Registered Nurse Refresher - 069

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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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.

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. Upon completion of all required courses you will receive a certificate.

  • Receive a recognized Ontario College Certificate
  • Meet CNO's evidence of practice requirement
  • Employment ready
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 221
1400 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 1C7
Email: bien [at] (BIEN)

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

This program of study applies to students starting Fall 2016.

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
Equivalents: CLIN10027
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 and CLIN10077 and NRSG10089 and CLIN10030 and COMM10099 and NRSG10016 and COMPCO291 and NRSG10018 and NRSG10019 and NRSG10020 and NRSG10027
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 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
  • 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