The Internationally Educated Nurses Assessment Centres will phase out their services as of July 1, 2013, closing their offices in Edmonton and Calgary.
For the past six years, the IEN Assessment Centres have been funded by Alberta Health, the ministry that sets policy, legislation and standards for the health system in this province. Services at the IEN Assessment Centres have been provided by the School of Nursing at Mount Royal University.
Alberta Health has recently notified Mount Royal that they will not commit ongoing funding to support the operation of the IEN Assessment Centres after June 30, 2013. As a result, Mount Royal must close the services provided through both centres.
The IEN Assessment Centres are internationally recognized for their pioneering work in meeting the high demand for nurses in Alberta by helping registered nurses educated in foreign countries to meet the credentialing process by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).
If you are an IEN who is booked for a SEC assessment at either of the IEN Assessment Centres between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013, you will proceed with your SEC assessment as outlined in your Booking and Confirmation letters. Please contact the Assessment Centre 4 weeks in advance of your assessment to confirm your attendance.
If you are an IEN who is booked for a SEC assessment at either of the IEN Assessment Centres AFTER June 30, 2013 your SEC assessment has been cancelled. It is with deep regret that Mount Royal is unable to complete any SEC assessments beyond this June 30, 2013 date.
If you have questions about the closure of the IEN Assessment Centres, or about the future of the Internationally Educated Nurses Assessment Centre program, please contact the ministry directly:
(780) 427-3424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about your CARNA referral, or the impact of this closure on registration requirements in Alberta, please contact:
The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) at
The Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Assessment Centre is located at Mount Royal University in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
Our Vision: To help IENs pursue a nursing career in Alberta by providing Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) assessment services which support the completion of nursing registration requirements.
The IEN Assessment Centre is dedicated to assisting nurses educated in other countries as part of the registered nurse credentialing process by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). Through a variety of assessment strategies, we assess professional knowledge, judgment and skills of IENs and support them in completing their registration requirements in Alberta. SEC assessments are completed at one of two sites in Alberta.