Canadian Nursing Review – Advanced

The Canadian Nursing Review for Internationally-Educated Nurses (IENs) – Advanced program was designed for those nurses who have a higher level of English competency and do not need language and medical terminology training.  IENs from countries where the basic nursing education followed an English curriculum would also be eligible for this program. 

If you are an IEN wanting to become a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada and you have a minimum IELTS 6.5 overall of equivalent, then the Canadian Nursing Review—Advanced is the right program for you.


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This ADVANCED program length is 12 months and is made up of 4 main components:

  1. Canadian Nursing Review (includes a 1-week clinical placement at a health care facility)
  2. Workplace Preparation & Nurse Licensing Exam Prep (NCLEX-RN or CPNRE)
  3. The Co-Op Education Work Experience
  4. Leadership in Nursing

The Canadian Nursing Review and Workplace/Licensing Exam Prep course teaches skill-development, critical-thinking training for nursing judgments, test question approach strategies, safe and effective workplace practice, and cultural awareness.  Students have the opportunity to develop their practical experience during on-site laboratory sessions and case-study simulations. As an introduction to a Canadian health care facility, students have an opportunity to help residents with ADLs (activities of daily living) during a 1-week clinical placement.

The Co-Op Work Experience is an essential component of the program.  Students have the opportunity to complete a co-op work experience at a Canadian hospital or health care facility.  Nursing procedures vary from country to country, so the work experience offers invaluable training in nursing in a North American health care environment.

Leadership in Nursing equips students with much needed entry-level leadership and management skills.  This final piece will allow you to explore the concept of leadership needed in nursing in Canada, and further the observations made during your co-op work experience.

Once completed, successful graduates of this program will be much more confident about working in the Canadian health care environment.

(*NCLEX-RN: National Council Licensure Examination, CPNRE: Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination.  As of January 2015, the CRNE was replaced by the Canadian NCLEX-RN exam)

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be registered as an RN in country of origin
  • Must have a minimum of 1125 hours of nursing experience within the last 4 years 
  • Minimum overall IELTS Academic 6.5 or equivalent
  • Pass the OMNI Comprehensive Nursing assessment
  • Pass an interview with an OMNI Advisor

*currently international student applicants must also have at least 2 years minimum work experience within the past 6 years. Experience must have been practiced as a licensed Nurse.

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

12 months full time


Please note that as of August 12, 2014, the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)  began providing a new streamlined assessment service for Internationally-Educated Nurses interested in applying for nurse registration in Canada. Applicants who had not already begun their application process directly with a provincial regulatory body before August 12, 2014, should now apply first through the NNAS.

After assessment by the NNAS, the provincial regulatory body may require further assessment or courses (in addition to the training by OMNI College), which may create delays in your process. All applicants to OMNI are interviewed by an OMNI Advisor, so we encourage all applicants to discuss their personal timing plan during their interview.

For more information, please visit their website at www.nnas.ca


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