Practical Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally-Educated Nurses

Program Code: 9352

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Fast-track program

Program Length: 1 year/ 3 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8068

The Practical Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally-Educated Nurses program is designed as an academic pathway to transfer your skills and nursing knowledge to a Canadian setting.

The program will meet the needs of:

  • Internationally-educated nurses who are interested in working as registered practical nurses (RPNs) in Canada;
  • RPNs who hold a certificate and wish to upgrade to an Ontario college diploma;
  • RPNs who have been out of practice for ten years or less and need a refresher program.

The program’s curriculum is in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario’s Professional Standards and Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Practical Nurses. It will focus on assisting you to develop your knowledge and critical thinking, communication, teaching and learning, professionalism, advocacy, research and leadership, and ethical-decision making skills — and to apply these skills in acute healthcare settings.

Taking three semesters to complete, including 14 weeks of consolidation experience, the School of Community and Health Studies offering considers your needs so that you may continue with your studies towards a diploma while maintaining your part-time employment and/or personal commitments.

The diploma achieved from this Practical Nursing Bridging Program of Internationally-Educated Nurses program may enable you to continue your academic studies at the baccalaureate level.

RPNs with a diploma in practical nursing (with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no failures or repeated courses on their transcripts) may continue their studies at Centennial’s Bridging to University Nursing program and, upon completion of this program, can apply to Ryerson’s post-degree completion program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

This program is only offered on a full-time basis. If you are interested in taking it on a part-time basis, you will need to speak to the program supervisor.

Note: The Practical Nurse Diploma for IEN's at Centennial College is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

For further information regarding this CNO approvals process, please go to:

For more information or questions regarding the approval process, please contact Dr. Dianne McCauley, Chair of Nursing at

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Morningside Campus
IEPN-122 Pathophysiology/Pharmacotherapeutics 1 Morningside Campus
IEPN-123 Introduction to Nursing in Ontario Morningside Campus
IEPN-124 Theoretical Concepts in Nursing 1 Morningside Campus
IEPN-125 Nursing Practice in Ontario 1 Morningside Campus
IEPN-126 Health Assessment: A Holistic Approach Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
IEPN-222 Pathophysiology/Pharmacotherapeutics 2 Morningside Campus
IEPN-223 Issues, Trends and Leadership in Nursing Morningside Campus
IEPN-224 Theoretical Concepts in Nursing 2 Morningside Campus
IEPN-225 Nursing Practice in Ontario 2 Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
IEPN-250 Practical Nursing Pregraduate Clinical Applications Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • The Practical Nursing Bridging program for Internationally-Educated Nurses will be delivered at an accelerated pace that will get you into the field quicker.
  • You will have the opportunity to showcase your skills through a two-day-per-week practice course in the second semester, and a 14 week consolidation period in the third semester which will allow the application of theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction and guidance of faculty/staff nurses who have expertise in acute, chronic and long-term care.
  • The School of Community and Health Studies’ Practical Nursing graduates have achieved a high pass rate on the Canadian National Exam for Registered Practical Nurses for the past two years.

Career Outlook

  • Clinical Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Nursing Consultant
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Educator

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a post-secondary certificate in practical nursing
  • Current College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) certificate of registration.
  • International students are required to submit their letter from the CNO, stating the courses required to write the practical nurse registration exams.
  • Applicants must have practiced as a nurse, or completed their nursing education, within the last 10 years as indicated in the letter of direction from the CNO.

Additional Requirements

  • Interview with Program Coordinator required prior to submitting an application
  • Transcript and resumé review may be required
  • English assessment is mandatory and math skills assessment may be required

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.