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Post-Graduate Certificate For Internationally Educated Nurses with Co-op

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The Post-Graduate Certificate for Internationally Educated Nurses (PGCIEN) with Co-op program is a preparatory program that prepares internationally educated nurses (IENs) for eligibility and application for nurse licensure and nursing practise positions. This program will set you up for success with the confidence and skills to ensure you are ready for the process and will enable you to work as a competent nurse in Canada.


What is an LPN?


Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are among the second-largest nursing group in Canada. LPNs combine healthcare knowledge, skills, and judgement to treat a variety of health conditions, prevent illnesses, and assist patients in achieving optimal levels of health and wellness.


As a valued member of the healthcare team, LPNs are primarily responsible for frontline healthcare delivery in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. Under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses, LPNs are able to provide patient assessment and care, including the administration of medications, preparation and assistance for surgeries, education on nutrition and self-care, and health promotion.

What is an RN?

Registered Nurses (RNs) provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs, and provide consultative services regarding nursing practice issues. A career as an RN offer career stability in a fulfilling job.

RNs can be employed in a variety of settings, including home care, hospitals, nursing home clinic, doctor's offices, extended care facility and public and private organizations.

Practical Nursing Training in BC


Vancouver Career College’s Post-Graduate Certificate for Internationally Educated Nurses with Co-op introduces extensive knowledge and skills from the nursing and related disciplines to meet clients' complex health needs in Canada's constantly evolving practice environments. Students will participate in the analysis, development, implementation, and evaluation of practice and policy that guides care delivery. In addition to being able to exercise professional judgement when using organizational policies and procedures. 



Industry-Standard Training


Students who graduate from Vancouver Career College’s Post-Graduate Certificate for Internationally Educated Nurses become eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to develop the knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary and work as a competent nurse in Canada. 


Academic Requirements for Admissions:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing (evidenced by an official transcript)
  • Proof of license as an RN in the country of origin (or in any other country if applicable)
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no score lower than 5.5, or equivalent standardized external assessment


Administrative Requirements for Admissions:

  • Resume with emphasis on nursing work experience
  • Interview with the program coordinator or a designee


This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.


This program is 67 weeks in length.
  • Acute Care Hospitals     
  • Long-Term Care Settings     
  • Group Homes     
  • Public Schools     
  • Alzheimer Units     
  • Home Care

Hear from Practical Nursing grads

With smaller class sizes, Vancouver Career College students get more one-on-one instruction.


Program Courses
PGC-ORIENT / School and Program Orientation

This session welcomes you to the college, introduces you to your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff, reviews the policies and procedures related to your studies, and prepares the student for their learning experience.

PGC-FND / Foundation of Canadian Nursing Practice

This course will introduce the Canadian health care system and explore specific health and cultural issue to address the needs of the increasingly diverse patients and resident population. The course content includes health promotion and disease prevention, Canadian health system standard policies and protocols, nutritional concepts, complementary therapies and alternative therapies.

PGC-CCP / Concepts of Clinical Practice

This course will enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to patient care situations with critical nursing skills to recognize and resolve patient care problems and use of the nursing process to design therapeutic nursing interventions and evaluate their effectiveness. This course content includes asepsis and infection control, admission, transfer and discharge, safety, body mechanic and patient mobility, and surgical wound dressing.

PGC-PNC / Professional Nursing Communication

This course provides interrelated aspects of communication to help IENs develop effective communication skills with their patients, members of the community and other health professionals. This course content includes therapeutic nursing techniques for communication, communication strategies, verbal and non-verbal communication.

PGC-PNP / Professional Nursing Practice

This course provides information about legal and ethical boundaries of nursing practice ethics and guidelines for documentation, privacy and maintaining confidentiality. Course content includes evidence based practice/research, leadership, management, and interdisciplinary practice, team leadership and followership management, delegation, resource management, legal/ethical, advocacy, and regulatory frameworks.

PGC-PHARM / Pharmacology

This course focuses on the basic drug classification, concepts and principles of pharmacology with special consideration for the nursing role in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy with the nursing process. Nursing implications relative to the utilization of drug therapy. Dosage calculations are assessed for competency. The course content includes an introduction to general principles in pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics principles. Drug distribution, nursing consideration and principle for medication administration and the mechanisms of action, uses and side effects of drugs affecting the body systems.

PGC-MSN / Medical Surgical Nursing

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process to care of an adult patient experiencing various medical-surgical conditions. It facilitates students’ learning about disease processes, body systems and nursing care associated with it. The course content includes a review of all system disease conditions, nursing assessment and nursing care plan.

PGC-MAT / Maternity

This course focuses on the role of the nurse in meeting the physiological, psychosocial, cultural and developmental needs of the maternal or child client. The course content includes health promotion and pregnancy, care of mother and newborn, and care of high-risk mothers and families with special needs.

PGC-PED / Pediatrics

This course focuses on the assessment and planning care for children in all stages of growth and development. The course content includes basic concepts of care of a child with physical, mental and/or cognitive disorders, principles and characteristics of growth and development and care of those who are acutely and chronically ill, stressing both preventive and restorative interventions.

PGC-GER / Gerontology

This course will enable students to apply knowledge and theories of ageing: biological, psychological, and social types of dementia. The course content includes historical and current ageing trends in Canada, social support, abuse and neglect in seniors, Government legislation and mental and physical health for seniors

PGC-MHN / Mental Health Nursing

This course will enable students to apply theory, concepts, and skills related to mental health nursing while functioning as a member of the nursing profession, provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, and member of the healthcare team in a variety of inpatient and community settings. This course content includes concepts of mental health, care of the patient with psychiatric disorders, addictions and abuse.

PGC-CLP / Clinical Placement

This course enables the student to acquire experience in the Canadian health care setting. This course provides students to have direct exposure in the selected area under supervision.

PGC-PREP1 / Examination Strategies

This module prepares students for their licensure examination. The course content includes a review of the basic concepts of nursing across the lifespan. The students will learn and run through various test-taking strategies, perform critical thinking exercises and practice multiple self-assessment exams.

PGC-PREP2 / Nursing Simulation

This module provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate theoretical knowledge into various clinical situations. The course content includes basic Canadian nursing skills, safety techniques, clinical decision-making skills and scenario-based simulations.

PGC-PREP3 / Professional Development

This module prepares students for interviews and work placement. The course content includes a review of standards, interview preparation, safe and effective workplace practice, work ethics, and cultural awareness.


A co-operative (co-op) placement is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the academic component of the program into relevant work experience. During the co-op, students will be considered employees who are actively engaged in productive work for the duration of the co-op session. The co-op experience will provide students with coaching and mentoring, work-site monitoring and employer evaluations. This workplace exposure will benefit the students by providing a deeper real-time insight to the current trends in the industry, allowing them to explore their different career opportunities, and observe professionals in practical work situations. Students will continue to strengthen their experience by acquiring situation-specific skills and identifying areas that may need to be developed further. The institution will monitor both the student and the employer throughout the co-op session to ensure that the experience is beneficial to all stakeholders. At the conclusion of the co-op, a written evaluation of the student’s performance will be completed.

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