Canadian Nursing Review Program for IENs (for Residents of Canada)

In order to become a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Canada, nurses are required to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) or the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE). These licensing exams measure the competencies required of entry-level nurses for safe and effective practice.

OMNI College’s Canadian Nursing Review Program is designed specifically for residents of Canada to pass the exam and obtain their nurse certification as either an RN or an LPN.

Success on the licensing exams require more than just reviewing content tested on the exam. It also entails knowing how to effectively make nursing judgments. Our program not only helps students develop critical thinking skills, it also includes workshops that teach strategies for approaching test questions as well as a review of common medical/nursing practices and terminology used in North America.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in an instructor-led clinical placement experience at a local health care facility.  This provides students a unique opportunity to experience a real Canadian health care environment.

Who the Program is for

The Canadian Nursing Review Program was designed for nurse graduates living in Canada who are planning to write the NCLEX-RN or CPNRE. Or, you may have already written the exam but have not been successful. Following the completion of this program, you will be more prepared to take the licensing exam and gain your certification*.

What you can expect to achieve

  • A passing grade on the NCLEX-RN** or CPNRE
  • Greater knowledge, skills and confidence
  • Gainful employment as an RN or LPN
  • Improved quality of life

Our Instructors

Our instructors bring a wealth of education and experience into the classroom. They themselves are Canadian Registered Nurses with a combined total of over 125 years of experience working in hospitals and care facilities in Canada. Our instructional staff and supervisors are regarded as the most valuable assets to the College as they are ultimately responsible for the quality of education of our students, leading them to practice safe and job-ready skills for the workplace. OMNI’s instructors have consistently gained the respect and admiration of both the students as well as fellow staff members.


“During the class, I was so impressed with the Instructor. It was not only her RN experience and knowledge that impressed me, but also her teaching philosophy and methodology. It was the way in which she taught the class that would help the students learn best…I am now working as an RN in Vancouver.” – Hong Ma, RN, originally from China


Program Outline

The Canadian Nursing Review Program covers topics such as:

  • Nursing in Canada
  • Major concepts in nursing
  • Homeostasis challenges
  • Medical/Surgical health challenges
  • Mental health
  • Obstetrics/Pediatrics
  • Community/Gerontology
  • Professional Practice

Students enrolled in this program are also given the opportunity to practice their nursing clinical skills and techniques during the Nursing Practice Skills Laboratory (Nursing 1001), as well as during a 1-week clinical placement experience at a Canadian care facility. The clinical placement provides students with an introduction to Canadian health care facility, and gives them the opportunity to help residents with ADLs (activities of daily living).  These hands-on practical experiences will help strengthen their knowledge learned in class, boost their confidence and give them the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce.

Admission Requirements

In order to enroll in OMNI’s Canadian Nursing Review Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be currently registered as an RN in good standing in your country of origin
  • Have a minimum of 1125 hours of nursing experience or graduated from a basic nursing education program within the last 4 years
  • Minimum overall IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • Pass an assessment test
  • Pass an interview with the OMNI Advisor

Following the start of their program, and prior to the clinical experience component of their program, students must also provide a clear criminal background check, current CPR certification, and evidence of up-to-date immunizations as required by clinical sites.

Program Length

6.75 months full time***

Please contact the College for tuition rates for this program: Canadian Nursing Review for Residents of Canada.

Students for this program may be eligible for financial assistance through StudentAid BC.  Read more about financing options here.

Register today!

*Note: successful completion of this program does not guarantee a passing grade on the licensing exam. **Note: as of January 2015, the CRNE (Canadian Registered Nurse Examination) was replaced by the Canadian NCLEX-RN exam. ***depending on which provincial nursing regulatory body the student is interested in, there is an additional optional 6 weeks of Workplace Preparation and/or NCLEX Test Preparation available.  This may or may not extend your length of program.  Please discuss this with your OMNI advisor.