Registered Nurse Refresher - 069

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Mix of classroom and online
Nursing Students

Are you a Registered Nurse in Ontario who has been out of active practice for more than 3 years? Update your skills prior to returning to active nursing.

Combining theory and hands on practice, review digital health informatics, professional accountability and responsibilities as a nurse, ethical and legal concepts to nursing practices, medical and surgical theory, communication skills, and much more to prepare you for re-entry into the nursing field.

You must hold a Certificate of Registration or Reinstatement Letter from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and not have been out of practice for more than 10 years.

Requirements to begin this program are outlined on the Admissions & Registration tab.

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Program Contact
Continuing Education Nursing
  • Certificate of Registration or Reinstatement Letter from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) (opens new window)
  • Must have practiced within the last 10 years. Individuals who have been out of practice for more than 10 years may be considered for admission based on previous nursing experience

How to Register

Forward a cover letter along with:

  • Copy of your CNO Certificate of Registration or Reinstatement Letter
  • Resume outlining your nursing practice

Forward your documents by fax, email or mail to:

RN Refresher Program
Mohawk College
Institute for Applied Health Sciences
Room 131
1400 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 1C7
Email: bien [at] (BIEN)

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year .

Your program of study is individualized and forwarded to you at admission. For prerequisites and co-requisites, please refer to your program of study. 

All courses MUST be completed prior to attending clinical experience. Clinical placements are scheduled taking into consideration your individual independent learning needs and the availability of clinical sites. Medical clearance, mask fit and BCLS are required prior to clinical.

Note: You must complete the full program within 3 years from admission.

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

Click on the course title for a course description.

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
Prerequisites: HLTH10201 and NRSG10116 and NRSG10089 and NRSG10109 and NRSG10018 and NRSG10110 and NRSG10019 and NRSG10013 and NRSG10027 and NRSG10114 and NRSG10092
Course description: Gain an additional 280 hours of hands-on practice in different preceptored practice settings. Prior to attendance you must have completed all program courses and non-academic requirements, including Professional Practice Acute and Professional Practice Varied clinicals.
Prerequisites: CLIN10076 or CLIN10027
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: 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
Course Code Course Name Fall 2019
(Sep to Dec)
Winter 2020
(Jan to Apr)
Spring 2020
(May to Aug)
COMM 10172 Therapeutic Communication Skill Review for Experienced Nurses   Classroom Classroom
HLTH 10201 Digital Health Informatics Classroom    
NRSG 10089 Professional Practice Labs   Classroom  
NRSG 10109 Professional Development for Experienced Nurses Classroom    
NRSG 10110 Medical/Surgical Theory Review   Classroom Classroom
NRSG 10111 Maternal Child/Mental Health Theory Review Classroom



NRSG 10114 Health Assessment Review for Regulated Health Care Professionals    


CLIN 10076 Professional Practice Acute Fieldwork Fieldwork Fieldwork
CLIN 10078 Professional Practice Consolidation Fieldwork Fieldwork Fieldwork
  • Provide competent care with a holistic awareness of the impact of the internal and external context on health and healing
  • Identify the need for appropriate change in health care, create a climate for adopting change and contribute to effecting and evaluating change
  • Contribute to the future of the nursing profession through a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth and integrate critical inquiry into professional practice
  • Integrate an understanding of the client's unique perspective on his/her health, and how this perspective influences participation in one's health care
  • Build relationships in a team environment and be actively engaged in team decision making around client care
  • Contribute to the body of nursing knowledge through demonstrating an inquiring approach to practice
  • Assume leadership roles in partnership with clients and the health care team
  • Assume advocacy roles in partnership with clients and the health care team and challenge inequities that impact on the health of clients
  • Practice within the professional standards, guidelines, legislation and values of the nursing profession
  • Provide technologically appropriate care in a variety of contexts
  • Establish therapeutic partnerships with clients to enhance health and healing and communicate effectively in a variety of media

Essential Employability Skills

All graduates with the following Ontario College credentials, Ontario College Certificate, Ontario College Diploma and Ontario College Advanced Diploma, must be able to reliably demonstrate Essential Employability skills in the following 6 keys areas:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Information Management
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Personal
  • Numeracy

Industries of Employment:

  • Staff Nurses in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Visiting Nursing Agencies and Public Health Departments
  • Care Managers for Community Care Access Centres
  • Entrepreneurs Owning and Managing a Health Care or Nursing Care Business
  • Researchers in Nursing Care, Nurse Education and Health Care
  • Educators of Individuals, Families, Communities and Nursing Students

Occupational Categories:

  • Registered Nurse