Canadian Nursing Review Program for Internationally-Educated Nurses (for international students)

If you are an internationally-educated nurse (IEN) wanting to become a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada, the Canadian Nursing Review Program can provide you with the skills required to meet Canadian standards and language in preparation of achieving your nursing license.

This Canadian Nursing Review Program was designed specifically for International Students who studied nursing in a language other than English.  

The full program length is 18 months and is made up of 6 main components:

  1. Medical Terminology & Communication
  2. English Test Preparation (CELBAN Test Preparation)
  3. Canadian Nursing Review (includes a clinical experience at a health care facility)
  4. Workplace Prep & Nurse Licensing Exam Prep (NCLEX-RN or CPNRE)
  5. The Co-Op Education Work Experience
  6. Leadership in Nursing

(*NCLEX-RN: National Council Licensure Examination, CPNRE: Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination)

1-2) Medical Terminology & Communication is designed for IENs who originally studied medical terminology in a language other than English, and who now need the English terminology in order to work in a Canadian health care setting.  It covers vocabulary, reading, writing, conversation and pronunciation, abbreviations and terminology used in nursing in North America.  An English Test Prep (CELBAN/IELTS) helps students maximize their English competency test score which is required for Nurse registration in Canada.   CELBAN and IELTS are currently two of the only English tests accepted by the Nursing regulatory body in British Columbia, Canada.

Note: students who have already achieved an English score level higher than IELTS Academic 6.5 or equivalent may qualify for the 12-month ADVANCED program

3-4) 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.

5) 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.

6) 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.

Admission 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 CELBAN score of 6, or IELTS Academic score 5.5**, or equivalent
  • 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.

** currently we are only accepting applicants with IELTS Academic 6.0 overall or equivalent.

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 18 months full time

To become a nurse in Canada, the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)  provides a streamlined assessment service for Internationally-Educated Nurses interested in applying for nurse registration in Canada. All applicants who had not already begun their application process directly with a provincial regulatory body before August 12, 2014, must apply first through the NNAS.  OMNI College will help advise you in your application process.  

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

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