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.

Nova Scotia Program Schedule

Fall Intake

Core Courses

  • Professional Nursing: September 1, 2022–November 14, 2022
  • Professional Communication: September 1, 2022–November 9, 2022
  • Health Assessment: November 16, 2022–February 8, 2023
  • Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions I: November 16, 2022–February 10, 2023
  • Pharmacology: February 21, 2023–April 14, 2023
  • Medication Administration: February 21, 2023–April 5, 2023
  • Clinical Nursing Skills: April 24, 2023–June 28, 2023
  • Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions II: April 24, 2023–June 23, 2023
  • Clinical Course: Medical-Surgical: July–October 2023

Specialty Courses

Full program learners must choose 1 of the following:

  • Child Health: July–October 2023
  • Maternal-Infant Health: July–October 2023
  • Psychiatric Mental Health: July–October 2023

Winter Intake

Core Courses

  • Professional Nursing: January 3, 2023–March 14, 2023
  • Professional Communication: January 3, 2023–March 7, 2023
  • Health Assessment: March 20, 2023–June 2, 2023
  • Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions I: March 20, 2023–June 2, 2023
  • Pharmacology: June 5, 2023–July 28, 2023
  • Medication Administration: June 5, 2023–July 24, 2023
  • Clinical Nursing Skills: August 8, 2023–October 6, 2023
  • Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions II: August 8, 2023–October 6, 2023
  • Clinical Course: Medical-Surgical: October 2023–February 2024

Specialty Courses

Full program learners must choose 1 of the following:

  • Child Health: October 2023–February 2024
  • Maternal-Infant Health: October 2023–February 2024
  • Psychiatric Mental Health: October 2023–February 2024

Prince Edward Island Program Schedule

Winter Intake

Core Courses

  • Professional Nursing: January 5, 2022–March 11, 2022
  • Professional Communication: January 6, 2022–March 1, 2022
  • Health Assessment: March 21, 2022–June 10, 2022
  • Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions I: March 21, 2022–June 3, 2022
  • Pharmacology: June 13, 2022–August 2, 2022
  • Medication Administration: June 13, 2022–August 2, 2022
  • Clinical Nursing Skills: August 8, 2022–September 23, 2022
  • Changes in Health and Therapeutic Interventions II: August 8, 2022–October 3, 2022
  • Clinical Course: Medical-Surgical: July–October 2022

Specialty Courses

Full program learners must choose 1 of the following:

  • Child Health: October–December 2022
  • Maternal-Infant Health: October–December 2022
  • Psychiatric Mental Health: October–December 2022

Learning Outcomes

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

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.