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Bridging to University Nursing - Flexible

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Program Details

  • Program Code:9253
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Program Type:Graduate Certificate program
  • Program Length:1 year/ 3 semesters

Program Availability

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Program Overview

Program Overview

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Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible is a three-semester graduate certificate program that will give registered practical nurses (RPNs) the opportunity to bridge to a degree in nursing.

While this health program will feature the same curriculum as the full-time Bridging to University Nursing program, it will also offer fall and winter intakes. The fall intake doesn't run during the summer, while the winter intake runs three consecutive semesters.

This nursing program's curriculum is based on the College of Nurses' of Ontario (CNO) Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses. Its aim — by emphasizing ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery and caring for clients with acute and chronic illness — will be to provide a solid foundation for nursing practice. An exciting and unique aspect will be the program's focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in acute care, mental health and community settings.

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


  • The Bridging to University Nursing program does not accept transfer credits for ANY Nursing courses obtained through your Practical Nursing (PN) education. Communication courses taken during PN education may be accepted. This post-diploma specialty program is designed to build on prior learning obtained through your PN program.
  • When you graduate, you may apply to a post-diploma PN to BScN Program (e.g., at Ryerson University). Graduation from the Bridging Certificate at Centennial College does not provide a guarantee admission to university. Graduates are encouraged to review appropriate admission requirements to university and to know that applications remain competitive. Please check the Ryerson University website for current admission requirements.



Starting Winter 2021, 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.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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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.

When you complete the Bridging to University Nursing program, you'll have the ability to:

  • Apply general 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 that reflect critical thinking and self-reflection;
  • Appropriately assess knowledge using research outcomes;
  • Acquire basic technological literacy skills;
  • Understand self and society and its institutions to assume a role as a responsible citizen;
  • Practice from a primary health care perspective with multicultural client populations;
  • Provide nursing care to clients in complex health care situations.

Career Outlook

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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • College diploma in practical nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher (B average)
  • 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: For applicants to be eligible to apply to Ryerson University, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and The Chang School of Continuing Education, they must maintain a competitive GPA with no course repeats or failures in this program (#9253).  Please check the University website for current admission requirements.

Additional Requirements

For Registered Practical Nurses

  • Transcripts from a community college diploma program (inclusion of courses in anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology) are required
  • Proof of current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse, Entitled to Practice with No Restrictions.

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 ontariocolleges.ca. 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 ontariocolleges.ca. For more information, go to ontariocolleges.ca -Applications Fees.

2. Submit Documents

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

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 ontariocolleges.ca 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 my.centennialcollege.ca. 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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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on three semesters, beginning Fall 2019.

Student Tuition (3 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $4,081.50 $1,789.50 $5,871.00
International $21,753.75 $2,223.50 $23,977.25

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