Hi! I hope i may enlighten you on your concern by sharing my experience. I too am a Pinoy!
I arrived here in Canada with a Permanent Resident Visa March of this year. When I was still in the Philippines, I researched as much as I can about becoming a nurse in Ontario. I don't mean to discourage you but so as not to be overwhelmed, like I am right now.... let me share you this:
>One of the requirements of the CNO is that you have a work permit here, Canadian citizen, or a Permament Resident status.
>I started myy application for the RN assessment to write the test May 2012. I was told that it would take up to 6 months for the first part of assessment. On this first part, they will be evaluating your school credentials. 6 months! I thought that was too long.. but then, since I am a newcomer, I was filled with optimism... then thought 6 months isn't that bad.
> September I received a letter, requesting for my registration and work employment records. FYI, the documents have to be sent from the institutions directly to the CNO. You will need to have a point person who can facilitate this with you since it will be hard to follow up from overseas. Please prepare yourself because on this second part of the assessment, they have no time frame. I have been advised that it usually takes about 2 years to get an assessment whether you are eligble to take thhe exam or need upgrade your schoool credentials. I inquired with York University, 95% of the time, the result would advise you to take a bridging program which is another 2 years and about 12k$.
I worked as an Emergency Staff nurse with St luke's Medical Center in Global City for 2.5 years.. Right now.. I feel so frustrated that I am left in the dark.. feeling stuck... can't go forward, because in order to go to school for the bridging program.. the school will still need the assessment of CNO.. which also takes about the same time.
I just came from the CNO office this morning and started a new application for Registered Practical Nurse.. hoping to be able to take the exam on May 2013, practice as RPN while waiting for my RN application.
whew.. I may have shared more than youre asking.. but I hope i have enlighten you in some way and all others there seeking this path...
I also have to mention that I sought help from the local government here to investigate or contact the CNO why they have no time frame for the second part of the assessment.. hoping that they could set standards for the CNO's way of evaluating internationally educated nurses.. but CNO is not cooperating with them.