Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Return to Registered Nurse Practice Certificate

Are you interested in returning to nursing in British Columbia? The Return to Registered Nurse Practice Certificate provides you with a flexible way to renew your credentials.

This program can be completed in one to three years through online coursework and a four-day in-person laboratory workshop taught on the TRU campus in Kamloops, BC.

If you are an internationally educated nurse with the appropriate authorization, this program can provide you the education you need to work in BC.


As a newly licensed nurse in BC, you can work in a variety of traditional health-care settings from hospital and home to long-term and community health-care. Or you can investigate alternative areas including forensic or legal nursing, infection control, public policy advising, pharmaceutical or medical supply research and sales.

 Calendar Description

This certificate program is designed to provide educational access to non-practising nurses and support their re-entry into professional practice.

Program candidates include:

  • Canadian-educated individuals required by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) to complete courses or a program of study in order to gain re-instatement of licensure or initial registration in BC
  • Internationally educated nurses (IEN) who have previously been registered by a Canadian provincial regulatory authority or International regulatory authority and are required by the CRNBC to complete courses or a program of study in order to gain reinstatement of licensure or initial registration in BC.

If you are not sure you qualify for this program, please email for an information package.

The courses (theoretical, laboratory and practice) are intended to reacquaint participants with the substantive knowledge, values and skills to support nursing practice decisions and actions within the context of an evolving Canadian health care system. In addition, the courses aim to inspire and support professional growth, which is integral to the maintenance of continuing competency.

The essential supplies and skills required to complete the program include: the ability to participate in university-level courses; regular access to a computer; and the ability to engage in online learning using a learning management system. The lab and practicum courses require appropriate nursing attire and access to a stethoscope.

The first three courses are delivered in a paced cohort model with course offerings in fall, winter and spring terms to allow for completion of the certificate in one to three years. Students may begin the program at any term they choose once their program application has been approved.

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

The following admission documentation must be submitted to TRU-OL Admissions:

  • CRNBC Assessment Letter: An email message or copy of the CRNBC Assessment of Application letter for applicants seeking initial registration with CRNBC and those applying for CRNBC reinstatement. This letter specifies the supplementary education that is required.
  • Transcript(s): Official transcripts from nursing program(s) completed must be sent directly from the educational institution or from CRNBC.
  • A Request for Canadian Employment and Role Verification form (PDF, 121 KB): IENs must submit evidence of RN employment prior to coming to Canada in addition to evidence of current employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in a care facility or hospital in the Canadian health care system.
  • A Requisite Skills and Abilities form (PDF, 70 KB): Submit the signed form, indicating the CRNBC brochure was read and understood.
  • Assessment interview: Following the submission of the application and all admission requirements, the program coordinator will contact the applicant and complete an assessment interview to determine approval for program admission.

Further, students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Admission Process

Applications will be reviewed and considered after all admission requirement documentation for the program has been received. Please note that applying to the program does not guarantee admission, as program suitability is assessed on an individual basis.

Complete forms and submit all the required documentation to TRU-OL Admissions. The processing of applications is expedited when all required documents are submitted at the same time and within four to six weeks of the course start date.

Applicants are advised of their eligibility for admission and informed of course dates and registration procedures as soon as documents are received, admission requirements are satisfied and the program has adequate space.

Additional Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check.
  • Up-to-date immunization records;
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training
  • Practice Placement Request form
  • Resume
  • Current CPR Level C or CPR-HCP (Health Care Provider) training

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 8 TRU credits (distance or on-campus); specifically: NURS 3641, 3643 and 3651

The lab course NURS 3643 must be completed before the practicum course NURS 3651.

Certificate Requirements (17 credits)

  • Certificate completion within three years of initial course enrolment
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.33 or higher over all courses required for the credential, as follows:
  • An additional 3 credits may be required.

Potential candidates are assessed on an individual basis by the School of Nursing advisor.

This program was developed for Registered Nurses (RNs) with prior Canadian work experience and may not be suitable for all IENs. Prior to program admission, IEN candidates may be required to complete additional coursework or individualized prerequisites, such as working in the Canadian health care system.

Courses with practicum activities are typically held in BC and the Yukon. Applicants residing outside BC who want to complete the program may participate at practicum sites in BC or in another province if appropriate arrangements can be made. Punctual attendance and active participation is required. Students are responsible for all costs associated with labs and practice activities. Lab and practicum activities may be limited by geographic location, time of year, space and enrolment. Practicum placements cannot be guaranteed in the student's home region.

Students are responsible for consulting with their program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.

Students enrolled in this certificate program are not eligible for full- or part-time loans or grants from StudentAid BC or any other provincial loan offices, as the program cannot be completed on a full-time basis from start to finish.

Applicants requiring individual courses only should contact Student Services for more information.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Email Student Services for more information.