Nursing: Post-RN for Internationally Educated Nurses

Nursing: Post-RN for Internationally Educated Nurses

Faculty of Health

York's Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) program is specifically designed for internationally educated nurses who are not currently registered in Ontario. If you are a dedicated, skilled nurse registered outside of Canada and hoping to continue your nursing career in Ontario, this program is a good fit for you.

Offers of admission for Nursing will begin after the deadline (February 1) has passed. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

The IEN program takes only 20 months to complete as a full-time student and includes English language support and mentorship. You will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN degree) and will be qualified to take your Canadian Registered Nurses Exam.

The School of Nursing focuses on the theoretical, scientific and philosophical knowledge of human caring. The innovative person-centric approach to teaching at York University's School of Nursing develops the future leaders in Canada's health care system, preparing them for careers as nurses in hospitals, community health and other organizations, public health promotion leaders, nursing practice leaders, and health care managers or educators.

To be eligible for admission to this program, you must:

  • be a licensed Registered Nurse in your home jurisdiction;
  • be a resident of Ontario (landed immigrant, Canadian citizen or convention refugee);
  • submit all supporting documentation and language proficiency test results (if required) to York's Office of Admissions; and
  • have been evaluated for an RN by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) as possessing an education at least equivalent to a diploma level.

As a graduate of the School of Nursing at York, you will be well qualified in a wide range of nursing areas including institutional and community settings, public health promotion, education and program development in the rapidly growing health services and management sector. The program offers the building blocks that will prepare you to assume roles as practice leader, educator and/or manager.

Opportunities for students

Apply your classroom learning through hands-on experiential education in our Nursing Simulation Centre, Nursing Skills Lab and Computer Simulation Lab.

Get involved in the community at the TD Community Engagement Centre (TDCEC). The TDCEC established an opportunity for nursing students to contact area residents and provide them with support while appealing Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) decisions. As a participant in this program you will work with residents to create a strong appeal, work with agency partners to connect residents to other relevant services and provide advocacy for the residents throughout the appeal process.

Work with your classmates to create engaging presentations on various issues relating to your coursework, such as patient care and chronic illness in children.
Possible Career Paths Include being a Registered Nurse in the following fields:

  • Home healthcare
  • Primary healthcare
  • Public health
  • Hospital tertiary care
  • Long-term care
  • Global health care

Not eligible to apply to this program? You may be interested in other Nursing programs at York.

Program Details

Offered by

Faculty of Health

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered


Ways to study


Experiential Education

  • Practicum
  • Class-focused
  • Community-focused

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry


Summer entry



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