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Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) (Fast-Track)

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Program Details

  • Program Code:9352
  • Ministry Name:Practical Nursing
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Fast-track program
  • Program Length:1 year/ 3 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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

The Practical Nursing for Internationally-Educated Nurses courses in this college diploma program will meet the needs of:

  • Internationally-educated nurses 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 10 years or less and need a refresher program.

The offering's curriculum is in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario's Professional Standards and National Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Registered Practical Nurses. It will focus on assisting you in developing your knowledge and critical thinking, communication, teaching and learning, professionalism, advocacy, research, and leadership and ethical-decision making skills — and applying these skills in health care settings.

Taking three consecutive semesters to complete, including 14 weeks of consolidation experience, the School of Community and Health Studies program will consider your needs so that you may complete your diploma studies within one year.

The diploma resulting from this Practical Nursing for Internationally-Educated Nurses program may enable you to continue your academic studies at the baccalaureate level. For example, 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 University's post-degree completion program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Practical Nursing for Internationally-Educated Nurses is only offered on a full-time basis. Those interested in taking it on part time will need to speak to the program coordinator.


  • The Practical Nurse diploma for IENs at Centennial College is currently approved, Category 2 by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as RPNs in Ontario. For further information regarding this CNO approval process, please visit
  • For more information or questions, please contact Natashia Deer, Chair of Nursing Programs at


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

  • The Practical Nursing for Internationally-Educated Nurses program will be delivered at an accelerated pace that gets you into the field quicker.
  • In addition to the fourth-semester consolidation period, in Semester 3 you'll have the opportunity to showcase your skills through a one- or two-day-per-week or one day (12-hour) practice course, allowing for 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.
  • Interprofessional education and interprofessional collaboration will be among the key themes embedded in the program.
  • The School of Community and Health Studies' Practical Nursing for Internationally-Educated nurse graduates have achieved a high pass rate on the Canadian National Exam for Registered Practical Nurses for the past two years.

Career Outlook

  • Nursing consultant
  • Clinical nurse
  • Private duty nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Intensive care nurse
  • Nurse researcher
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Educator

Education Pathways

Successful Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses program graduates have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level.

Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program. Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution


Ryerson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Post Diploma

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a post-secondary certificate in practical nursing
  • Students who do not have CNO assessment letter or letter of direction will require a course-by-course assessment report from one of the following:
    1. World Education Services
    2. International Credential Assessment Service

Centennial College English Skills Assessment (must achieve a minimum score of COMM160 with a minimum listening score of 90)

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency
  • Canadian Certificate Prepared RPNs: Current College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) certificate of registration
  • Internationally educated nurses are required to submit their letter from the CNO stating the courses/program required to write the practical nurse registration exam
  • 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
  • Interview with program coordinator required prior to submitting an application
  • Transcript and resumé review may be requested

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

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

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on three semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (3 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $3,285.00 $1,185.24 $4,470.24
International $15,385.50 $1,694.24 $17,079.74

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