FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the pass rate for NCLEX with OMNI College?

OMNI College has had wonderful success with the NCLEX. We’ve seen a 100% pass rate so far for all OMNI College students who have written the Canadian NCLEX-RN.

Where is OMNI College located?

Our College is located in the city of Richmond, a bustling suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and has been rated as one of the world’s best cities to live in year after year. Our College is conveniently located just 5 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, and walking distance to the Canada Line Skytrain station, bus stops, the Olympic Oval, major shopping areas, dining and recreation.

Do you have any online or part-time programs?

The programs offered at OMNI College are currently not available online. The final module of the Canadian Nursing Review program for international students (Leadership in Nursing: Nursing 1004), is offered through distance learning where students are not required to be onsite.

The CELBAN Test Preparation course may be available part-time, depending on demand. You may also qualify for a shortened course length if your English levels are higher than the admissions requirements. If you are interested in an evening or weekend course, or believe you may be eligible for a shortened course length, please contact us at info@omnicollege.com.

How much is the tuition fee?

Your tuition fee will depend on which program you qualify for. We invite you to “Join an Online Information Session” by clicking on the button on our website to determine which program you may be eligible for. Please also feel free to download our catalogue, which includes all our program details, start dates, tuition fees, program requirements, and more.

How is the nursing job market in Canada?

Since the College was founded in 1999, 95% of our students who have written a Canadian nurse licensing exam have successfully passed, and 94% of our graduates have secured employment within 1 month of graduation. Furthermore, the majority of these students gained employment even prior to graduation.

That said, competition can be tough in the major Canadian cities like Vancouver and Toronto. Students who are flexible and willing to work outside major cities or in more rural areas greatly improve their chances of securing employment quickly. OMNI graduates are now working all across Canada, including in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Which IELTS do I need to write for admission to OMNI?

We accept IELTS Academic, CELBAN, or equivalent [i].

Other English proficiency tests that may be considered ‘equivalent’ are TOEFL, MELAB, OMNI’s English Proficiency Test (must be completed onsite at OMNI College) and others. Please consult with your OMNI Advisor if you have taken a different English proficiency test that you would like the College to consider for your application.

Kindly note that OMNI College does not accept IELTS General scores.

[i] Please note: The admission requirements state the minimum requirements. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not automatically granted admission. Depending on the interview results, further assessment may be required.

I have an IELTS Academic score, but it’s more than 2 years old. Can I use it for my application to OMNI?

Yes. If your IELTS Academic score meets our minimum English requirements for the program you are applying to, you may use it for your application to OMNI College [i].

[i] Please note: The admission requirements state the minimum requirements. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not automatically granted admission. Depending on the interview results, further assessment may be required.

Do you accept other English proficiency tests?

Yes. Other English proficiency tests that may be considered ‘equivalent’ to CELBAN and IELTS Academic are TOEFL, MELAB, OMNI’s English Proficiency Test (must be completed onsite at OMNI College) and others. Please consult with your OMNI Advisor if you have taken a different English proficiency tests that you would like the College to consider for your application [i].

Kindly note that OMNI College does not accept IELTS General scores.

[i] Please note: The admission requirements state the minimum requirements. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not automatically granted admission. Depending on the interview results, further assessment may be required.

Would you consider Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) scores for application into your college?

Yes. CLB scores may be considered as an ‘equivalent’ English proficiency score for admission to OMNI College. However, depending on the score and how long ago the test was taken, applicants may be asked to undergo further testing or assessment through a phone interview or an actual test. Your success is our priority, so it is important that all applicants granted admission to our College are accepted with the appropriate level of skills and language [i].

[i] Please note: The admission requirements state the minimum requirements. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not automatically granted admission. Depending on the interview results, further assessment may be required.

I already passed my NCLEX outside of Canada. Do I need to write it again?

The NCLEX-RN replaced the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) in January 2015. If you have already passed your NCLEX from the USA, please consult directly with your OMNI Advisor.

Are your programs for LPN or RN registration?

Although test preparation is included in OMNI’s Canadian Nursing Review programs, our programs are not just about propping you up to pass the licensing exam. Our programs are designed to prepare students to be successful in the workplace as Nurses in Canada. Students who wish to pursue their RN license can opt for the NCLEX-RN test prep course when they reach that portion of their program, or they can choose the CPNRE preparation for LPN/RPN registration. It is the students’ choice which designation they want to pursue. Our Advisors and instructors are also available to guide you throughout your studies based on your work experience and performance in your program.

All students, however, enrolling in our Canadian Nursing Review programs must already be registered as an RN (not LPN/RPN) from their country of origin.

Are there any student loans available and if so how do I qualify?

For residents of Canada: OMNI College is designated by StudentAidBC, which means that financial assistance may be available to eligible students. Please visit their website at www.studentaidbc.ca for more details.

Can I bring my spouse/partner/children with me to Canada?

Many of our students have been able to bring their families. We recommend you consult with a licensed immigration consultant.

What happens after I finish everything?

Upon graduation, many of our graduates decide to either continue working as a nurse in Canada, travel to other countries as international nurses, or return home (in the case of international students). Since the College was founded in 1999, the majority of OMNI’s graduates, including international students, have opted to stay and settle in Canada.

Will I get a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) upon graduation?

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) is a national program administered by CIC that allows eligible international students to gain work experience in Canada following graduation. The national PGWPP is currently limited to international students graduating from programs of eight months or longer at public post-secondary institutions or from degree-level programs at private post-secondary institutions. *source: report entitled Post Graduation Work Permit Pilot Review BC at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/audit/bc-post-grad-2013.asp#sec6-0

OMNI College was selected to be part of a 2-year pilot project from January 2011 to January 2013 which extended the national PGWPP to certain private post-secondary institutions like OMNI, and whereby graduates were eligible for a PGWP. That pilot has ended. However, the results of the pilot were very positive as detailed in the report above released by CIC. To date, there has been no further news or confirmation on whether or not the national PGWP will again be extended to include private post-secondary institutions in the future.

However, if immigration to Canada is your goal, is it important to note that the majority of OMNI’s international students and graduates who choose to stay in Canada do end up successfully settling here permanently through other residency applications with Citizenship & Immigration Canada.

How long will my student permit be granted for?

Generally speaking, student permits are usually granted for the same duration as the length of the program they are enrolled in.

Can I work while I study at OMNI College?

Yes. OMNI College is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) under the International Student Program (ISP) approved by the Government of Canada. International students enrolled in our Canadian Nursing Review programs are eligible to work part-time up to 20 hours per week during studies, and up to 40 hours per week during academic breaks, without a work permit.

Please make sure to include our DLI number on your student visa application.

OMNI’s DLI # is O19347439002

For more detailed information regarding the International Student Program, please visit Citizenship & Immigration Canada’s website at www.cic.gc.ca.

When and how long will it take to process my study permit?

Once you have received your formal Letter of Acceptance from the College you may apply for your study permit. Processing times vary widely from country to country. We recommend you apply to the College at least 4 months prior to your desired start date so that you have enough time for study permit processing. Please visit the Government of Canada’s web page for processing times for study permit applications submitted to visa offices outside Canada. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/temp/students.asp

What will happen if my visa gets rejected?

Thus far, students applying to OMNI College have generally experienced a very high approval rate for visas. However, if your visa is rejected, we encourage all applicants to refer to the Refusal Letter to determine the reasons for the rejection, and then to try and resubmit. Sometimes, students applying to OMNI College have successfully received their visa approval after their second or third resubmission.

Will I get a refund if my VISA is rejected?

Yes. If your visa is rejected and you decide not to pursue a resubmission, you will receive a refund of your tuition and fees. The amount refunded is determined based on the Tuition Refund Policy, please click here.

If you resubmit a second time, and your visa is rejected by Immigration Canada again, you can provide OMNI College with a copy of the refusal letters for each occurence and you will be eligble for a full tuition refund.

Can I use my visitor’s visa to study at OMNI College?

If you plan to study in a program for more than 6 months, you need a study permit; but if you plan to study in a short-term program of 6 months or less, you do not need a study permit. That being said, it is possible for you to apply for enrolment into one or even two of OMNI College’s short programs, such as the CELBAN™ Test Preparation (4 weeks), IELTS Test Preparation (8 weeks) and/or Medical Terminology and Communication (18 weeks), all while holding a visitor’s visa.

Please note it is a good idea to apply for a study permit if you think you might want to study in another OMNI program after you complete your short term program.

International students who wish to enrol in a program longer than six months require study permnits from the Canadian government under the International Student Program. For more information on study permits, go to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study.asp

Note: Only Designated Institutions that also hold EQA designation may enrol international students on study permits. OMNI College is a Designated Institution that also holds EQA designation. Our Designated Learning Institution # is O19347439002

Can you process my study permit application for me?

We can provide guidance to help get you started with your application for a study permit. We also have a licensed Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) on staff should you wish to have your study permit or any other immigration-related matters processed on your behalf (fees apply). Please speak with your OMNI Advisor for more details.