Bridging to University Nursing

Program Code: 9251

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: *Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8068

The Bridging to University Nursing - Full Time program is a two semester graduate certificate program offered to assist registered practical nurses (RPNs) the opportunity to bridge to a Degree in nursing.

The curriculum is based on the College of Nurses’ Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses.  It emphasizes ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery and caring for clients with acute and chronic illness.  It aims to provide a solid foundation for nursing practice.

An exciting and unique aspect of this program is its focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in acute care, mental health and community settings.

To ensure that you are prepared for the field, this School of Community and Health Studies program will give you opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 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
Course Code Course Title Location
NUPD-706 Family-Centred Nursing Theory Morningside Campus
NUPD-731 Mental Health and 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

  • Evidence based practices will be threaded through the delivery of the program.
  • As part of the Bridging to University Nursing program, you will gain an understanding of nursing knowledge acquisition, and how research is utilized and applied to complex client care situations.
  • The School of Community and Health Studies houses a well-equipped nursing lab that will be available for independent and self-directed practice.
  • Opportunities will exist to develop communication and leadership skills at an advanced level during applied labs and clinical experiences.
  • Individual clinical feedback and evaluation from faculty members who are knowledgeable, experienced and caring will serve as valuable evidence for employers that you have completed current and safe clinical practice.
  • Clinical placement will allow you to partake in employment networking opportunities.
  • The needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students will be supported.
  • The certificate that is earned provides evidence of reflective, competent, and up-to-date practice.

Upon completion of the Bridging to University Nursing program, you will have the ability 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.

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.

Career Outlook

  • Registered Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Community Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Coronary Care Nurse
  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Trauma Nurse

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma in practical nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher (B average)
  • No repeated courses or failures on academic transcript


  • For applicants to be eligible for admission to Ryerson University, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with no course repeats or failures in this program (9251)

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

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer.  Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at  A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications.  The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to  For more information go to Applications Fees.

2.  Submit Documents

Graduates of college/university are responsible for requesting that your educational institution send any required documents and transcripts to

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3.  Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants.  When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees and see your class timetable.

4.  Pay Fees

Centennial fee statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account.  Fees stateemnts are not mailed.  You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5.  Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at  Fall registration begins mid-July, January registration begins mid-December, May registration begins mid-April.  Your web-registration will not open if:

  • You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline.
  • You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.