Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing

This program provides training for internationally educated nurses to adapt to Canadian best practices in nursing. This program prepares internationally trained nurses for roles within the Canadian health care system. Students will develop critical thinking skills used in nursing and will develop cultural awareness and administration skills that are an important part of nursing in Canada.

During the program, students will work on test-taking strategies and nursing topics that are essential in preparation for the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS), which is a pre-requisite to writing the NCLEX RN (Canadian National Nursing Exam).

NCAS provides a three-part competency assessment for internationally-educated health practitioners (IEPs) — including health care aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and psychiatric nurses — who hope to practice in British Columbia.

In order to work as an RN in Canada, Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) must complete a 4-stage application process. Please see the “additional info tab” for more information.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the purpose of the Standards of Nursing Practice in BC and the CAN Code of Ethics and their application in various nursing roles and practice settings; therefore, maintain competencies of professional practice
  • Understand Ethical Practice with competence in professional judgment and practice decisions guided by the codes of ethics for registered nurses. Uses critical inquiry in the decision-making process and maintains therapeutic, caring and culturally safe relationships with clients and the health care team
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Client-focused Provision of Service to clients across the lifespan
  • Use the specialized body of knowledge in the following focused areas of nursing care: Physical Examination, Women’s Health & Childbearing, Children’s health Problems to Psychiatric and Mental Health Counselling, General and Perioperative Nursing Care., Care of the elderly and vulnerable population
  • Competent application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of the NCAS, as well as to create and maintain therapeutic, caring and culturally safe relationships with clients and the health care team in the future
  • Understand the different Scope of Practice, Standards of Practice and Practice Standards for RN, RPN, LPN and HCA in Canada
  • Understand the different roles in delivering safe and competent care as HCA, LPN, RN and LPN

Certificate Program

Total Program Hours:
1440 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
45 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Health Care Assistant
LPN (if pass licensing exam)
RN (if pass licensing exam)
4-Stage Application Process:

In order to work as an RN in Canada, Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) must complete a 4-stage application process:

Stage 1: Apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS Website: http://www.nnas.ca). This application is required for verification of credentials and initial assessment of qualifications. The outcome of this assessment will determine if further training is required including recommendation to take an English fluency test.

Stage 2: After receiving the report from NNAS, students may apply to the College of Nurses in Canada of their choice such as CRNBC (British Columbia), CARNA (Alberta), SRNA (Saskatchewan), CRNM (Manitoba), CRNO (Ontario), and etc. The licensing body will review the NNAS report submitted and will confirm eligibility to write an exam or if further training is required. English proficiency test is a requirement either IELTS, CELBAN or equivalent.

Stage 3: Complete NCAS (Nursing Community Assessment Service) to determine if IEPs are ready to meet entry to practice competencies safely, ethically and competently in Canada. This is made up of 3 assessments: Computer-based assessment, simulation lab assessment, and oral assessment. These three are necessary in order to complete the assessment process.

Stage 4: Assessed registration requirements (supplementary education and NCLEX-RN): IEN’s will receive an assessment letter outlining registration requirements which will be related to required coursework that must be completed and successful completion of NCLEX. For more information on the registration requirements and application process visit the different Canadian nursing licensing body websites at www.crnbc.ca.

Graduates of the Sprott Shaw College Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration & Practice Program are prepared to demonstrate the following entry-level competencies:

  • Understands the purpose of the Standards of Nursing Practice in BC, and the CAN Code of Ethics and their application in various nursing roles and practice settings; therefore, maintain competencies of professional practice
  • Demonstrates an understanding of Client-focused Provision of Service to clients across the lifespan. Using the specialized body of knowledge in the following focused areas of nursing care: Physical Examination, Women’s Health & Childbearing, Children’s health Problems to Psychiatric and Mental Health Counselling, General and Perioperative Nursing Care
  • Competent application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of the NCAS, as well as to create and maintain therapeutic, caring and culturally safe relationships with clients and the health care team in the future.
Admission Requirements:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Nursing.
  • Must be currently registered as an RN in country of origin and in all countries worked as an RN.
  • Minimum of one year of nursing experience within the last 5 years.
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no score lower than 5.5, or iBT TOEFL 80; or Equivalent Standardized External Assessment.
  • Note: Students entering with a Diploma in Nursing may not be eligible to write the RN exam but may be eligible to write the LPN (CPNRE) exam. This determination is made by the Nursing Regulatory body for both RN and LPN in Canada and is not part of Sprott Shaw College’s application process.
Co-op and Practicum Requirements:
  •  Obtain a satisfactory certificate of health from a physician with a Physician’s Waiver
  • Submit a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General Schedule B)
  • Provide evidence of clear TB testing prior to acceptance
  • Note: the above three requirements must be done no more than three months before the start of the program
  • Provide evidence of up-to-date Immunizations (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Chicken Pox, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Influenza and others as required by clinical sites)
  • Successful completion of all theory courses
  • Maintain Sprott Shaw College’s attendance requirements
  • FoodSafe Level 1 (or a course deemed equivalent)
  • First Aid
  • CPR Level “C” or “HCP”
  • Provincial Violence Prevention
Diploma Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses
* Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

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Courses List

This 45 week Certificate program requires the student to complete the following courses.

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