Assessment of An Internationally Trained RN's Education

  1. Hello Everyone,

    I would like to ask if anyone ever encountered any problems having their foreign educational credentials assessed.

    My husband is a new BSN graduate, registered nurse from the Philippines and is hoping to find work in Ontario as a RN. Did you ever hear of a case where someone applied as a RN but was assessed to be the equivalent of a RPN? What are the reasons for this and how can this be remedied? Could a decision like this be appealed? What could be done to stregthen his credentials?

    Your inputs on this matter will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   mctina_20
    my husband and i applied for registration at CRNBC ( British Columbia) and our credential passed their assessment guidelines to be a RN.

    could it be because your husband lacks the needed hospital experience? you said he is a newly grad, was it a 4 year course? or the shortened one?
  4. by   kalayaan
    mctina, are you in canada already? how long did it take you be certified & immigrate there?
  5. by   suzanne4
    Quote from stsjpc
    Hello Everyone,

    I would like to ask if anyone ever encountered any problems having their foreign educational credentials assessed.

    My husband is a new BSN graduate, registered nurse from the Philippines and is hoping to find work in Ontario as a RN. Did you ever hear of a case where someone applied as a RN but was assessed to be the equivalent of a RPN? What are the reasons for this and how can this be remedied? Could a decision like this be appealed? What could be done to stregthen his credentials?

    Your inputs on this matter will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
    Ontario is quite strict and it must be from a full four year program, not a second courser program in most instances. Their two year program is for the LPN there. Not the RN.

    Nothing can be done to strengthen credentials, they go by what is in the transcript from the nursing school. That is what they are concerned with.
  6. by   suzanne4
    Ontario and British Columbia have very different requirements for licensure. BC does not require the four year degree, Ontario does, even if they come from the US. Let alone any other foreign country.
  7. by   mctina_20
    if i am not mistaken i think BC now requires a 4 year course in nursing rather than the 2 year second courser graduates.kalayaan - - we are still here in the Philippines. supposedly we were to leave last august, but due to some personal matters we must attend to first we decided for a later date, early next year. assessment only takes a few months. I submitted mine last april, now all i have to do is to fill up the form for application for temporary permit then i can practice as a RN under temporary permit. my husband is actually the principal applicant, he submitted his papers way ahead of me, it is much easier to look for an employer once you have applied for registration already and with hospital experience of course to back you up. immigration application only takes maximum of four months.goodluck!
  8. by   kalayaan
    wow, thats pretty fast. thanks for answering my curiousity. i wish you and your family luck!
  9. by   jmsl
    hi, i have questions for you guys. if i finished BSN here in the Philippines (by the way, i'm a second courser and based on thier assessment i have 3-1/2 years to finished the course) and wants to work in Toronto or Ontario, what exams should i take? Based on my research all BSN who wants to work in canada should take CRNE (Canadian Registered Nurse Exam). Is this the only exam they requires?

    Is NCLEX-RN one of their requirements?
  10. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    No, Canada doesn't recognize NCLEX-RN, in the same way most states are not recognizing CRNE any more. If you read some of the other posts on this forum about the CRNE, it's pretty obvious that they have very different foci. And I have to say that I'm not overly impressed with the nursing skills and critical thinking I'm seeing from a lot of the successful takers of the CRNE that I've encountered lately. They aren't prepared for bedside nursing at all, but that's where the biggest need is...
  11. by   sashi_18
    hi, Im planning to apply for registration in British Columbia, I am from the Philippines. I understand that after I qualified for registration, I have to write the CRNE, how exactly do I have to prepare for this exam? I think there are no review centers or materials here in the Philippines about CRNE.
  12. by   suzanne4
    Quote from jmsl
    hi, i have questions for you guys. if i finished BSN here in the Philippines (by the way, i'm a second courser and based on thier assessment i have 3-1/2 years to finished the course) and wants to work in Toronto or Ontario, what exams should i take? Based on my research all BSN who wants to work in canada should take CRNE (Canadian Registered Nurse Exam). Is this the only exam they requires?

    Is NCLEX-RN one of their requirements?
    NCLEX is for working in the US only.
  13. by   jmsl
    Quote from janfrn
    No, Canada doesn't recognize NCLEX-RN, in the same way most states are not recognizing CRNE any more. If you read some of the other posts on this forum about the CRNE, it's pretty obvious that they have very different foci. And I have to say that I'm not overly impressed with the nursing skills and critical thinking I'm seeing from a lot of the successful takers of the CRNE that I've encountered lately. They aren't prepared for bedside nursing at all, but that's where the biggest need is...

    thanks mommy janfrn! thanks for the information.
  14. by   jmsl
    Quote from suzanne4
    NCLEX is for working in the US only.

    thanks suzzane4!

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