Ready to Launch, Registered Nurse Preparation Courses for Domestic and Internationally Educated Nurses
October 24, 2023

In response to the growing demand for trained nursing professionals, Portage College is proud to announce the launch of the Internationally Educated Nurse Bridging Expansion Program where a variety of Registered Nurse (RN) Preparation Courses are offered for both domestic and internationally educated nurses. These courses are made available through a grant from the Alberta Ministry of Education and were created in partnership with Northwestern Polytechnic, Bow Valley and Keyano College.

The courses are designed to equip nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to challenge NCLEX, the national RN exam, and to excel in the healthcare industry, regardless of their educational background.

"I am excited to see the launch of this unique program at Portage College for it opens a door not only to internationally educated nurses who want to resume their healthcare professionalism in Alberta, and in Canada, but also to anyone trained as a domestic nurse who wants to work as a Registered Nurse. This unique program also helps address the shortage of healthcare professionals in our local communities in Northern Alberta,” says Dr. Shun Li, Dean of Health and Wellness at Portage College.

Nurses can choose to further develop their skills in a variety of subjects, from Preparing for the NCLEX: A Guide for Internationally Educated Nurses, which is the first one of eight courses in total available, to Pharmacology, Maternity Care, Indigenous Health, Jurisprudence, and so on. Portage College is committed to empowering nurses with the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best patient care. The RN preparation courses for domestic and internationally educated nurses are a testament to the dedication to the healthcare community.

For more information, please visit or contact or call 1-888-745-0719

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We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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