Bridging to University Nursing - Flexible

Program Details

  • Program Code:9253
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential: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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The Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program is a three-semester Graduate Certificate program that gives registered practical nurses (RPNs) the opportunity to bridge to a degree in nursing.

While this health program features the same curriculum as the full-time Bridging to University Nursing program, it also offers a fall and winter intake. The fall intake does not run during the summer, while the winter intake runs three consecutive semesters.

This program's curriculum focuses on 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, as it is based on the College of Nurses' of Ontario Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses.

While the program has many unique aspects, a particularly exciting and vital element is its focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in acute care, mental health and community settings.

This School of Community and Health Studies program includes opportunities for you to apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty, to ensure that you are job-ready upon graduation.

Program Highlights

  • Faculty members are knowledgeable, experienced and caring. They also understand and support the needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students.
  • Evidence-based practices are incorporated into the delivery of the program.
  • In the Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program, you come to understand nursing knowledge acquisition, and how research is utilized and applied to complex client care situations.
  • At Centennial College's nursing lab, you are able to conduct independent and self-directed practice to develop advanced-level communication and leadership skills.
  • Individual clinical feedback and evaluation will give employers valuable evidence of current and safe clinical practice.
  • Clinical placement allows you to apply your skills to the real world and develop an employment network.
  • The certificate that you earn will provide evidence of reflective practice, employment and continuing education opportunities.

Upon completion of the Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program, you will be able 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.
  • Assess knowledge appropriately and use 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 health care perspective with a multi-cultural 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.

The Bridging to University Nursing program does not accept transfer credits for ANY Nursing courses obtained through your PN education. This is a fast track post diploma speciality program and is designed to build on prior learning obtained through the Practical Nursing program.

All Bridging program courses must be completed at Centennial College and meet all additional requirements in order to be eligible for Ryerson University's Post Diploma to BScN 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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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.

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.

Note: For applicants to be eligible for admission to Ryerson University, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and The Chang School of Continuing Education, they must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with no course repeats or failures in this program (#9253).

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 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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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on three semesters, beginning Fall 2018.

Student Tuition (3 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,535.25 $1,864.50 $6,399.75
International $21,120.00 $3,661.50 $24,781.50

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