Professional Integration into Nursing in Quebec for Internationally-Educated Nurses



For further program information, please call:
514 457-6610 X-5013 or email:



This program is designed to allow Internationally-educated nurses who wish to become licensed in Québec to complete the Consolidation of Nursing Skills or Professional Integration stage required by the “Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec” (OIIQ). This program also prepares the students for the Professional Licensing Examination set by the OIIQ that will allow them to practice nursing in Quebec in the capacity of Registered Nurses (RN).   In addition, the program offers an introduction to Quebec’s culture, nursing and health care practices in a context that can be significantly different from their country of origin.

This is a FULL-TIME TUITION-FREE program funded by the “Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche, de la science et de la technologie” providing you have established your Canadian & Quebec residency status.



The health care sector is actively searching for qualified candidates; job prospects are excellent. Graduates of the Nursing program work in many health care settings, such as acute or chronic care hospitals, rehabilitation centres, clinics and more…

Graduates of the program are expected to have the knowledge and abilities to practice nursing in a rapidly changing health care system, in a manner which is professional, caring, clinically competent and ethically and legally grounded. They will function as collaborative members of the health care team, in accordance with the Québec Nurses’ Act. All graduates must pass the Order of Nurses of Québec (OIIQ) licensing exam and meet the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) requirements to practice in Québec.

& Schedule

FULL-TIME Program – “Attestation d’Études Collégiales” (AEC)

  • 3 cohorts (January, March and July)
  • Duration of program:  23- 25 weeks (615 hours)
    • Classes and clinical assignments take place Monday through Friday mostly during the day
  • 36 days of stage
    • Students will participate in stages in clinical settings throughout the Montreal region (days/and or evenings)
  • March cohort held over 2 semesters (winter and summer)
  • Consists of 4 credit courses:

    Course Number

     Course Title



    Transition to Nursing in Quebec



    Transition to Nursing in Quebec



     Health & Illness I



    Health & Illness II




Additional courses available (as required by O.I.I.Q. – formation complémentaire)
Note: these courses are only available once you have completed the Transition to Nursing in Quebec for Internationally-Educated Nurses.

  • Gerontology – to intervene with adults and elderly clients experiencing loss of autonomy – offered in the winter semester
  • Psychiatry – to intervene with clients requiring mental health nursing care – offered in the winter semester
  • Obstetrics – to intervene with clients requiring nursing care in a perinatal setting – offered in the fall semester
  • Pediatrics – to intervene with children and adolescents requiring nursing care – offered in the summer semester

Requirements & Fees


  • Hold a nursing diploma from your native country
  • Have a Canadian or Permanent Resident status
  • Hold the decision letter rendered by the “Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec” (OIIQ) Equilavence Committee
  • Hold a comparative evaluation of studies done outside of Quebec issued by “le ministère de l’immigration et des Communautés culturelles” (MICC)
  • Mandatory attendance at an Information Session
  • Mandatory English Language Aptitude Testing
    • ICELBAN (no other results of tests (IELTS or other) will be accepted)
    • Good knowledge of the English language is required:  reading, writing, effective communication skills, understanding, speaking, etc.
  • Mandatory Math for Medications Aptitude testing
  • Priority will be given to candidates that have completed their francisation and or OQLF
  • Recommended:
    • Good working knowledge of computer use, Word, PowerPoint, web search, email, etc.

Math for Meds & I-CELBAN Language Aptitude Testing (non-refundable) $75.00
Application (non-refundable) $30.00
Registration (per semester – based on full-time/QC residency status) $117.00
Books & Materials $900.00
Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) Registration $224.20


(these documents are NOT required for the application – they will only be needed if you are accepted to the program)

The Québec Ministry of Social Affairs has stated that all students registered in Career Programs requiring field work in hospitals must be properly immunized for certain communicable diseases.  Student must show proof of proper immunization.


  • Contact your physician and your CLSC immediately to make an appointment; the above documents are both mandatory for the clinical part of the program and the process will take more than one visit before being completed.
  • NO wait list available when a program is full. 



    • STEP 1 – ATTEND Mandatory Information Session
      •  Registration is done online through our website – refer to “Information Session” tab
    • STEP 2 – ICELBAN English Language Testing (Listening, Writing & Reading Comprehension) and Math for Medications testing
      • Registration is done online and by email invitation ONLY to:
        • Candidates that have attended an information session
        • Candidates that have a Canadian or Permanent Resident status
        • Candidates that hold the decision rendered by the “Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec” (OIIQ) Equilavence Committee
        • Priority will be given to candidates that have completed their francisation and/or OQLF: (NEW)
        • Candidates who would like to re-test – ICELBAN Language test and/or Math for Medications test
          • Previous testing date must be 6 months prior to the next testing date
        • Next testing date:  to be confirmed
    • STEP 3 – ICELBAN Speaking Test / Interview
      • Based on the results of the ICELBAN English Language testing (Listening, Writing & Reading Comprehension), candidates will be invited for an interview with the Program Coordinator to complete the Speaking test component of the ICELBAN Language test.  The 30 minute interview will be conducted in English and French

For further program information, please call:
514 457-6610 X-5013  or email:


Information Session:  Tuesday August 13, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location:  P-204 (Penfield building)
 Campus Map
Next Cohort:  July 2020

NOTE:  If you have not received your Decision Letter from the OIIQ yet or if you have not received your Permanent Resident card/Canadian Citizenship card yet –YOU CAN attend the  information session


All candidates that register for the Information Session receive a message on their screen (once they have submitted their information) that confirms their registration and advises that they will be contacted by the Nursing Department, by email, 2 days before the Information Session date.

Language Testing

ICELBAN (Institutional Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses) is an assessment tool designed to assess the English language proficiency of internationally educated nurses (IENs) who wish to follow the Transition to Nursing in Quebec for Internationally-Educated Nurses program.  We use it to ensure that all applicants can communicate effectively & safely in the clinical setting as soon as you enter the program. This is a hospital language requirement.

 ICELBAN Language Testing consists of the following:

  • Listening Test
  • Writing Test
  • Reading Comprehension Test
  • Speaking Test

For more information on the CELBAN follow the links below:

TESTING at John Abbott College will include the following (no electronic devices or dictionary allowed):

    All eligible candidates will be invited by email, by the Nursing Office, to register for the testing day

    1. ICELBAN Language Aptitude Test:
      • Listening, Writing and  Reading Comprehension (approximately 3 hrs)
    2. Math for Medications Aptitude Test ( 1 hour)
    3. ICELBAN Speaking Test:
      • Will be scheduled several weeks after the testing day, candidates will be contacted by email
      • Candidates with the highest results from the ICELBAN Language and Math for Medications Aptitude testing will be invited for an interview with the Program Coordinator
      • Priority will be given to candidates that have completed their francisation and/or OQLF
      • Approximately 30 minutes per interview
      • Interview will be conducted in English & French


Math for



Canadian Culture
& Communication


Practice listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as important strategies that enhance effective communication.

  • FREE for Internationally Educated Nurses
  • Develop English skills needed to communicate with patients and colleagues
  • CELBAN Preparation
  • Interactive Online Learning
  • 4-12 week Modules
  • Canadian Health Care Webinars … and more!

For more information:


The Hospital Elder Life Program (H.E.L.P.) Volunteer Program of the Jewish General Hospital

The Jewish General Hospital is inviting candidates to be H.E.L.P. volunteers.  This opportunity allows volunteers to be directly involved with the patient’s care plan and to work in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.

Required Qualities:

  • Reliability and capacity of attention to seniors;
  • Good judgement and maturity;
  • Discretion, empathy and diplomacy;
  • Ability to work independantly;
  • Capacity to work within a hospital team (e.g. nurses, Elder life specialist, etc.)
  • Bilingual (English/french) required;
  • Knowledge of a third language, an asset.

Others requirements

  • Pass the selection interview ;
  • Two references from teachers;
  • Pass the criminal background check process ;
  • Perform the theoretical and practical training provided by the hospital.