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Bridging to University Nursing for Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs)

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Program Details

  • Program Code:9251
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Program Type:Graduate Certificate program
  • Program Length:1 year/ 2 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Bridging to University Nursing is a two-semester graduate certificate program that will help registered practical nurses (RPNs) bridge to a degree in nursing.

This nursing program's curriculum is based on the College of Nurses' of Ontario Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses. It will aim to provide a solid foundation for nursing practice by emphasizing ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery, and caring for clients with acute and chronic illness.

An exciting and unique aspect of this health program will be its 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 give you opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty.

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.


  • 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 guaranteed 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.
  • The clinical placements will be offered within Great Toronto Area. By applying to the program, you agree to have clinical placement in Great Toronto Area.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

  • Evidence-based practices will be threaded through the program's delivery.
  • As part of the Bridging to University Nursing program, you'll gain an understanding of nursing knowledge acquisition, and how to utilize 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 will exist, during labs and clinical experiences, to develop communication and leadership skills at an advanced level.
  • Clinical placement will allow you to partake in networking opportunities.
  • The needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students will be supported.
  • The certificate that's earned 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
Davenport University Master of Business Administration
Ryerson University Bachelor of  Nursing - Post Diploma Degree completion

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

Educational Partners

Upon successful completion of the program, eligible students may apply to a post-diploma nursing degree program, i.e. Ryerson University.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

Please note that admission to Ryerson University is not guaranteed and remains a competitive process. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to review all admission criteria for Ryerson prior to application.
  • Ontario College diploma in practical nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (B average)
  • No repeated courses or failures on all nursing academic transcripts. Applicants must submit official transcripts* from all accredited post-secondary 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 (#9251).

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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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 two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,215.24 $3,936.24
International $15,385.50 $1,724.24 $17,109.74

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