FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS NUREF-PC Nurse Re-Entry

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Overview

  • 12-14-month Post-Graduate Certificate program
  • The program consists of 4 core courses and 1 practicum course. Additional courses are available based on the learning needs of applicants to meet entry level competencies for registered nurses in Manitoba
  • This program usually fills with Manitoba residents. Out-of-province applicants may apply to this program but will only be considered should seats be available three months prior to the program start date.
  • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete this program. If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete this program. See Program Progression Requirements for more info. 
  • All applicants must meet Admission Requirements within 30 days of applying. To prevent the cancellation of your application, do not apply until you are prepared to submit the required documentation within 30 days of applying. 
Description

The program is designed to assist nurses previously registered to return to active practice. Students in the program are Canadian educated nurses and Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN)s. The NREP is a gap training program and courses are designed to specifically address the competency and knowledge gaps to meet entry level competencies for registered nurses in Manitoba.

If you are required by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba to enhance your nursing knowledge and skills to be eligible for RN Registration in Manitoba, you may be referred to RRC Polytech as a part of the registration process. To view the next estimated start date, please click on the Location, Dates and Fees link.

If you need to upgrade your English language skills prior to starting the process, contact Red River College Polytechnic's Language Training Centre at 204-945-6151 and enquire about the Communication for Health Professions program.

Following successful completion of the program, you will receive a Post-Graduate Certificate from Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech) and will meet nursing education requirement to be eligible for RN Registration in Manitoba. 

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.

DOCUMENT SUBMISSION

Upload Through Your Future Student Account

  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.
  • Go to apply.rrc.ca and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

Offers of admission will be made in the following order based on date of application:

  1. Applicants referred by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM)
  2. Manitoba residents not referred by CRNM
  3. Canadian residents not referred by CRNM
  4. Undeclared students - max 2 courses per term (will be approved by program coordinator and based on availability) 

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Nursing Education and Experience
    • Submit the requirements listed for one of the following applicant groups:
      • CRNM Approved Applicants:
        • A letter of referral from the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM)
          or
      • Domestically Educated Applicants:
        • Proof of successful completion of a diploma or degree in Nursing from a Canadian recognized/accredited or publicly funded post-secondary institution and
        • Completion of a minimum 3600 hours of experience as an RN in the last 7 years
          or
      • Internationally Educated Applicants:
        • National Nursing Assessment Report within 1 year confirming:
          • Successful completion of a Nursing Degree
          • Registration as a Nurse (RN)
          • Completion of a minimum 3600 hours of experience as an RN in the last 7 years by submission of the Verification of RN Hours of Experience Form
          • Proof of Permanent Residency documents or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

            and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Every applicant must meet ELRs by completing an accepted English Language Assessment (ELA) as per CRNM Language Proficiency Policy AA-2 (Section 2.d)
    • We strongly advise you complete the ELA before submitting your application to ensure you meet required levels
    • Assessment results must be dated no more than two years prior to your application date
    • If you do not meet the ELRs for the Nurse Re-Entry Program, please contact RRC Polytech Language Training Centre at ltc-ircc-info@rrc.ca with Nursing and Health Sector Language Courses in the subject line

      and
  3. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
Program Progression Requirements

Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying and should be submitted after you start classes.

  • Criminal Record and Adult and Child Abuse Checks
    • This program requires students to submit current original/official versions of one or more of the following checks:
      • Adult Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (ACRVS) 
      • Provincial Child Abuse Registry Check (CAR)
      • Adult Abuse Registry Check (AAR)
    • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the program
    • If you are listed on an Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the program
    • For details on this program's requirements, when to obtain and submit the documents, review the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • These documents have expiration dates and should not be obtained prior to timeline indicated on the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents form
    • For general information on why RRC requires these checks and for links to check providers such as the Winnipeg Police, visit our Criminal Record Checks webpage
    • Submit your check documents to the RRC program contact listed on the Contact Information section of your program
      and
  • Immunizations and Testing

Who Should Enrol?

The courses in the Nurse Re-Entry Program are designed to assist nurses previously registered to return to active practice, to provide a review of current nursing theory, skills and practice standards to meet the College of Registered Nurses (CRNM) Entry Level Competencies for the Practice of Registered Nurses.

The Nurse Re-Entry Program will serve four distinct groups of students:

  • Previously registered nurses directed by a nursing regulatory body to take prescribed courses due to identified competency and knowledge gaps for the purpose of Registered Nurse license requirement.
  • Previously registered nurses directed by a nursing regulatory body to take prescribed courses due to disciplinary action for purposes of license registration requirement.
  • Previously registered nurses, IENs and Canadian educated nurses who wish to attain a college credential for the purpose of professional development. 
  • Nurses with current registration with a regulatory body who wish to take courses for the purpose of professional development.  These students are considered undeclared students who can take courses in the program without formally applying to the program.  

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Jan 03, 2023 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$4,116.001
1Fee amount is for those taking all Core courses for their credential in a one year span

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Program Outline

The Nurse Re-Entry Program consists of twelve (12) courses and one (1) Practicum course.  Students will complete the program within three (3) to four (4) academic terms depending on individual learning needs.

Courses are offered by a combination of classroom and online (blended) delivery.  Most courses will feature a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning for students. In combination, the two methods allow students to maintain connections with their instructor and classmates (synchronous) and provide flexibility (asynchronous).

Students referred to the program by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM) or Registered Nurse Regulatory body must complete all required courses with in two (2) years of the start date of courses.

Self-referred students must complete all core courses within two (2) years of the start date of your first course.

Students must complete all core courses within two (2) years of the start date of the course to receive a Nurse Re-Entry Program Post-Graduate Certificate.

Students must obtain a minimum grade of "B" in each course.

Core Courses required for the Post-Graduate Certificate

COMM -1206 Professional Communication in Nursing
NRSG – 1012 Registered Nurse Practice
NRSG – 2004 Holistic Health Assessment and Skills
NRSG – 2005 Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgement in Nursing
PRAC – 3017 Nursing Practicum

Other courses offered in the Nurse Re-Entry Program

These courses may be a requirement by the CRNM or a Registered Nurse regulatory body to meet education requirement for registration:

NRSG – 1013 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing
NRSG – 1014 Fundamentals of Maternal/Newborn Nursing
NRSG – 1015 Fundamentals of Pediatric Nursing
NRSG – 1016 Nursing Management of Acute Conditions
NRSG – 1017 Nursing Management of Chronic Conditions
NRSG – 1018 Community Health Nursing
NRSG – 1019 Fundamentals of Gerontology
NRSG – 1021 Pharmacology for Nurses

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1206Professional Communication in Nursing
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This course builds on the previous registered nurses' knowledge and experience about the essential elements of professional communication from a socio-cultural nursing perspective.  Strategies and techniques, considering socio-cultural context and unique communication needs across the lifespan, are applied.   The course also includes an overview of Canadian Indigenous people's history and culture and the residual effects of colonialism on Indigenous people. This history provides an understanding of building nurse/client communication, therapeutic relationships, and culturally sensitive care.

NRSG-1012Registered Nurse Practice
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This course builds on the knowledge and experience of previously registered nurses about nursing in the Canadian context, including a review of Canada’s health care system, the role of policy and politics in health, foundational nursing practice, and informatics that are relevant to the practice of nursing in today’s health care.  Also examined the nurse's role in meeting Indigenous Canadians' health and well-being needs.  This course will also examine the differentiation regarding regulatory bodies' roles and responsibilities, professional nursing associations, and unions in Canada and the nursing practice’s legal and ethical concepts.

NRSG-1013Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing
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This course builds on previously registered nurses' knowledge and experience about mental health nursing fundamentals in Canada.  Students will recognize the effects of mental health challenges and assess the bio-psychosocial, environmental, spiritual, cultural, and economic influences that affect those experiencing mental health issues.  Utilizing the Nursing Process approach, students will apply these concepts and theories in the assessment, planning, and strategizing nursing interventions and treatments based on the individual and family's lived experience

NRSG-1014Fundamentals of Maternal/Newborn Nursing
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This course builds on previously registered nurses' knowledge and experience about maternal/newborn nursing fundamentals in Canada. Students will focus on competency-based theory and processes inherent in maternal/newborn nursing to learn to assess and plan care for childbearing families during pregnancy, labour, delivery, and early parenthood. Students will apply health promotion principles, prevention, holistic assessment, primary health care, and the social determinants of health in their course work.

NRSG-1015Fundamentals of Pediatric Nursing
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This course builds on previously registered nurses' knowledge and experience about pediatric nursing fundamentals in Canada. The learner will apply their knowledge of pediatric clients and their families in inpatient, outpatient and community settings. Students will focus on competency-based theory and processes inherent in pediatric nursing. Assessment and planning care for children in the stages of growth and development, and their families is the focus of the course. Students will apply health promotion principles, prevention, holistic assessment, primary health care, and the social determinants of health in their course work.

NRSG-1016Nursing Management of Acute Conditions
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This course builds on previously registered nurses' knowledge and experience about nursing care of adults experiencing acute health status changes. This course will review basic theory/concepts of medical/surgical nursing, diagnostic tests and common treatments. Client-centred care, differences across the lifespan, and the effects of sudden illness or injury on individuals and their significant others are examined. The role of the nurse is examined in assisting clients and families to engage in health promotion, prevention and management of acute health conditions. Using exemplars of common acute alterations in health status, students will apply the nursing process.

NRSG-1017Nursing Management of Chronic Conditions
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This course builds on previously registered nurses' knowledge and experience about the nursing care of the adult experiencing changes in health status due to chronic illness/conditions. This course will review basic theory/concepts of medical/surgical nursing, diagnostic tests and common treatments in the management of chronic illness/condition. The effects of chronic illness on individuals and their significant others are explored. Through the use of exemplars of common chronic illness conditions, the emphasis is placed on the use of holistic nursing, and the relational role of the nurse in assisting clients and families to promote health, manage chronic health conditions and prevent complications.

NRSG-1018Community Health Nursing
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This course builds on previously registered nurses' knowledge and experience about the concepts, processes, and best practices associated with community health nursing in Canada. The course examines the determinants of health and strategies associated with health promotion, disease prevention, population health, epidemiology, environmental health, emergency preparedness and global health. This course considers the relational aspects of nursing practice within the individual, family, and community. Students will also explore the role of the community health nurse working with diverse and vulnerable populations, including clients across the life span. Emphasis is also placed on the nurse’s role in the concepts and principles of teaching and learning.

NRSG-1019Fundamentals of Gerontology
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This course builds on previously registered nurses' knowledge and experience in gerontology nursing throughout the health care system. It presents a review of the physical, social, cognitive, spiritual changes and unique health care needs of the older adult. Health promotion and disease management approach to assist the older adult in achieving wellness across the health continuum are described. Mental health, loss, grief, death and palliative care related to older adults are discussed. The focus is on assisting older adults achieve and maintain optimum health and independence for as much as is possible, given their circumstances and individual health status.

NRSG-1021Pharmacology for Nurses
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This course builds on previously registered nurses' knowledge and experience about the basic concepts and principles of pharmacology, and the nurse's role in the safe administration of drug therapies. The major classifications of drugs, encompassing best practice guidelines and medications commonly used in Canada, will be reviewed. Content focuses on drug indications, contraindications, side effects, adverse effects and interactions. Safe drug administration procedures and patient teaching are emphasized through the nursing process framework. Issues arising from prescribed and non- prescribed drug usage in contemporary society are also explored.

NRSG-2004Holistic Health Assessment and Skills
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This course builds on the nurses' knowledge and experience about nursing skills and health assessment across the lifespan. Throughout this course, students will have an opportunity to engage in the application of theoretical background and evidenced based rationale for common nursing skills and health assessment. Students will apply various assessments and skills that can be utilized in different settings, practice professional communication, and apply principles of reporting and documentation.   

Prerequisites:
NRSG-2005Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgement in Nursing
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This course builds on the knowledge and experience of previously registered nurses in relation to the application of critical thinking and clinical decision-making process in caring for patients across the lifespan.  This course will emphasize the use of case-based simulated learning.  Students will integrate and apply their knowledge of foundational nursing concepts and theories, legal and ethical principles, and evidence-based practice to enhance critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and inter/intradisciplinary collaboration.  

Prerequisites:
PRAC-3017Nursing Practicum
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320 hours; 8 - 12 weeks practicum based clinical 
This capstone practicum course provides concentrated clinical practice opportunities to build on the knowledge, theory, and skills gained from the program.  In this course, learners will gain experience, confidence, and skill that will help integrate them into today's nursing practice in Canada.  Learners will have the opportunity to consolidate and hone all their program learning.  

Prerequisites:

CO-OP/Practicum Information

The Nursing Practicum is a preceptored clinical practice. It is usually delivered in a medical or surgical setting. If possible, this will be arranged for you in your community or geographic area.

To be eligible to enroll in the PRAC-3017 Nursing Practicum, you must submit the following prior to the start of the course:
  • Evidence of BLS Provider (current within one year of attending practicum)
  • PHIA
  • Respiratory FIT Testing Card
  • WHMIS Certificate
  • Immunizations and Testing:
              o Review the Healthcare Program Immunizations information
              o If you have questions about this requirement contact Health Services
              o Submit your completed RRC Healthcare Program Questionnaire to RRC's Health Services

  • You must also submit Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS), Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) and Adult Abuse Registry Check (AARC) check documents at least eight weeks before the start date of your Nursing Practice. You must submit original documents.
  • You may be required to complete online modules from the Shared Health Learning Management System

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduation Requirements

You must successfully complete your program within 24-months (2-years) from the start of the first course of the program unless otherwise stated in the program outline. You must obtain a minimum grade of 70% (B) in each course to be successful in this program. Upon successful completion of the required courses and clinical practicum, students will be eligible to graduate with a Nurse Re-Entry Program Post Graduate Certificate.

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. For complete details and forms, see rrc.ca/convocation

Questions about graduation? Please call 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 for assistance.

Graduation with Honours

If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program, you will graduate with honours. If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.

Contact Information

If you are interested in taking courses in Communication for Health Professions, contact the College's Language Training Centre at 204-945-6151. 

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

If you are interested in getting a letter of referral from the CRNM to identify specific courses needed to qualify for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure, contact:

College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba Registration Services
Phone: 204-774-3477
Toll free (Manitoba only): 1-800-665-2027 ext. 181
Fax: 204-775-7117

If you have program specific questions you can contact:

Richel Roque BN, M.Ed., RN
Coordinator, Nursing Certificates and Professional Development
School of Health Sciences and Community Services
Red River College Polytechnic
C620 - 2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9
Phone:  204-632-2502
E-mail:  riroque@rrc.ca

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