Bridging to University Nursing - IEN

Program Details

  • Program Code:9252
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Graduate Certificate
  • Program Type:Graduate Certificate program
  • Program Length:1 year/ 2 semesters

Program Availability

Domestic Availability
International Availability

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The Bridging to University Nursing - IEN program is a two-semester program for internationally educated nurses who must fill theoretical or practical gaps in their learning, as identified by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). This Graduate Certificate program is also accessible to domestic graduates who require an updated education or practice to reinstate their registration as a nurse with the CNO. 

The curriculum of this nursing program is based on the CNO Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses. It not only provides a solid foundation for nursing practice, but also focuses on ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery as well as caring for clients with acute and chronic illness.

There is a special focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in acute care, mental health and community settings, which is a standout element of the program.

This School of Community and Health Studies program ensures you are prepared for the field by providing you with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty.

Program Highlights

  • Delivery of the Bridging to University - IEN program includes evidence-based practices.
  • You gain an understanding of nursing knowledge, and how research is utilized and applied to complex client care situations.
  • At the School of Community and Health Studies's well-equipped nursing lab, you have the opportunity to complete independent and self-directed practice.
  • Labs and a clinical element allow for the application of communication and leadership skills at an advanced level.
  • You'll go on clinical placements that present networking opportunities.
  • The individual clinical feedback and evaluation you receive gives employers valuable evidence of current and safe clinical practice.
  • Faculty members in this School of Community and Health Studies program are knowledgeable, experienced and caring professionals.
  • If you are an adult or English-as-a-second-language student, your needs are supported.
  • The resulting certificate serves as evidence of reflective practice, employment and continuing education opportunities.

Upon completion of this Bridging to University Nursing 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 and basic technological literacy skills.
  • Apply decision-making models that reflect critical thinking and self-reflection.
  • Assess knowledge appropriately and use research outcomes.
  • Practice from a primary health care perspective with multicultural client populations, including individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • Provide nursing care to clients in complex health care situations.
  • Provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care that meets the current College of Nurses of Ontario professional standards for registered nurses.
  • Understand self, society and its institutions to assume a role as a responsible citizen.

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, students requiring a baccalaureate degree may be eligible to 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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

For nurses who have obtained a nursing diploma or degree out-of-country or out-of-province and do not hold a current certificate of registration in Ontario:

  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residency in Ontario 
  • Interview with the program coordinator required prior to submitting an application
  • A letter from the College of Nurses of Ontario stating that the diploma/ degree from country of origin does not meet baccalaureate entry to practice requirements
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required
  • Proof of successful completion of a nursing program from country of origin or equivalent
  • Out-of-province applicants must have completed a two-year diploma in practical nursing

For nurses who hold a current certificate of registration without evidence of current and/or safe practice in Ontario:

  • Proof of current certificate of registration in Ontario

For nurses who have an expired certificate of registration in Ontario and do not have evidence of current and/or safe nursing practice:

  • A letter from the College of Nurses of Ontario outlining the requirements for re-entry or safe practice requirements accompanied by a CNO letter of direction specifying 400, 600 or 700 hours of clinical practice and relevant course content must be completed Candidates with a 'Gap" letter not accompanied by a letter of direction with hours direction are not eligible for the program.

Additional Requirements

For students who will be attending Ryerson University to meet the CNO competency gaps:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (B average) in all courses attended at Centennial College
  • No repeated courses or failures on all nursing academic transcripts.
  • Registered with the CNO as an RPN

How to Apply

How to Apply

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The application process for these programs differs from other programs at the College. The Program Coordinator, will assess every application and determine acceptance into the program. As a result, you need to follow the following step by step approach for applying to the bridging program.

Step 1: Apply to 9252 (RN) on the OCAS (Ontario College Application Services) website. There is a $95 charge to apply.

Step 2: Once you have applied, you will receive documents from Centennial College acknowledging your application. Within this document, you will be given a Centennial College student number. Use that number to call the assessment centre at 416-289-5300 and book your English Assessment; this is free of charge and can only be completed once per year.

Step 3: After you have completed the English Assessment, please email the Program Supervisor your student number and your program number.

Step 4: The Program Coordinator will respond to your email providing direction regarding how to proceed from there.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,023.50 $1,233.00 $4,256.50
International $14,080.00 $2,401.00 $16,481.00

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