Acute Complex Care for Internationally Educated Nurses
Build on your internationally-acquired skills to prepare for a nursing career in Ontario. Learn acute complex care through classes, labs and clinical placements.

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work integrated learning
2 Clinical Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Orangeville

Program description

This program is designed to assist Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) in developing themselves further as a nurse practicing in acute complex care and prepare them with the clinical skills to work in an acute complex care setting in Ontario. Emphasis is placed on the application and evaluation of advanced theories and practice in acute primary care, and guidance of others as part of the health care team. Students gain advanced theoretical and experiential knowledge in pharmacology, health assessment and emergency nursing through classroom instruction, simulation labs and practicum placements.

In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find employment opportunities in acute primary care settings within general hospitals, special hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the aged, clinics or community health services.

Admission information

Admission requirements

  • post-secondary degree in nursing from an accredited nursing education program;
  • current registration with the nursing regulatory body in their home province/state and or county; (i.e. letter, membership card, etc.); and
  • applicants must submit a current letter from an employer’s human resource department verifying employment as a nurse.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Admission details

Students must have up-to-date immunization records in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Students must also have a valid mask fit test and Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid. Students are to use the Clinical Preparedness Permit to document completion of these clinical requirements.

Completion and submission of this permit is required in order to ensure placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

Students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation to the placement site.

This program will prepare the IENs to work within scope of practice for Registered Nurses according to the Standards of Practice of the College of Nurses of Ontario in an acute primary care setting that may include hospitals and urgent care settings.


Program-specific Courses

  • RNRS 1067 - Advanced Health Assessment
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • RNRS 1068 - Acute Complex Nursing Care in Canada
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • RNRS 1069 - Advanced Pharmacology
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RNRS 1071 - Advanced Development of Self
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RNRS 1070 - Acute Complex Care Skills Lab
    (Semester 1 / 96 hours)
  • RNRS 1026 - Emergency Nursing 1
    (Semester 2 / 70 hours)
  • RNRS 1027 - Emergency Nursing 2
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • RNRS 1028 - Emergency Nursing 3
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RNRS 1072 - Nursing Examination Preparation
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • RNRS 1074 - Advanced Clinical Practice
    (Semester 2 / 96 hours)

Communications courses

  • COMG 1000 - Communications for the Healthcare Professional
    (Semester 1)