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Post-Graduate Certificate for Internationally Educated Nurses (With Co-op)

Program Duration: 67 weeks

If you trained as a nurse before coming to Canada, get the skills and confidence you need to continue your career in your new home country. Did you train abroad as a nurse? Get the skills you need to enter the field here in Canada and continue your career.

In CDI College's Post-Graduate Certificate for Internationally Educated Nurses, you'll gain the knowled to adapt to Canadian healthcare standards and practices, and get the preparation needed for the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Hands-On Nursing Courses

Your courses will cover clinical practice, communication, maternity, gerontology, pharmacology, and other essential topics.

Once you earn your certificate and meet all of the regulatory requirements to get licensed in Canada, you can work as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN).

Real-World Nursing Co-Op Experience

To get you fully prepared for nursing in the Canadian healthcare system, you will also completed a rigorous 24-week co-op placement.

This will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the academic component of the program into relevant work experience.

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Program Courses

PGC-ORIENT - School and Program Orientation

This session welcomes you to the college, introduces you to your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff, reviews the policies and procedures related to your studies, and prepares the student for their learning experience.

PGC-FND - Foundation of Canadian Nursing Practice

This course will introduce Canadian health care system and explore specific health and cultural issue to address the needs of the increasingly diverse patients and resident population. The course content includes health promotion and disease prevention, Canadian health system standard policies and protocols, nutritional concepts, complementary therapies and alternative therapies.

PGC-CCP - Concepts of Clinical Practice

This course will enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to patient care situation with critical nursing skills to recognize and resolve patient care problems and use of the nursing process to design therapeutic nursing interventions and evaluate their effectiveness. This course content includes asepsis and infection control, admission, transfer and discharge, safety, body mechanic and patient mobility, and surgical wound dressing.

PGC-PNC - Professional Nursing Communication

This course provides interrelated aspects of communication to help IENs develop effective communication skills with their patients, members of the community and other health professionals. This course content includes therapeutic nursing technique for communication, communication strategies, verbal and non-verbal communication.

PGC-PNP - Professional Nursing Practice

This course provides information about legal and ethical boundaries of nursing practice ethics and guidelines for documentation, privacy and maintaining confidentiality. Course content includes evidence based practice/research, leadership, management, and interdisciplinary practice, team leadership and followership management, delegation, resource management, legal/ethical, advocacy, and regulatory frameworks.

PGC-PHARM - Pharmacology

This course focuses on the basic drug classification, concepts and principles of pharmacology with special consideration for the nursing role in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy with the nursing process. Nursing implications relative to the utilization of drug therapy. Dosage calculations are assessed for competency. The course content includes introduction to general principles in pharmacology, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles. Drug distribution, nursing consideration and principle for medication administration and the mechanisms of action, uses and side effects of drugs affecting the body systems.

PGC-MSN - Medical Surgical Nursing

This course focuses on application of nursing process to care of an adult patient experiencing various medical surgical conditions. It facilitates students’ learning about disease process, body system and nursing care associated with it. The course content includes review of all system disease conditions, nursing assessment and nursing care plan.

PGC-MAT - Maternity

This course focuses on the role of the nurse in meeting the physiological, psychosocial, cultural and developmental needs of the maternal or child client. The course content includes health promotion and pregnancy, care of mother and new born, and care of high-risk mother and family with special needs.

PGC-PED - Pediatrics

This course focuses on the assessment and planning a care for children in all stages of growth and development. The course content includes basic concepts of care of a child with physical, mental and/or cognitive disorders, principles and characteristics of growth and development and care of those who are acutely and chronically ill, stressing both preventive and restorative interventions.

PGC-GER - Gerontology

This course will enable students to apply knowledge and theories of aging: biological, psychological, and social types of dementia. The course content includes historical and current aging trends in Canada, social support, abuse and neglect in seniors, Government legislation and mental and physical health for seniors.

PGC-MHN - Mental Health Nursing

This course will enable students to apply theory, concepts, and skills related to mental health nursing while functioning as a member of the nursing profession, provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, and member of the healthcare team in a variety of inpatient and community settings. This course content includes concepts of mental health, care of the patient with psychiatric disorders, addictions and abuse.

PGC-CLP - Clinical Placement

This course enable student to acquire experience in Canadian health care setting. This course provides student to have direct exposure in the selected area under the supervision.

PGC-PREP1 - Examination Strategies

This module prepares students for their licensure examination. The course content includes review of basic concepts of nursing across the lifespan. The students will learn and run through various test taking strategies, perform critical thinking exercises and practice multiple self-assessment exams.

PGC-PREP2 - Nursing Simulation

This module provides student an opportunity to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge into various clinical situations. The course content includes basic Canadian nursing skills, safety techniques, clinical decision making skills and scenario-based simulations.

PGC-PREP3 - Professional Development

This module prepares students for interviews and work placement. The course content includes a review of standards, interview preparation, safe and effective workplace practice, work ethics, and cultural awareness.


A co-operative (co-op) placement is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the academic component of the program into relevant work experience. During the co-op, students will be considered employees who are actively engaged in productive work for the duration of the co-op session. The co-op experience will provide students with coaching and mentoring, work-site monitoring and employer evaluations. This workplace exposure will benefit the students by providing a deeper real-time insight to the current trends in the industry, allowing them to explore their different career opportunities, and observe professionals in practical work situations. Students will continue to strengthen their experience by acquiring situation-specific skills and identifying areas that may need to be developed further. The institution will monitor both the student and the employer throughout the co-op session to ensure that the experience is beneficial to all stakeholders. At the conclusion of the co-op, a written evaluation of the student’s performance will be completed.

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