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Discover Why Indian Nurses Prefer to Work in Canada

Success Story

Meet Wilma

Wilma had a dream to come to Canada for a very long time.  

She heard that Ron Burke, the Founder of OMNI College, would be visiting Kerala, India, to conduct an information session for nurses in India. Although she lived in a different city and could not attend in–person, she really wanted to meet with Ron and thus arranged a Skype meeting. 

Success Story

Meet Saleena

Saleena is a nurse from India who is now a Canadian Registered Nurse!  Saleena has already secured a full-time position in the province of New Brunswick.

In just 15 months she obtained her RN registration, secured a full-time job in Acute Care AND has been able to have her family join her in Canada.

Success Story

Meet Amandeep

After graduating in India in 2006, nursing was not regarded as a respected profession.  Amandeep wanted to have the opportunity to make a difference. 

She felt that she needed to get out of India as she didn’t feel that staying would ever give her that opportunity. Since Amandeep came to Canada, all of her dreams have come true.  She describes her journey as a “rebirth”.

Why Canada?

There are many reasons why people choose to relocate to another country. Most often, it’s to improve their lives and of their family. Canada has always been known for being one of the best countries to immigrate to, and has proven to be a place with a high standard of quality of life. Below are some of the biggest reasons why living in Canada is truly amazing.  

  • Amrita

    With the help of OMNI College, I got my LPN license, and have found a job in New Brunswick as an LPN. Now, I am also on my way to becoming an RN.

    Amrita | India
    Currently: Working as a LPN in New Brunswick
  • Anish

    OMNI is the better option for all internationally-educated nurses from all over the world. It’s the best place and the best college in Canada to pursue your nursing studies.

    Anish | India
    Currently: Saint Rose du Lac, MB, Canada. Now working as an RN.
  • Anupa

    OMNI is the best college which can understand the importance of CELBAN and help the students in the best possible way. I would not have done it without OMNI!

    Anupa | India
    Currently: Successfully achieved the required CELBAN scores. Now working as an RN in British Columbia.
  • Renju

    Best place for a Internationally Educated Nurses to pursue Nursing in Canada. Million thanks to OMNI College and staff for all the help and support…

    Renju | India
    Currently: Halifax, NS, Canada. Now working as an RN.
  • Subha

    I gained so much from OMNI, among them the most precious thing I got was I passed my RN exam. The exam was extremely tough, but with the training and practice I got from OMNI, made the exam a simple one.

    Subha | India
    Currently: Toronto, ON, Canada. Now working as an RN.

What are some of the benefits of becoming a nurse in Canada?

Beautiful place & adventure galore

Although Canada is known for its scenic beauty, photos do not do it justice. The country is massive, it’s the second largest country in the world, and with so many places to visit you’ll find yourself choosing between forests, lakes, mountains, and beaches.

Overall quality of life

Canada is well known for its quality of life but also for its value of relaxation and downtime. The convenience of living in a modern, stylish and clean city, while being able to enjoy the great outdoors so close to home is something treasured by Canadians. 

Family friendly, laid-back & polite people

Canada also has a reputation for being one of the friendliest countries in the world. Immigrants are welcomed and those who visit or stay, love the diverse culture and overall politeness of people. Canadians are laid-back and known to live an easy going lifestyle. Generally, people will speak to strangers with ease, which makes the transition for newcomers easier to fit in and feel welcomed. 


The country is made up of many different cultures, which makes Canada have a vibrant cultural mix of people. This diversity comes from centuries of immigration and is now a distinctive feature of Canadian society. The government values this diversity and tries to protect the cultural heritage of its citizens through the Canadian Multiculturalism Act. Where Canadians are encouraged to take pride in their language, religion, and heritage, and to keep their customs and traditions, as long as they do not break any Canadian laws. 

Universal healthcare & education

Canada offers free basic healthcare to all of its residents and citizens. It’s based on need rather than ability to pay, and it’s funded by Canadians through taxes. Although each province and territory has its health plan, in general you won’t have to pay for most health care services and any emergency medical services.

Low crime rate and violence

Although crime exists everywhere, Canada is considered one of the safest countries in the world. In general, the people in Canada are law abiding citizens. The benefits of living in Canada are great and can change your life completely. Numerous studies have continuously positioned Canada among the top countries to live in. This is mainly due to the universal health care system, low crime rates and overall quality of life. No matter where you decide to live in Canada, your quality and standard of living will be exceptional. 

A country you can be proud of

Known for being an open-minded society, Canada is widely known for welcoming people no matter their race, gender or culture. The freedom its citizens have to choose who to love, what to believe in, lifestyle decisions, entertainment choices and so much more – are just some of the reasons why Canada is unquestionably a great country. 

How do I become a nurse in Canada from India?

1. Have The Minimum Requirements For Enrollment Into OMNI College:
  • Be currently registered as an RN in good standing in your home country
  • Have a minimum of 1125 hours of RN work experience within the past 4 years, and 2 years of RN work experience within the past 6 years
  • Have achieved a minimum score of 6.0 overall on an IELTS Academic exam, or equivalent score on an English proficiency exam
2. Complete OMNI’s Admission Process:
  • Attend OMNI College’s Online Information Session
  • Submit OMNI College’s Enrolment Application Form & all required admission documents
  • Attend a one-on-one Admissions Appointment with an OMNI Advisor for final qualifying
  • Receive your conditional letter of Acceptance
  • Pay required tuition fees, text & materials fees including any other fees of requested services
  • Submit signed Student Contract
  • Receive your official letter of Acceptance
  • Apply for visa & study permit
3. Begin Your Canadian Nursing Review – 12 Month Program

3.1 Your student journey at OMNI College begins by completing the CELBAN Test Preparation course (4 weeks). CELBAN is one of the only English assessment tests accepted by the nursing regulatory bodies in Canada. By preparing at OMNI College, you will maximize your chances for success on the CELBAN test, bringing you closer to achieving your Canadian nursing license.

3.2 After CELBAN you will move on to your intensive Canadian Nursing Review (12 months, beginning with Nursing 1000/1001)

*If they have not already done so, students start their account application with the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). We have created the below step by step process as an example for Internationally-Educated Nurses, assuming they have selected British Columbia as their preferred province, and thus applied to the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).

  • Nursing 1000/1001 is a highly intensive training portion of your nursing program, consisting of daily classroom lectures and regular skills practice and lab work.
  • You will then complete a clinical experience at a local health care facility, where you will utilize your hands-on skills in a real life Canadian health care work environment.
  • Through the guidance of your instructors and advisors at OMNI, you would have timed your CELBAN test writing date to be around half way through your nursing program.
  • Once you receive notification of your successful CELBAN scores and after they have been received and confirmed by the NNAS, you will receive your NNAS Advisory Report.

*Congratulations, you have now finished your application with NNAS!

  • NNAS will then send your advisory report to the Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body you chose to register with (ie. BCCNP or other provincial body).
  • The nursing regulatory body will inform you whether there are any further documents required for your application.
  • If there are no further documents needed, they will allow you to proceed with the next step: scheduling your Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS). This assessment is made up of three components: a computer based assessment, a simulation lab assessment and an oral assessment.
  • Once you have an NCAS test date, you will undergo 6-weeks of intensive training at OMNI to prepare for this assessment.
  • After your preparation, you will be ready to complete the NCAS Assessment
  • You may only take the NCAS once.
  • Your NCAS results will highlight your strengths and any gaps, if you have any. Keep in mind, the regulatory bodies use these results, along with other information they have obtained from you, to help them make their registration decisions and determine if you are ready to work as a nurse in Canada.
  • If the Regulatory Body deems you have to complete certain requirements (such as further courses) please note, you will have to complete those requirements BEFORE you are eligible to move on to the next step: which is completing the NCLEX-RN exam.

*At this stage, you are almost there – keep going!

  • Your program continues with OMNI helping you to prepare for your NCLEX-RN exam
  • Take your NCLEX-RN exam
  • You can expect your results approximately 6 weeks after taking the exam. For those who do not pass the exam, they will receive a report that indicates how the candidate performed in each area. Candidates can use this as a guide to prepare them to retake the exam.
  • Once you pass your NCLEX-RN exam, it should not take more than a few days to get you RN license number!

OMNI FACT: Since January 2015 when the Canadian NCLEX-RN replaced the previous CRNE, OMNI has had 99% of its students pass their NCLEX-RN exam on their first attempt!

*Congratulations, you have achieved your license as a nurse in Canada!

  • As a licensed nurse, you are now eligible to complete the co-op portion of your program to gain that valuable Canadian work experience! You will work as a nurse for a 4 month period and solidify all the in-class training and skills learned throughout your program.
  • The final piece to your program at OMNI will be the Leadership in Nursing module. You will use the experience gained from your co-op and apply it towards completion of the Leadership course. Once submitted and you achieve a passing grade, you will then graduate from OMNI College!

DID YOU KNOW? By the time of your graduation, you will already be 1) a licensed nurse and you will have already gained 2) Canadian work experience. These 2 factors, combined with a job offer, will open doors to many immigration pathway options should you choose to remain in Canada after your studies.*

OMNI FACT: Since 1999, 90% of OMNI graduates have successfully immigrated as Permanent Residents in Canada.

*Disclaimer: Any immigration-related information presented is for general reference only, and should not be considered as advice. For up to date information, please consult with a regulated Canadian immigration consultant and visit

Ms. Dilsha Chakkiyodi

Hi, I’m Dilsha and I’m looking forward to receiving your application! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.