Learn More (FAQs) For Nursing Review Program

17 January 2024

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1. Can I work while studying with OPTIONTRAIN?

Yes. OPTIONTRAIN College is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) under the International Student Program (ISP) approved by the Canadian government. International students enrolled in our Canadian Nursing Review Program for IENs can work part-time up to 20 hours per week during studies and up to 40 hours per week during academic breaks without a work permit. If the government changes any rules, we will inform our students.

2. Can I bring my partner/spouse/children with me?

In the past, students have been able to bring their families. However, it should be noted that not all IENs are automatically eligible to do so. In some circumstances, it may be recommended for IENs to come to Canada on their own and bring their families permanently when the time is right. We recommend that IENs consult with a licensed immigration consultant.

3. Where is OPTIONTRAIN College Located?

OPTIONTRAIN's campus is located in Toronto, Ontario. It is a vibrant and diverse community suburb of Toronto with a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, as well as easy access to transportation and healthcare, and offers a high quality of life for its residents. The area is known for its beautiful parks and diverse neighborhoods that offer something for everyone. We are in the process of opening one more campus for OptionTrain College at Mississauga, Ontario.

"Charting Success in Healthcare: Your Journey Begins with the Nursing Review Program at OptionTrain college."

4. What happens if my visa gets refused?

Nursing review program visas for IENs typically have a significantly high approval rate. Nevertheless, if a visa is denied, we urge all applicants to carefully review the Refusal Letter to identify the grounds for rejection and consider reapplying. It's not uncommon for students to attain visa approval on their second attempt.

5. What is the National Nursing Assessment Service?

The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) provides a streamlined assessment service for IENs interested in applying to be a registered nurse in Canada. The NNAS application process aims to evaluate and authenticate your nursing qualifications, work experience, and licenses. Visit https://nnas.ca for more details.

​6. What is the CELBAN English Exam?

CELBAN is known internationally as a unique nursing-specific-purpose language exam and is informed by nursing and language testing professionals. CELBAN reflects authentic nursing communication and evaluates English language proficiency in listening, writing, reading and speaking. The OptionTrain college will prepare you for this exam.

 7. Can I take an IELTS exam instead of a CELBAN Exam?

YES. IENs can take the IELTS exam without needing to take the CELBAN exam. As of January 2023, both IELTS (general) and IELTS (academic) are accepted English language exams. Please note the IELTS exam will only be accepted when written within two years before applying for registration.

8. What is the NCLEX-RN exam?

The NCLEX-RN exam is a standardized test used to determine whether an individual is qualified to become a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and Canada. OptionTrain College will guide you thoroughly through the process while doing the course.

9. What is the REX-PN exam?

The Regulatory Exam – Practical Nurse (REx-PN™) is an entry-to-practice exam for those applying to become a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in Ontario. OptionTrain College will guide you thoroughly through the process while doing the course.

 ​10. What happens if I fail the Nursing Registration exam (NCLEX-RN or REX-PN)?

There is no limit to how many times you can write the Registration until you pass. You can take the exam once in any 45 days (up to 8 times per year). If anything changes, we keep our students informed.

11. Is this program a diploma or certificate course?

The Canadian Nursing Review Program for IENs is a Professional Development and Upskilling program designed for IENS with existing qualifications and work experience to maintain their nursing profession and become eligible to work as a licensed nurse in Canada. The program is not subject to the Private Career Colleges Act of 2005 provisions.

12. Will I get a refund if my visa gets rejected?

Yes. Suppose your visa is rejected, and you decide not to pursue a resubmission. In that case, you will receive a refund of your tuition and fees. The amount refunded is determined based on the Tuition Refund Policy outlined in our student handbook and government guidelines. OptionTrain College follows strict guidelines of the government on it and we will make the process smooth for refunds too.

13. Is your college approved for PGWP?

Although the OPTIONTRAIN College is not designated for the PGWP program, international students who complete the Nursing Review Course and become registered nurses in Canada may be eligible to stay and work in Canada under other work permit programs, such as the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the International Mobility Program, or a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These programs allow international students who have graduated to apply for a work permit and gain valuable Canadian work experience. Students should research and understand the eligibility criteria for various work permit programs. They should consult a qualified immigration lawyer or consultant to determine their eligibility and ensure they follow the correct application process.  

 "Where Knowledge Meets Practice: Nursing Review Program - Your Bridge to Mastery at OptionTrain college."