Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses (BPIEN)

Bridging Program

Post-Graduate Certificate Credentials

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The Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses program will give Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) the opportunity to integrate their learning concepts and experiences into the Canadian healthcare environment, potentially leading to employment anywhere in Canada. 

 

This hands-on approach will review and equip students with current evidence-based nursing knowledge and clinical skills pertinent to the Canadian Healthcare context. Students will have access to clinical practice opportunities through a variety of co-op placements within healthcare and community sectors. This program will offer nursing exam preparation courses to IEN (internationally educated nurses)

 

School Health
Credits 30
Course Length Two Semesters (1 year)
Hours 20 hrs/week x 34 weeks
Credential Diploma
Delivery Options Blended
Instruction Options On-Site, Full-time
Offered Fall, Winter, and Spring
Practicum No
Tuition (See breakdown below)
Home Student CAD 15,000.00 / session

 

 *This program is not designated and ineligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit.

*This program is not approved, affiliated, or associated with CARNA, CLPNA, or NNAS.

*CIC encourages all IEN to complete the NNAS/CARNA/CLPNA application processes and follow the regulated recommendations by the federal and provincial regulatory bodies in Alberta, Canada for licensing, registration or practice as a registered nurse in Alberta.

Admission Requirements 
  • A Bachelor’s of Higher Degree in Nursing, or Diploma in Nursing and/or Midwifery.
  • Currently a Registered Nurse/ a Licensed Practical Nurse and in good standing in country of origin.
  • Have a minimum of 1,250 hours of nursing experience within the last 4 years prior to the application, or
  • Be a recent graduate.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject’s specific requirements.
  • Students from non-English speaking countries should provide, in addition to any combination of the above, proof of IELTS or equivalent (TOEFL, CELBAN). An overall band of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • Entrance Interview.

 

Admission Recommendations
  • National Nursing Assessment Services documentation and CLPNA/CARNA documentation would be an advantage.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR C.
  • Criminal Record Check.
  • Negative TB Skin Test or Chest X-Ray.
  • Mask Fit Testing and immunizations.

    Graduates of this program can pursue careers in health and community care sectors. You can enter the workforce with the aim of gaining continuing employment in the Canadian healthcare environment. You can be employed in many sectors in the healthcare system, including hospitals, clinics, primary care centers, public health centers, home care, assisted living, and/ or long-term care facilities.

     

    Title Credits
    Semester 1
    Introduction to Canadian Health Care and Nursing 3
    Professional Nursing Practice 3
    Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 3
    Nursing Care for clients with Health Alterations 1 3
    Communication skills in Nursing 3

     

    Title Credits
    Semester 2
    Nursing Care for clients with Health Alterations 2 3
    Professional communication in Nursing     3

    Nursing Registered Nursing Exam Preparation or Nursing Licenced Practical Nursing Exam Preparation

    3
    Practicum/ Clinical Experiences in Canadian content 3
    *Specific Study 3

    Note: *Student may choose any of the Electives

    2019-2020 SPRING SESSIONS, AND 2020-2021 FALL & WINTER SESSIONS

    **Please note: These pathways may vary based on individual circumstances and regulatory body requirements.

    OPTION 1: PATHWAYS TO BECOME A PRACTICAL NURSE

    Licensing pathway (recommended) Canadian Imperial College Bridging
    • Submit NNAS forms to regulatory body, school, and employer (recommended
    • Submit also your English test (CELBAN/IETLS) results to NNAS (recommended)

    ·  Introduction to Canadian Health Care and Nursing

    ·  Professional Nursing Practice

    ·  Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

    ·  Communication skills in Nursing

    ·  Nursing care for clients with health alterations 1

    Ensure all docs are send back to NNAS (recommended)

    CLPNA

    • Once NNAS report is available (or at the end of program), register with CLPNA
    • If advisory report deemed education and experience not comparable/ comparable
    • Recommendation will be made to either:
      • complete a LPN program
      • challenge the Practical Nurse exam
    • Professional Communication in Nursing
    • Nursing care for clients with various health alterations 2
    • Selected specific studies
    • CPNRE exam preparation course
    • Clinical/ practicum experiences in the Canadian context

     

    PRIOR CPNRE Exam

    • Complete additional courses recommended by CLPNA
    • Submit all required certifications
    • Apply to write the CPNRE exam
    • Candidate may or may NOT qualify for a graduate nurse license at this point (temporary practice permit)

     

    CPNRE Exam

    • Full license

    OPTION 2: PATHWAY TO BECOME AREGISTERED NURSE

    Licensing pathway (Voluntary, on case by case basis) Canadian Imperial College Bridging
    • Submit NNAS forms to regulatory body, school, and employer (recommended
    • Submit also your English test (CELBAN/IETLS) results to NNAS (recommended)

    ·  Introduction to Canadian Health Care and Nursing

    ·  Professional Nursing Practice

    ·  Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

    ·  Communication skills in Nursing

    ·  Nursing care for clients with health alterations 1

    Ensure all docs are send back to NNAS (recommended)

    CARNA

    • Once NNAS report is available, register with CARNA
    • If advisory report deemed education and experience not comparable/ comparable
    • Recommendation will be made to either:
      • Go back to RN school
      • Pursue ARNAP

    ·  Professional Communication in Nursing

    ·  Nursing care for clients with various health alterations 2

    ·  Selected specific studies

    • NCLEX exam preparation course
    • Clinical/ practicum experiences in the Canadian context

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    ARNAP: Alberta Registered Nurse Assessment Program

    • After ARNAP results, CARNA will recommend candidates to:
      • Complete additional courses if gaps identified in competences
      • Or, go back to RN program
    • Once educational requirements are met, CARNA will recommend candidates to:
      • Submit all required documentation
      • Apply to write the NCLEX Exam
    • Candidate may or may NOT qualify for a graduate nurse license at this point (temporary practice permit)
    NCLEX Exam
    • Full license

     

    Requirements for clinical placements:

    • Standard First Aid and CPR C
    • Criminal Record Check
    • Negative TB Skin Test or Chest X-Ray
    • Mask Fit Testing and immunizations as required by Co-Op Placement Site
    • Additional training as per site policies

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