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RPN to BScN Bridging to University Program Online Hybrid

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Program Details

  • Program Code:7993
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:College Preparation
  • Program Length:2 years/ 6 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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You may also be interested in the Flexible, In-Class or other options:

PLEASE NOTE: To take this program, you must be an RPN who holds a diploma from a Ontario community college of applied arts and technology (CAAT) with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

This Bridging to University Nursing Online Hybrid is an academic pathway offered online to assist registered practical nurses (RPNs) to bridge to University. Centennial's Bridging to University Nursing program (Online Hybrid delivery) is offered on a part-time basis, delivered over six continuous semesters. The goal of this program is to prepare RPNs to be eligible to continue their nursing education at the university level. Degree completion requirements offered by Ryerson University are taken on a part-time basis over 30 months. Please note that admission to Ryerson is not guaranteed and remains a competitive process. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to review all admission criteria for Ryerson University prior to application. 

Students who choose the online hybrid delivery program will spend time asynchronously and synchronously online to support their learning. Students will be self-directed, will apply adult learning principles and will gain knowledge through discovery. A problem-solving approach to each course will develop critical thinking and analytical skills as well as broadening perspectives. 

The curriculum in the Bridging to University Nursing Online Hybrid courses is based on the College of Nurses of Ontario Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses. It aims to provide a solid foundation for nursing practice by emphasizing ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill enhancement, and caring for clients with acute and chronic illnesses. 

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. Placements are allocated within the Greater Toronto Area and students are expected to arrange travel and accommodation where necessary to complete the practicum courses. 

The Bridging to University Nursing Online Hybrid program features the same curriculum as the full-time and flex delivery of the Bridging to university nursing program. 


To support your learning, this program requires you to have access to a mobile computing device that meets minimum hardware requirements.

Please visit the BringIT page for more information on the requirements for your program.

Please Note: To take this program, you must be an RPN who holds a diploma from an Ontario community college of applied arts and technology (CAAT) with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.



Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

  • Evidence-based practices will be threaded throughout the delivery of the program.
  • As part of the Bridging to University Nursing program, you'll gain an understanding of nursing knowledge acquisition, and how to use and apply research 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, during applied labs and clinical experiences, will help you to develop communication and leadership skills at an advanced level.
  • Clinical placement will expose you to employment networking opportunities.
  • The needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students will be supported.
  • The certificate will provide evidence of reflective, competent and up-to-date practice.

Career Outlook

  • Registered nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Community nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Coronary care nurse
  • Intensive care nurse
  • Trauma nurse

Education Pathways

Successful graduates of the Bridging to University Nursing program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution


Athabasca University Bachelor of Nursing Licenced Practical Nurse
Ryerson University Bachelor of  Nursing - Post Diploma Degree completion

Please visit our website at more information on articulation agreements.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

1) Ontario College Diploma in practical nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher (B average). 
2) No repeated courses or failures on all nursing academic transcripts. Applicants must submit official transcripts* from all accredited, postsecondary institutions that they have attended.  

Note: To be eligible to apply to Ryerson University, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, students must maintain a competitive GPA with no course repeats or failures in this program. 

Additional Requirements

For Registered Practical Nurses 

1) Transcripts from an ONTARIO community college diploma program (inclusion of courses in anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology) are required 
2) Proof of current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse, Entitled to Practice with No Restrictions. 
3) Obtain a clear police check with vulnerable sector screening. Vulnerable Sector Screenings must be issued within six months of each placement start date. Any previous criminal record must be pardoned.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Program transfer or new application

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 statements 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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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**PLEASE NOTE: all fees are subject to change and are the fees accurate as of September 2020.** 

Semester 1
COMM-170 - College Communications 2
NUPH-700 Health Assessment  ($353.21)
NUPH-703 Ethics and Professional Practice ($266.97)

Semester 2
NUPH-737 Nursing Research ($266.97) 
NUPH-735 Advanced Communication and Leadership($180.73) 

Semester 3 
NUPH-701 Acute and Chronic Illness Theory ($353.21)
NUPP-700 Pathotherapeutics ($266.97)

Semester 4
NUPH-702 Acute and Chronic Illness Practice ($1215.61) 

Semester 5
NUPH-706 Family-Centred Nursing Theory ($266.97)
NUPH-731 Mental Health and Crisis Management Theory ($266.97)
NUPH-741 Community Nursing Theory ($266.97)

Semester 6
NUPH-743 Mental Health and Community Nursing Practice ($1043.13) 

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