RPN Bridging to University Nursing 9251

About Centennial
Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 9251
School: School of Community and Health Studies
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Type: Graduate Certificate program
Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters
Start Date: Fall
Location: Morningside Campus
Tel: 416-289-5303

This program is an academic pathway offered to assist registered practical nurses (RPNS) bridge to BScN in approximately three years.

Nurses taking this program must be:

  • RPNs who hold a diploma from a community college of applied arts and technology (CAAT) with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and containing no repeated courses or failures on their academic transcript

Curriculum is based on the College of Nurses’ Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses. You will apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty. Courses emphasize ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery and caring for clients with acute and chronic illness and will provide the foundation for nursing practice. 

An exciting and unique aspect of the Bridging to University Nursing program is the focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in acute care, mental health and community settings.

Semester 1 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
NUPD-700 Health Assessment Morningside Campus
NUPD-701 Acute and Chronic Illness Theory Morningside Campus
NUPD-702 Acute and Chronic Illness Practice Morningside Campus
NUPD-703 Ethics and Professional Practice Morningside Campus
PATH-700 Pathotherapeutics Morningside Campus

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
NUPD-706 Family-Centred Nursing Theory Morningside Campus
NUPD-731 Mental Health & Crisis Management Theory Morningside Campus
NUPD-735 Advanced Communication and Leadership Morningside Campus
NUPD-741 Community Nursing Theory Morningside Campus
NUPD-743 Mental Health and Community Nursing Practice Morningside Campus
NURS-737 Nursing Research Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

Upon completion, the graduate of the RPN to BScN Bridging Nursing program will be able to:
  • Apply generic skills that will facilitate the practice of nursing, ongoing learning and self-development, including effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate scholarly writing
  • Apply decision-making models which reflect critical thinking and self-reflection
  • Assess knowledge appropriately and using research outcomes
  • Acquire basic technological literacy skills
  • Understand self, society and its institutions in order to assume a role as a responsible citizen
  • Practice from a primary healthcare perspective with a multicultural client population including individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Provide nursing care to clients in complex healthcare situations
  • Provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care that meets the current College of Nurses of Ontario professional standards for registered nurses

Distinctive Benefits for Centennial Students

  • The certificate that is earned provides evidence of reflective practice, employment and continuing education opportunities
  • Individual clinical feedback and evaluation gives employers valuable evidence of current and safe clinical practice
  • Clinical placement allows you to develop employment networking opportunities
  • The school houses a well-equipped nursing lab that is available for independent and self-directed practice
  • Evidence based practices are threaded through the delivery of the program
  • Faculty members are knowledgeable, experienced and caring
  • The needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students are supported
  • Opportunities to develop communication and leadership skills at an advanced level are applied in labs and clinical 
  • Individuals gain an understanding of nursing knowledge acquisition, and how research is utilized and applied to complex client care situations

Educational Partners

  • Upon successful completion of all program requirements, eligible students may apply to the post-diploma nursing degree program at Ryerson University, offered by the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and the Chang School of Continuing Education
  • College diploma in practical nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, Ryerson University, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and the Chang School of Continuing Education also require no repeated courses or failures on their academic transcript
Additional Requirements

For registered practical nurses:
  • Transcripts from a community college diploma program (indicating minimum B average and inclusion of courses in Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology) are required
  • Proof of current certificate of registration in Ontario 
After admission, but prior to Clinical Placement, students require:
  • Annual clear police check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Completion of immunization requirements (immunization review form issued by the program coordinator)
    • Successful completion and annual renewal of a recognized course in CPR (Healthcare provider level)
    • Successful completion of a recognized course in standard first aid  (recommended for RPNs who have not practiced within the last 3 years)
    • Mask fit testing will be provided by Centennial College (shaving of portions of face may be required to meet safety standards)
    All of the above requirements must be in effect for the duration of each placement.
    Career Outlook
    • Nurses work in a variety of settings inclusive of, but not limited to, the operating room, long-term care and specialty areas such as emergency, pediatrics and community settings
    • Graduates will be prepared to work with persons and communities of diverse backgrounds, ages, degrees of health and illness, in a variety of contexts
    • The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) predicts that if the current trends in the nursing workforce continues, there will be a shortage of 113,000 Registered Nurses (RNs) by 2016 in Canada (CNA, 2009).