Registered Nurse Licensure Program for Internationally Educated Nurses

RN Licensure Preparation Program has been approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of British Columbia. This 52 weeks certificate program is designed to upgrade foreign-trained nurses’ skills to meet Canadian standards in nursing. The program includes four-month co-op experience which students must take in order to graduate. This program will allow foreign trained nurses to apply for and take the Canadian RN Licensure exam and to achieve a passing grade.

The program provides a comprehensive overview of the role of the Registered Nurses in Canada and covers the following topics and concepts relevant for the preparation to the RN Licensure exam:

  • Canadian healthcare system
  • Nursing values and ethics
  • Health assessment and physical examination
  • Clients with special needs
  • Caring through the life span
  • Family and community care
  • Nursing informatics
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Acute and rehabilitation care
  • Mental health disorders

Building on the students’ previous educational experiences and integrating knowledge and skills from all prior learning environments the students will gain a clear understanding of the professional responsibilities and standards of nursing practices in Canada. The program will also provide students with strategies and tools vital to their success on the RN Licensure exam by reviewing frequently tested nursing content and exam-style questions while strengthening students’ critical thinking skills will be provided. CHCA will give students tools specifically geared to internationally educated nurses, focusing on review of practice tests with explanations.

At the end of the Program, students undergo six weeks of an intensive instructor supervised RN Licensure exam preparation & NCLEX-RN Exam Simulation (a “boot camp”). Here the students will get access to some samples of the CRNE exam (last six weeks). These will further strengthen students’ ability to achieve a passing grade on the NCLEX-RN Licensure exam and ultimately become licensed as a Registered Nurse in Canada. Four-month (17.2 weeks) of clinical placement/practicum will follow once all theory components have been completed successfully in the classroom.

The RN Licensure preparation program is designed to upgrade internationally educated nurses’ skills to meet Canadian standards in nursing. This program is a review of the knowledge and skills the internationally educated nurses acquire in their basic education and work place experience. This program will also prepare foreign trained nurses for NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN exam. The duration of this program is 11 months. The program includes a four-month co-op experience.


In order to write NCLEX-RN examination you need to have eligibility letter from one of the provinces in Canada. We strongly advise you that you apply for registration for internationally educated nurses for eligibility. You MUST satisfy the NNAS requirements and all the other requirements for the province you apply for registration.


Registration Fee:

  • $150 for domestic students
  • $200 for international students

Program Fee:

  • $13,000 for domestic students
  • $14,000 for international students

Textbooks: $1,650
Lab Fee: $550

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