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Practical Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally-educated Nurses

Program Overview

This program is designed as an academic pathway to meet the needs of internationally-educated nurses who are interested in working as registered practical nurses (RPNs) in Canada, or RPNs who hold a certificate ad wish to upgrade to an Ontario College diploma. This program should also be taken by RPNs who have been out of practice for ten years or less and need a refresher program.


Program duration is three semesters which includes 15 weeks of consolidation experience. The program focuses on assisting you to develop your knowledge, critical thinking, communication, research and leadership skills and to apply these skills in acute healthcare settings.


The program's curriculum has been designed in accordance with the College of Nurses Ontario's Professional Standards and Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Practical Nurses.

At A Glance

  • Curriculum is based on the College of Nurses' Standards of Practice for Nurse and Entry Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Practical Nurses

  • A two-day-per-week practice course in  semester two allows students to apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction and guidance of faculty members who have expertise in acute, chronic and long term care

  • Courses emphasize leadership, teaching and learning, professionalism, advocacy, critical thinking and ethical decision making


Semester 1

   College Communications 1 (ESL) for                         Internationally Educated Nurses

   Pathophysiology/Pharmacotherapeutics 1

   Introduction to Nursing in Ontario

   Theoretical Concepts in Nursing 1

   Nursing 'Practice in Ontario 1

   Health Assessment: A Holistic Approach


Semester 2

   College Communications 2

   Pathophysiology/Pharmacotherapeutics 2

   Issues, Trends and Leadership in Nursing

   Theoretical Concepts in Nursing 2

   Nursing Practice in Ontario 2


Semester 3  

   Practical Nursing Pregraduate Clinical                                       Applications


Note: All courses require a minimum C grade




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