Plan of Study

RN Bridging/Re-Entry Program

For most learners, the full Bridging/Re-Entry Program includes 9 core courses. 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.

For unsponsored learners, the first 26 weeks of the program is equivalent to studying 3 days per week. 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. After week 26, or the start of the Medical Surgical Clinical course, the program requirements are equivalent to a full-time workload.

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

  • Child Health Nursing
  • Perinatal Nursing
  • Mental Health and Addictions Nursing

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.