Practical Nursing in Canada for 2 years

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    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 my classes will start on January.

    My question is, will CNO allow me to take the Practical nurse licensure exam on a post-graduation work permit? I read on the Canadian Immigration website that students who graduate from a course 8 months and longer are eligible for a post-graduation work permit which will be valid for as long as the course they graduated from. I was wondering if CNO would allow me to take the licensure exam with that permit.

    Thank you so much. I'm new here and registered just so I could ask this question.
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    I am a Practical Nurse here in Ontario Canada and I am not sure about the answer to your question.Your best be would be to call the CNO and ask how it would work once you graduate from the program and if you would be able to write your exam after finishing school since you will be on a work permit.They know the ins and outs to nursing here in Ontario.

    They are pretty helpful and know alot! Good luck with your schooling as well!
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    Thank you so much. I'll call CNO and ask them myself later tonight. I have been meaning to call them but the time difference makes it a bit difficult for me.

    If you don't mind ma'am, I'd like to ask you a few questions regarding Practical Nursing in Canada. First is, if you graduate PN from an institution in Ontario, can you also register and work at other cities/provinces such as Manitoba or Saskatchewan? Next is, are there plenty of job openings for PNs in Ontario? Can I also get specialization training like in dialysis or footcare once I'm licensed?

    I'm so sorry for the bombardment of questions. Thank you so much.
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    so you are already an rn in the philippines? that means you have a bsn degree, correct? why do you have to go back to school in canada to become an lpn? can't you just write their rn or lpn exam without going back to school?

    i know your bsn degree in the philippines is equivalent to bsn here in the u.s. and all you have to do is take the nclex-rn. not too sure about canada though.
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    Quote from agldragonrn
    so you are already an rn in the philippines? that means you have a bsn degree, correct? why do you have to go back to school in canada to become an lpn? can't you just write their rn or lpn exam without going back to school?

    i know your bsn degree in the philippines is equivalent to bsn here in the u.s. and all you have to do is take the nclex-rn. not too sure about canada though.
    yes i am.. but the problem is that i don't have any job experience due to lack of employment opportunities in my country. job experience is required if i am to work in the us or in canada. even if i take the nclex or an exam in canada, without an actual degree in the country itself, immigrant status or an employer willing to hire someone with zero experience, i won't be able to stay in work in canada/us. so instead, i'll study again on a student visa, get a post-graduation work-permit and find a job as a practical nurse.
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    Quote from kamae
    ... if you graduate PN from an institution in Ontario, can you also register and work at other cities/provinces such as Manitoba or Saskatchewan? Next is, are there plenty of job openings for PNs in Ontario? Can I also get specialization training like in dialysis or footcare once I'm licensed?
    Once you've passed the CPNRE you're eligible for registration in the other provinces. Job openings vary considerable from location to location. Ontario is the most populous province in Canada and prospects may be good in some communities and dismal in others. And yes, you may obtain specialized training as a PN.
    Last edit by janfrn on Sep 20, '11
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    Quote from janfrn
    Once you've passed the CPNRE you're eligible for registration in the other provinces. Job openings vary considerable from location to location. Ontario is the most populous province in Canada and prospects may be good in some communities and dismal in others. And yes, you may obtain specialized training as a PN.
    Thanks! I hope by the time I need to look for a job, it won't be too hard to land a job as LPN. I have a long way to go since I still have to go to school and hopefully pass the exam.. I hope things turn out alright.

    Your replies are greatly appreciated.:heartbeat
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    If you have graduated as a nurse in the Philippines you should not have to go to school again.

    You should be able to apply for registration as a PN through the College of Nurses on Ontario.

    They will asses your eligibility to take the exam (CPNRE).
    I am not sure why the work experience is an issue?
    Everybody starts somewhere even Canadian graduates.
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    Quote from RN_Canada
    If you have graduated as a nurse in the Philippines you should not have to go to school again.

    You should be able to apply for registration as a PN through the College of Nurses on Ontario.

    They will asses your eligibility to take the exam (CPNRE).
    I am not sure why the work experience is an issue?
    Everybody starts somewhere even Canadian graduates.
    You see, I am after the visa status. I can't register as PN without a status in Canada such as being an immigrant/citizen/work visa. Unless I already have an employer (which I think would be very difficult to get without a registration with CNO) I don't think I would be qualified.

    I have tried before to register with CNO in order for me to be able to take bridging programs for RNs. They turned it down saying I needed a masters degree and some work experience. I honestly don't get CNO that much. Somehow, this student visa path I'm taking is just a way for me to enter Canada. Taking a 2-year Practical nursing course doesn't require registration with CNO before they enroll me, so I took the opportunity thinking that I could get registered with CNO after I graduate.

    If you think how I understood everything is wrong, please do feel free to correct me. Thank you!
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    Quote from kamae
    you see, i am after the visa status. i can't register as pn without a status in canada such as being an immigrant/citizen/work visa. unless i already have an employer (which i think would be very difficult to get without a registration with cno) i don't think i would be qualified.

    i have tried before to register with cno in order for me to be able to take bridging programs for rns. they turned it down saying i needed a masters degree and some work experience. i honestly don't get cno that much. somehow, this student visa path i'm taking is just a way for me to enter canada. taking a 2-year practical nursing course doesn't require registration with cno before they enroll me, so i took the opportunity thinking that i could get registered with cno after i graduate.

    if you think how i understood everything is wrong, please do feel free to correct me. thank you!
    please make sure you will be able to obtain a working visa once you finished the lpn schooling in canada. i kinda understand that you are after the visa but be 100% certain that you will be able to do this if you go in this path. you don't want to spend all the money and time and find out in the end that you won't even be able to obtain a working visa.

    just to give you an example, there are many lpn schools in the philippines promising students they will be able to go to the united states and work as an lpn. so the students finished school and successfully passed the nclex-pn then find out they cannot use the lpn title to get petitioned by the employer. only bsn nurses are accepted for employer based visa. so these students wasted time and money and for nothing.

    i wish you luck and i hope everything works out for you.


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