner. Consider phenomenological influences on theory development and their connection to patient-focused care. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Leadership and Advanced Communication course emphasizes transformational leadership, communication skills and the role of the nurse on a multidisciplinary team. Study the theoretical nature and interactive processes of leadership, leadership development and ethical responsibility. Examine the benefits and challenges of technology and nursing informatics in support of quality health care. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Nursing Ethics course focuses on developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills you need to manage ethical challenges and enhance your nursing practice. Explore personal and professional values and commitments through the use of critical reflection and critical thinking. Investigate social, cultural and legal influences on ethical principles and practices, and analyze ethical dilemmas. Learn to provide and promote ethical care by applying professional practice standards and frameworks for ethical decision making. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice course provides an overview of qualitative and quantitative research concepts, processes and designs, ethical issues, literature searches and reviews, data collection, analysis, critical appraisal and use of nursing research. This nursing course focuses on the research process and the role of research in evidence-based practice. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Pathophysiology for Nurses (Bridge) course prepares RPN bridging students to integrate and apply pathophysiological concepts in clinical practice. Explore the basic biochemistry of nutrition (including energy requirements, vitamins, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and water) to provide the knowledge that supports and facilitates the study of nutrition related to pathologies. Study the relevant health problems affecting clients with complex illnesses, the distribution of health states, risk factors, etiology, pathophysiology and interprofessional interventions relating to complex illnesses. Expand your critical and analytical thinking by engaging in reflective practice, and learn to appreciate the scope of practice. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be taking or must have completed our NURS 1061 Nursing in Ontario course and our NURS 1114 Scholarly Writing in Nursing course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Our Pharmacology and Theory Related to Administration of Medications course is an introduction to basic pharmacology and medication administration standards. Learn about drug calculations, classifications, uses, actions and effects as well as safe handling, documentation and drug administration legislation. 

NOTE(S)

This is an online course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must be a registered nurse (RN or RPN).

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2073
jjack@georgebrown.ca

This clinical experience is an opportunity to apply concepts, theory and skills to practice. Our Clinical Practice course focuses on reflective practice and self-reflection, journaling and concept mapping while advancing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

NOTE(S)

You will be required to do independent study and self-directed community activities.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must have completed the prerequisite courses listed in your personal academic plan for your program and your clinical pre-placement health form, including a police record check, CPR for health care providers and mask fit testing. If you are an internationally educated nurse, you must submit to the department co-ordinator prior to your first session an IELTS Academic Training test result of 6.0 or CELBAN test result of 6 or a document confirming that you have met the CNO language proficiency requirement.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca

Consolidate your understanding of nursing and health science theories, concepts and principles, and learn to apply them to practice in an integrated way. With our Clinical Practice Consolidation course, focus on critical thinking, reflective practice, the application of research findings and ways to increase your independence within practice settings.

NOTE(S)

This course is intended to meet specific College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) requirements.

PREREQUISITE(S)

You must have completed the prerequisite courses listed in your personal academic plan for your program and your clinical pre-placement health form, including a police vulnerable-sector record check, CPR for health care providers and mask fit testing.

CONTACT INFORMATION

416-415-5000, ext. 2872
gbradley@georgebrown.ca