Refresher Program for Registered Nurses


Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the July 2020 cohort has been postponed until further notice

For further program information, please email:


A full-time day program designed to prepare you for a RETURN TO NURSING after four (4) years or more out of the workplace.


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”


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)

  • 1 cohort – July
  • Duration of program:  23- 25 weeks (510 hours)
    • Classes and clinical assignments take place Monday through Friday mostly during the day
      • Theory – 150 hrs
      • Lab – 75 hrs
      • Stage – 285 hrs (38 days)
        • Students will participate in stages in clinical settings throughout the Montreal region (days/and or evenings)

Consists of 4 credit courses integrated with internationally educated nurses program:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Health and Illness I
  • Health and Illness II
  • Continuum of Care

& Fees


  • be a nursing graduate
  • hold a valid eligibility certificate from the “Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec” (OIIQ)
  • have been away from nursing for four (4) years or more
  • have a working knowledge of French
  • Mandatory attendance at an information session

When applying: –  Use this checklist to ensure that you have included all the necessary documents – please click here.

$  30.00 Application fee (non-refundable)
$ 117.00 Registration fees (per semester – based on full-time/QC residency status)

For further program information, please email:

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

The Québec Ministry of Social Affairs has stated that all students within 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. 


NOTE:  This information session is for nurses licensed in Quebec who have been out of the workplace for four (4) years or more.

NEXT  Refresher Program
for Registered Nurses licensed in Québec:
July 2020 – postponed until further notice due to COVID-19
Information Session: end of May (date to be confirmed) – 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Registration: If you are interested in attending the mandatory information session, please contact and provide the following:

  1. First Name, Last Name
  2. Contact Number:  Home phone number and /or cell phone number
  3. OIIQ license number
Location: Anne-Marie Edwards Health Science building – Room AME-606
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All candidates interested in attending the information session will be contacted by the Nursing Department, by email, two (2 ) days prior to the information session date.