RPN Bridging to University Nursing Offers Nurses Best of Both Academic
There are many Practical nursing programs offered within the Canadian context, and with very good
reason. The nursing field has come a long way from the days of bedside care and today nurses are
essential members of the healthcare team. As such, nurses work in a variety of settings inclusive of, but
not limited to, the operating room, long-term care and specialty areas such as emergency, pediatrics and
community settings. This requires them to have obtained certain credentials in order to move up in the
field. Right now is a great time for nurses to invest in their careers because the Canadian Nurses
Association predicts that if the current trends in the nursing workforce continue, there will be a shortage
of 113,000 registered nurses by 2016 in Canada.
At Centennial College, registered practical nurses (RPNS) can bridge to a Bachelor of Nursing in
approximately three years. These RPNs must hold a diploma from a community college of applied arts and
technology (CAAT) with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and have no repeated courses or failures on
their academic transcript.
Here is a closer look at how the offering works.
The RPN Bridging to University Nursing program curriculum is based on the
College of Nurses’ Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice
Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses.
Because these nurses already have a solid academic base, courses focus on ethics
and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery and caring for clients
with acute and chronic illness and will provide the foundation for nursing practice.
There is a unique aspect to the offering in that it emphasizes caring for
individuals, groups and communities in acute care, mental health and community
Courses are balanced between theoretical knowledge and practical application in
clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty.
The facility from which the Centennial College part of the program is facilitated is
the institution’s most technological campus, Morningside.
At Morningside, students have access to clinical labs and a mock healthcare
environment, where they can apply what they have learned in their classes.
Students have the advantage of receiving individual clinical feedback and
evaluation, which not only benefits them but also gives employers valuable
evidence of current and safe clinical practice.
Centennial College strives to provide support and meet the needs of adult and
English-as-a-second-language students enrolled in its registered practical nursing program.
Among particular courses within the offering are: Acute and Chronic Illness Theory, Ethics and
Professional Practice, Family Centred Nursing Theory, Mental Health Nursing Practice, Community Nursing
Theory, Nursing Research and many others.