Plan of Study

Part-time RN Bridging/Re-Entry Program

For most learners, the full Bridging/Re-Entry Program includes 9 core courses and 1 specialty course. Depending on your referral, you may need to enroll in between 1 and 12 courses. Details about which courses you need to take will be provided by the regulator when you get your referral information.

The program is part time, and you can work in an external job while you study. While we recognize that some learners need to work full time to meet visa requirements, if possible we recommend working part time to better support your learning in the program. Learners working full time often find it challenging to schedule lab and clinical activities as required.

See the Course Details page for more information about each course, including tuition costs and textbook requirements.

Program Schedule

Core Courses

  • Professional Nursing
  • Professional Communication
  • Health Assessment
  • Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions I
  • Pharmacology
  • Medication Administration
  • Clinical Nursing Skills
  • Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions II
  • Clinical Course: Medical-Surgical

Specialty Courses

Full program learners must choose 1 of the following:

  • Child Health
  • Maternal-Infant Health
  • Psychiatric Mental Health

Learning Outcomes

The program prepares learners to meet entry-level nursing competencies as outlined by the Nova Scotia College of Nursing.

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.