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How to become a nurse in Canada

Choosing a profession, students are guided by several points – their hobbies, prospects, and demand for a specialty, wages. Education in Canada adds another factor to this list – the opportunity to stay in the country and get the opportunity to extraordinary immigration. All these requirements are met by the specialty Registered Nurses, which has been occupying a leading position in the list of scarce professions for many years. Certified nurses are so in demand that the corresponding diploma gives a guarantee of almost one hundred percent employment, and not only in Canada.

  1. Some statistics …

Data from the Canadian Association of Nurses indicate that in 2012 there were more than 100,000 nurse shortages in the healthcare market. Universities and colleges did not train personnel in sufficient numbers, relying on immigrants and foreign students.

Over time, the situation only worsened, as working nurses retired, and there was no one to replace them. Figures for Vancouver show an outflow of personnel – up to 1,000 nurses per year against the background of the graduation of 650-750 young specialists. The annual deficit was already up to 250 qualified nurses per year.

Against the backdrop of the economic crisis, the situation temporarily improved, as Canadian nurses of retirement age postponed their well-deserved rest and continued to work. But as soon as the economies of Canada and other countries stabilized, another massive outflow of medical personnel began.

  1. Who should I go to study?

In Canadian health care, there are 4 core areas of work for nurses:

  • 1. Personal Support Worker (PSW). The tasks of PSW, translated into Russian reality, are more in line with the functionality of a nurse. The earnings of junior nurses in hospitals and boarding houses are up to $ 10-25 per hour. Training takes a minimum of time – only 2 semesters in the college program.
  • 2. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Getting crusts from a licensed nurse practitioner also doesn’t require a lot of training. The colleges offer programs ranging from one year in British Columbia to two years in Ontario and Alberta. Certificates and diplomas confirm a good knowledge of the theoretical material, and the compulsory Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) is a practical qualification level.
  • LPN’s work includes performing basic medical procedures (taking tests, dispensing prescribed drugs, sterilizing operating equipment, caring for patients, explaining the principles of a healthy lifestyle to patients and their families). Also, Licensed Practical Nurses can care for chronic patients, both in the hospital and at home. And the latter direction guarantees excellent prospects for qualified nurses.
  • In hospitals, LPN fulfills Registered Nurses’ tasks and earns approximately $ 34,500 per year for their work.
  • It is not difficult to gain knowledge and find a job for a nurse of this profile. Special initial knowledge and work experience are not required.
  • 3. Registered Nurse (RN). The work of a Registered Nurse already requires serious knowledge – not only nursing but also the solution of administrative issues, document management. The amount of work directly with patients is reduced to a minimum.
  • A university degree for Registered Nurses is compulsory, as is a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BScN). Those who have chosen a research activity or want to work in a narrow medical specialization will need to additionally obtain a master’s or doctor’s degree. When it comes to a Registered Nurse Associates degree, then this is an American term that emphasizes an intermediate professional level: higher than an LPN with a post-college diploma, but lower in level than an RN with a BScN.
  • RN’s professional knowledge is enough for independent work. Having a treatment plan in hand, nurses can control the patient’s condition – carry out treatment, issue prescribed medications. Also, the Registered Nurse maintains medical equipment, assists in operations, and supervises junior medical personnel.
  • A wide range of specializations allows certified nurses to work in any hospital department – from emergency care to surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, oncology, and geriatrics. Vacancies are also available in polyclinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and private practice doctors’ offices.
  • In Ontario, Registered Nurses can expect to pay up to $ 48,500 per year.
  • 4. Nurse Practitioner (NP). The status of a Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s Degree in Nursing is the highest among auxiliary medical positions. Most provincial Canadian regulations allow NP to diagnose, prescribe drugs, and prescribe and modify treatment regimens for both physical ailments and mental health conditions. Nurses are given the right to independently conduct a complete medical examination and even perform simple surgical procedures.
  • With sufficient experience, nurse practitioners can work separately from doctors, but most often this is a pair collaboration. The doctor is responsible for making diagnoses and prescribing, the nurse practitioner is responsible for completing all assigned tasks.
  • NP’s median annual income reaches $ 92,500.

The level of income in any of the cases is not absolute and depends on many things – on the length of service, the chosen place of work, the province of Canada.

  1. Education at Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse is the direction most in-demand among foreign students. There are two ways to get things done:

  • 1. Choose an appropriate college program and enroll in further education.
  • 2. Complete college refresher training for a Canadian diploma. This path is interesting for holders of basic medical education, as some subjects may be overwritten.

The medical faculties of colleges and universities are officially called medical schools. Requirements for admission are different everywhere, but there are usually no compulsory entrance examinations.

Applicants just need to present a certificate of secondary education and confirm their knowledge of mathematics at the 11th grade level of the Canadian school and the 12th grade level of such subjects as:

  • chemistry
  • physics
  • biology
  • English or French.

In Canada, there is a practice of loans, which can be taken at the end of school. For future physicians, these are “thirty” in chemistry, biology, and foreign. Do not be intimidated, since the “thirty” is equivalent to the results of Russian secondary education, and when entering college, foreign students are often credited with the results of the certificate.

If the choice fell on a retraining course, then you will need to provide not only the required documents but also a diploma and TOEFL results. You should take care of the translation and apostillization of all prepared papers in advance. You don’t have to worry about admission: the enrollment is held twice a year, and the competition is less than for regular programs.

The duration of training at a Registered Nurse depends on the chosen level:

  • Associate Degree. The study will take 2 years. Cheapest deals at Community College.
  • Bachelors Degree (BSN). Training for 4 years.
  • Masters Degree (MSN). Study for more than two years and only after receiving BSN.

For Canada, it is considered normal practice when, after receiving a PN, students continue to study to the BSN level and work at the same time.

MSN is not necessary for everyone. Only if you want to become a nurse-manager or teach in the future at the university.

  1. Canadian colleges with medical programs

International students with medical education and work experience are waiting for OMNI College in Richmond. The educational institution is unique, and not only because it teaches foreigners from all over the world. All college teachers must practice, work in their specialties. This allows them to give real knowledge to students, share their experiences. The OMNI curriculum is reviewed annually, adjusting to the latest trends in world medicine. This makes it possible to train highly sought-after specialists that are so needed by Canadian hospitals.

Many colleges partner with universities for medical programs. When evaluating admission options, it is worth evaluating all the opportunities and offers of Canadian education.

Canadian Business College and campuses Toronto, Scarborough, Mississauga are recruiting for programs:

  • Dental Chairside Assistant
  • Early Childcare Assistant w / Co-op
  • Medical and Health Administration
  • Personal Support Worker w / Co-op

Everest College of Business, Technology and Health Care. The campuses of Toronto College Park, Scarborough, Ottawa West, Ottawa East offer programs:

  • Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician
  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physiotherapist Assistant
  • Cardiology Technologist
  • Dental Office and Chairside Assistant, Health
  • Fitness and Nutrition Consultant
  • Intra-Oral (Level II) Dental Assistant

And the campuses of Mississauga, Brampton, Sudbury, Ottawa East, North York, Barrie, Kitchener, Newmarket, Windsor work with students according to the programs:

  • Dental Office and Chairside Assistant
  • Early childcare assistant
  • Health, Fitness and Nutrition Consultant
  • Intra-Oral (Level II) Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician
  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Physiotherapist Assistant

Evergreen College – on the Toronto and Mississauga campuses, training is conducted on:

  • Medical Office Administration
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant

KLC College: Healthcare, Business, Education invites you to the Richmond Hill Campus to master medical programs:

  • Dental Administration
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Administration
  • Medical terminology
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physiotherapy And Occupational Therapy Assistant

Canadian Beauty College’s Newmarket campus prepares for the Medical Aesthetics program.

TriOS College – campuses Scarborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Oshawa, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Windsor – are engaged in training in medical programs:

  • Intra Oral Dental Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant with Internship

And additionally, the Toronto Campus and London Campus accept:

  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant with Internship
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Medical Transcriptionist (With Internship)
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Physiotherapist Assistant

The Mississauga campus of the National Academy of Health and Business invites you to study on medical programs:

  • Early childcare assistant
  • Health Services Office Administration
  • Intra Oral Dental Level I & II
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Physiotherapist Assistant

Oxford College of Arts, Business, and Technology awaits future nurses at Campus Scarborough at:

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Intra-Oral Dental Assistant (1 & 2)
  • Medical and Dental Office Administration
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technologist
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Control and Quality Assurance

PTC Willis College of Business, Health and Technology and Barrie College Campuses, Bracebridge, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunderbay are recruiting for copper destinations:

  • Health Office Administrator
  • Personal Support Worker

Trillium College invites to the Toronto and Oshawa campuses, Yonge St. and Church St., Burlington and Peterborough and is recruiting for specialties:

  • Dental Chairside Assistant
  • Intra Oral Dental Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Physio / Occupational Therapist Assistant

And if you enroll in Burlington Campus, then you can additionally choose:

  • Primary Care Paramedic
  • Sports Injury Therapy

At the Academy of Learning Career and Business College – Toronto and Bay and Bloor – you can get training in the following areas:

  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant (CMAP)
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Personal Support Worker

At Herzing College (Campus Toronto) invite the specialty Medical Office Administrator, and Sutherland-Chan (Campus Toronto) prepares:

  • Accelerated Massage Therapy
  • Registered Massage Therapy

Grade Learning – campuses Toronto Central, Downsview, Weston, Etobicoke, Scarborough, East, Rexdale, Oshawa, Stoney Creek – Medical and Clinical Office Assistant training

Medix School – on the campuses of Toronto, Scarborough, Brampton – prepares for nurses in the following areas:

  • Dental Assistant Level II
  • Intra-Oral Dental Assistant
  • Medical and General Lab Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Professional Fitness Consultant

Campus Toronto and Citi College offer Medical Office Assistant training.

Tyndale University College (Campus Toronto) prepares for Psychology.

CTS Canadian Career College accepts international students at Campus Barrie, North Bay, Sudbury to prepare for:

  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Paramedic
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician

George Brown College (School of Nursing) offers several levels of nursing training:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc.N.)
  • Practical Nursing
  • RPN Bridge to B.Sc.N. Program
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Registered Nurse – Operating Room Perioperative Nursing (Postgraduate)
  • Registered Nurse – Operating Room Perioperative Nursing (Online) (Postgraduate)
  • Registered Nurse – Perinatal Intensive Care Nursing (Postgraduate)
  • Registered Nurse – Critical Care Nursing (Postgraduate)
  • Registered Nurse – Critical Care Nursing (Online) (Postgraduate), Family Practice Nursing
  • Personal Support Worker Pathway to Practical Nursing

At Algonquin College are prepared:

  • Psychiatric
  • Community
  • Emergency
  • Critical Care
  • RN Refresher
  • Administration of Medication

Assiniboine Community College invites you to:

  • Palliative Care
  • Foot care

At the University of Athabasca University can be trained Public Health / Community, and the Institute of British Columbia Institute of Technology in the field of Critical care, Cardiology, and Emergency.

Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology conducts nursing training:

  • Postoperative
  • Diabetes Education
  • Occupational Health
  • Oncology
  • Accident prevention
  • Coronary care
  • Nutrition

Camosun College invites you to programs:

  • Professional Development
  • Assessment
  • Pharmacology
  • Geriatrics


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