Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice

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This Vancouver campus program guides internationally trained nurses through the Canadian nursing certification process, leading to employment anywhere in Canada.

This program gives Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) the opportunity to integrate their learning concepts and experiences into the Canadian healthcare environment.

A hands-on approach will guide students through understanding not just Canadian healthcare, but the steps and tools needed to complete and pass the examinations required to become a certified Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Canada.

Program Options

You can choose to take a certificate with or without paid co-op work experience.

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice – 45 weeks of instruction
    Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice with Co-op – 81 weeks of instruction including 36 weeks of Co-op

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice – 45 weeks of instruction / 81 weeks with Co-Op

  • Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN)
  • Professional Practice
  • Professional Communication
  • Physical Examination
  • Pharmacology
  • Maternal, Newborn, & Pediatrics
  • Variations in Health
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing Preparation Review


Why you should enroll with Sterling College:

  1. Developed by professional Canadian nurses who are experts in the nursing certification process.
  2. Taught by industry professionals who have gone through the Canadian certification process themselves.
  3. Guaranteed Co-op job placements in Canada.
  4. Step-by-step, hands-on approach to assist students from English certification to final exam success.
  5. Eligibility to start the process for Canadian Permanent Residency.
  6. Live and work in Canada!


You’ll be taught by someone who knows exactly what the process is like to get certified in Canada – because she’s done it herself. Meet Jackie:


With over 12 years of professional teaching experience around the world, including the Middle East, the Philippines, and Canada, Jackie is known for her balance of stringency and kindness, which leads to extremely high success rates for her nursing students. Jackie is not just a Registered Nurse in Canada with a current practicing license and lots of ICU experience. She is also TESOL and IDP certified, and a certified First Aid instructor. Jackie takes a hands-on approach with each of our internationally educated nurses to expertly prepare them for their assessments and examinations to become recognized as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Canada.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum score of 5.5 on IELTS (academic or general)
  • Valid RN registration from your home country (proof of registration will be required)
  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • Standard First Aid and CPR C
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Negative TB Skin Test or Chest X-Ray
  • Mask Fit Testing and immunizations as required by Co-Op Placement Site

Tuition and Fees

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice

Domestic Students: $12,961
International Students: $16,061

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice + Co-Op

Domestic Students: $14,961
International Students: $18,061

*Fees include a now-reduced $100 registration fee for domestic students.

**Fees include a now-reduced $200 registration fee for international students.

***Application fee is $500 for students originating in India due to visa processing requirements.

How to Apply

If you would like to begin the application process, or have questions about the program you can:

  • Call our campus toll free at 1-877-731-9810
  • Complete our Request for Information Form and we will send you our nursing application forms with instructions:

How to Pay

Student Payments

How to Pay with Fly Wire

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