Practical Nursing in Canada for 2 years - page 3

by kamae | 16,793 Views | 49 Comments

Hi, I am a registered nurse in the Philippines with no work experience. I enrolled at a 2-year practical nursing program at Centennial College in Toronto Canada. I already have a student visa and will be leaving this November but... Read More


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    Quote from kamae
    Hi asiole..

    They're right, you don't need to take an RPN course anymore because a bachelor degree of nursing + having passed the licensure exam back home will already qualify you to take the RPN exam.

    The only reason I'm taking a PN course is because I would like to migrate here soon and the only way I can do that now is through the student visa route. I could have picked any other course because it isn't necessary to take the PN one, but this one is currently the most convenient for me. Since it is a 2- yr course, it will make me eligible for a 3 yr work permit after graduation (postgraduation work permit) and then give me a possibility to migrate once I have worked as a practical nurse for at least 1 year (Canadian experience class). There are many other courses to choose from so if you plan to take the student visa route as well, you can look into other courses. I am sticking to this course for my own reasons.

    The RN bridging program in Ontario for RNs from other countries with no experience is equivalent to 3 years. 1 year at a college (like the school I am in now) and 2 years in a University (like Ryerson or York for example). I am eligible to start a bridging to RN but I chose to pursue becoming an immigrant first and then maybe move to another province for the bridging program when the time comes because other provinces like Alberta, only take a year to bridge to RN regardless of your work experience. You can pm me if you have other questions. Best of luck to u.
    If you are an RN in the Phil why don't you just apply for RN licensure here in Canada? Why do you think that applying as a student is your only option for immigration?
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    There are many other ways to migrate but I do not qualify for the others. I applied for RN at CNO already and I can bridge while on a student visa but it will take much longer and there is no assurance I'll be accepted at university. It's very complicated. I understand your confusion completely.
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    There is no one year bridging programme in Alberta for Canadian LPNs.
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    Hello i want to know which student program you applied for and which agency because i want to apply for this also..im looking for a break to go to Canada too. Please and thank u.
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    [color=#333333]hi asiole..

    [color=#333333]they're right, you don't need to take an rpn course anymore because a bachelor degree of nursing + having passed the licensure exam back home will already qualify you to take the rpn exam.

    [color=#333333]the only reason i'm taking a pn course is because i would like to migrate here soon and the only way i can do that now is through the student visa route. i could have picked any other course because it isn't necessary to take the pn one, but this one is currently the most convenient for me. since it is a 2- yr course, it will make me eligible for a 3 yr work permit after graduation (postgraduation work permit) and then give me a possibility to migrate once i have worked as a practical nurse for at least 1 year (canadian experience class). there are many other courses to choose from so if you plan to take the student visa route as well, you can look into other courses. i am sticking to this course for my own reasons.

    [color=#333333]the rn bridging program in ontario for rns from other countries with no experience is equivalent to 3 years. 1 year at a college (like the school i am in now) and 2 years in a university (like ryerson or york for example). i am eligible to start a bridging to rn but i chose to pursue becoming an immigrant first and then maybe move to another province for the bridging program when the time comes because other provinces like alberta, only take a year to bridge to rn regardless of your work experience. you can pm me if you have other questions. best of luck to u.
    Last edit by asiole on Aug 9, '12
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    Thank you so much for all of your replies. I really appreciate that. Same as you, i would want to work and hopefully, migrate to Canada. I search for ways on how to get there, and studying there is the only way I think i am qualified since i don't have any work experience here in the Philippines and I have NOT pass the board exam too. I actually have a sister in Ontario, and she's an immigrant already. But, unfortunately she cannot sponsor me under family stream anymore because i'm already 23. That's why studying there is the only way i can think of. Also, I can't think of any other course that i'm familiar with. To be able to migrate to Canada, I have read that you need to work in line with NOC A,B or 0 and as much as i would want to take another course other than PN, I don't think there's any other course that could land me a job that falls under it. And i'm worried that if I would choose another course not related with Nursing, there would be a tendency that Canadian embassy reject my student application because they might think that I have other plans aside from going there just to study. Again, thank you so much for your time.
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    Hello Kamae and Asiole this Topic is old but I'm hoping you can help me. I'm also a fresh grad and I've just passed the NLE this year and I'm hoping to enter Candana as well via student visa and work while processing the immigration requirements. As most fresh grads I still lack the necessary work experience to go for the point system most agencies are offering, tho I have family in Ottawa and I do have some savings to fund my study I really have ZERO Idea on what, how, where to start. I would really like to chat with you if its possible but I still lack the needed post for pm but you can contact me via FB CrazyFingaz i really hope you read this and can point me to the right direction. Thank You in advance x)
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Aug 17, '12
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    Please read this thread: http://allnurses.com/international-nursing/iens-regarding-canadian-772857.html




    These changes are likely to be in place well before you will have finalized your plans and you will most likely not qualify for a student visa.
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    hi Kamae! how has your plan worked out for you? I'm curious because i'm planning to do the same thing.any feedback on your practical nursing program will be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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    Hi Kamae,This is a late entry, but I read you comment/entry, sept. 11, 2011 and it is really interesting to me. Maybe you can answer/help me. It will definitely benefit me.My brother graduated from Philippines with no work experience as an RN. Therefore, he is interested in applying to Vancouver, Canada as an LPN nursing student due to no jobs in Phiippines. There is already a school that is accredited that he interested and it is legitimate. My question to you is, if he is applying for the LPN route in Canada will the consulate question his RN to LPN route in order to receive a student visa. Have you been questioned by Canadian Officer that you are an RN and studying LPN in Canada. I read your comment, your already an RN from Philippines but went for LPN program in Toronto, Canada College. Did canadian immigration gave you hard time prior to receiving a student visa. Did they asked why you an RN and why you are studying as an LPN in Canada. Please reply and would be greatly appreciated as soon as possible. Thank you.


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