Bridging to University Nursing

Program Details

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

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Program Overview

Program Overview

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Our Bridging to University Nursing program is a two-semester Graduate Certificate program that helps registered practical nurses (RPNs) bridge to a degree in nursing.

The curriculum in this nursing program 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 mastery and caring for clients with acute and chronic illness.

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

Program Highlights

  • Evidence-based practices are threaded through the delivery of the program.
  • As part of the Bridging to University Nursing program, you gain an understanding of nursing knowledge acquisition, and how research is utilized and applied to complex client care situations.
  • The School of Community and Health Studies houses a well-equipped nursing lab that is available for independent and self-directed practice.
  • Opportunities exist to develop communication and leadership skills at an advanced level during applied labs and clinical experiences.
  • Individual clinical feedback and evaluation from faculty members who are knowledgeable, experienced and caring serves as valuable evidence for employers that you have completed current and safe clinical practice.
  • Clinical placement allows you to partake in employment networking opportunities.
  • The needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students are supported.
  • The certificate that is earned provides evidence of reflective, competent and up-to-date practice.

Upon completion of the Bridging to University Nursing program, you will 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 which reflect critical thinking and self-reflection.
  • Assess knowledge appropriately and using 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 multicultural client population, 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.

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.

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: 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 stateemnts 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 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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