Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses - 189

Ontario College Certificate
Nursing Student

If you are a dedicated, skilled nurse registered outside of Canada, Mohawk College is your bridge to Ontario nursing registration. 

The Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses (BIEN) program will provide you with the education and clinical experience necessary to meet the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) evidence of practice requirements.

The Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses (BIEN) program will provide you with the education and clinical experience necessary to meet the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) evidence of practice requirements. Upon completion of the program, a verification of course completion will be forwarded to the College of Nurses as proof of practice and fluency.

This program is available on a part-time basis.

  • Receive a recognized Ontario College Certificate
  • Nursing-specific language courses
  • Best practices as applied to nursing in Ontario
  • Gain experience in a Canadian hospital setting
  • Meet CNO's evidence of practice and fluency requirement
  • Employment ready
Program Contact
Continuing Education BIEN
  • Assessment letters from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) indicating educational equivalency as RN or RPN


  • Have practiced as a nurse within the last 10 years


  • All applicants for whom English is a second language must provide Official IELTS report with scores of 6.5 (Speaking and Writing) and 6.0 (Reading and Listening) OR Canadian English Language Benchmark OR I-CELBAN results of 8 (Speaking & Writing) and 7 (Reading and Listening) OR provide proof of fluency with College of Nurses. For CLB assessment or upgrading contact. For CLB assessment or upgrading contact Applied Communication for IELTS Assessment (opens new window).


  • Proof of immigration status such as Canadian citizenship, permanent residency OR authorized under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada)


  • Computer literacy** is required for program success. You must be able to use a computer to produce a basic Word document, use e-mail and the Internet

How to Register

Forward a cover letter along with:

  • Letter of Assessment from CNO
  • Resume outlining your nursing practice
  • Results of Official IELTS Assessment or Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or I-CELBAN or proof fluency with CNO
  • Proof of Citizenship or immigration status

Forward your documents by fax, email or mail to

BIEN Program Mohawk College
Institute of Applied Health Sciences
Room 221
1400 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada, L8S 1C7
Fax: 905-528-8242
Email: bien [at]

  • Receive a recognized Ontario College Certificate
  • Nursing-specific language courses
  • Best practices as applied to nursing in Ontario
  • Gain experience in a Canadian hospital setting
  • Meet CNO's evidence of practice and fluency requirement
  • Employment ready

Industries of Employment:

  • Hospitals, Physicians' Office, Retirement Homes, Community Agencies, Nursing Homes and Long Term Care Homes
  • Business Industries

Occupational Categories:

  • Registered Nurse or Practical Nurse

Your Program of Study is individualized and forwarded to you at admissions.

Students currently in progress should contact the bien [at] (BIEN Program) regarding a strategy for completion.

Professional practice is based on availability of clinical placements.

Click on the course title for a course description.


You must complete your program of study within 3 years from admission.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Benefit from 168 hours of hands-on in different supervised acute care clinical sites.
Credits: 4
Equivalents: CLIN10027
Course description: Gain an additional 280 hours of hands-on practice in diffeent preceptored practice settings. Prior to attendance you must have completed all progam courses and non-academic requirements, including Professional Practice Acute and Professional Practice Varied clinicals.
Prerequisites: CLIN10076 and CLIN10077 and NRSG10089 and CLIN10030 and COMM10099 and NRSG10016 and COMPCO291 and NRSG10018 and NRSG10019 and NRSG10020 and NRSG10027
Course description: This course is intended to enhance communication skills for the purpose of establishing healthy therapeutic relationships. It is a course requiring the refinement of practical skills and therefore includes a lab component.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: COMM10288 and COMM10289 and COMM10290
Equivalents: COMM10099
Course description: Students will learn to use a variety of common clinical information systems (i.e. Meditech) and research information using various online e-health resources such as Telehealth.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10016 or COMPCO291
Course description: Demonstrate proficiency in nursing skills following CNO standards of practice in a simulated laboratory setting.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10028
Course description: 1. Demonstrate and examine professional accountability and responsibility as a nurse in the Canadian Health Care System. 2. Examine and identify leadership concepts that are essential for personal and professional growth in nursing practice. 3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of ethical and legal concepts to nursing practice in Ontario. 4. Examine the Canadian Health Care System.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10018
Course description: Update nursing management skills for acute and chronically ill adults. Focus on nursing assessment, diagnosis and intervention implementation and evaluation, using evidence-based practice.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10019
Course description: This course is designed to integrate the student’s knowledge of development theories throughout the human life span. Emphasis on maternal/child and pediatric populations. Health promotion strategies and trends related to the variety of clients will be explored with emphasis on the integration of systems which affect these clients. It will also enhance the student's knowledge of mental health issues and current treatment trends.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10020
Course description: This service learning course will provide an opportunity for the Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses (BIEN) and Refresher Nursing students to experience and interact with various health care professionals and clients within a Canadian community context. Through interactions with various clients/communities and service professionals the BIEN/Refresher student will have the opportunity to experience community health care, while linking these lived experiences to the Social Determinants of Health, within a Canadian context.
Credits: 2
Course description: Administration of Medication for Nurses: Based on current practice standards from CNO, nurses will discuss accountability, professional responsibilities and competency requirements for administering medication.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10027
Course description: Nursing students will be able to conduct a comprehensive health assessment on a healthy adult, according to the parameters of their nursing designation i.e. RN or RPN. Conduct a health history, interview an adult client using appropriate communication strategies including cultural aspects and demonstrate: evidence based critical thinking to focus assessment and interpret data, physical assessment techniques Neuro, Resp, cardio, abdominal, MSK systems, knowledge of EENT, Breast & Axilla, and pain assessment.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10092
  • Prioritize and organize nursing and health care
  • Participate effectively as a team member to support clients' achievement of their expect health outcomes
  • Complete assessments in a holistic, comprehensive and analytical manner
  • Integrate theory, principles, and concepts into competent nursing practice
  • Apply principles of teaching-learning to promote clients' health and wellness
  • Practice in a professional manner within a legislative and ethical framework
  • Communicate effectively with clients, health care team members, and other
  • Implement and evaluate nursing interventions competently
  • Use a variety of technological tools to support clients' achievement of their expected outcomes
  • Develop and sustain therapeutic relationships with clients

For the academic period 2014-2015 there is a new process for the completion and submission of your Non-academic Requirements (NAR). Mohawk College will not be using ParaMed for the student submission(s) of NAR. You will be receiving further information via your Mohawk College email.

Mohawk College is excited about the new and improved process!


  • "I recommend this course for every international nurse."
  • "I have learned a lot, especially about the Canadian system of caring for individuals."
  • "Through this program, I learned to boost my confidence as a student and as a future Canadian nurse."
  • "To those people intending to enroll in this program, I strongly recommend it...There would surely be an impact on your life and your career."

Financial Assistance

Ontario Bridging Participants Assistance Program.

Accepted BIEN students may be eligible to receive up to $5000 in bursary funding towards tuition, books or equipment.

For more information click here or email awards [at]

Immigrant Access Fund

Accepted BIEN students can apply for a low interest loan. For more information click here (opens new window).

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