RN Bridging/Re-entry Program


The full program includes 9 core courses. Individual referrals may vary.

  • Full Program: 10 months
  • Specialty Courses: Offered in addition to core courses

See Plan of Study details for more information.


  • Independent, online learning with live classroom sessions
  • In-person labs and simulation sessions
  • Clinical placement

See  Course Details  for more information.


  • Summer 2024: June 17, 2024–April 25, 2025
  • Fall 2024: September 23, 2024–July 11, 2025
  • Winter 2025: January 27, 2025–November 14, 2025
  • Spring 2025: May 26, 2025–March 20, 2026

See Plan of Study details for more information about program structure.

Registration Deadlines

  • Summer 2024: May 6, 2024
  • Fall 2024: August 12, 2024
  • Winter 2025: December 16, 2024
  • Spring 2025: April 14, 2025

New: Employment and Sponsorship

Nova Scotia Health is offering a stream of sponsorship for RN Bridging/Re-Entry that includes employment. If you are interested in learning more, please complete the Nova Scotia International Community of Healthcare Workers Engagement Survey. Learn more about support for Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals at Nova Scotia Health.


The RN Bridging/Re-Entry Program is an entry-level educational program designed to review current nursing practice. The program is offered to people who have been educated as nurses who want to:

  • Re-enter nursing practice by ensuring currency in knowledge and skills
  • Begin nursing practice in Canada after nursing in another country
  • Meet licensure requirements by completing courses as identified by regulatory body

If you were educated in nursing outside of Canada, this program can help smooth your transition through comprehensive education on Canadian nursing practice and help prepare you for success in taking the NCLEX-RN exam. The program identifies the differences between previous nursing experience and Canadian nursing practice and helps to meet the educational and practical gaps by focusing on the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected in Canada.

If you were educated in Canada, and referred by the provincial regulator, this program can help prepare you for success in re-entering the practice environment.


  • Demonstrated proof of residency for Nova Scotia

Proof of Residency

After we receive your application, we will need proof of residency. You will need to provide one of the following:

  • Photo ID issued by provincial government
  • Government-issued health card
  • Residential lease/property deed to a residence or property in Nova Scotia
  • Utility bill with your name and address
  • Letter from provincial government/court (marriage license, divorce, government aid)
  • Provincial driver’s license/learner’s permit


Full program (9 courses):

  • Tuition: approximately $3,550
  • Textbooks: approximately $550

Individual program costs might vary depending on how many courses you are referred for by the regulator. See Course Details for costs for each course.

Some other costs to consider include:

  • Transportation and accommodation (if required) for multi-day on-site learning activities and clinical experiences.
  • Parking costs vary at sites across the province. There may be a fee to park on site at Nova Scotia Health facilities.
  • Immunizations and health screening for clinical courses may have a cost if you do not have medical coverage.
  • Clinical courses and placements require appropriate nursing uniforms and footwear. For unsponsored learners, clinical courses are unpaid and the program workload duing the Clinical Course: Medical Surgical is full time. It is recommended that you do not work at external jobs during this course.
  • Meals are not included in any program activities.

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The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.