Practical Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally-Educated Nurses 9352

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Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 9352
School: School of Community and Health Studies
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Program Type: Fast-track program
Program Length: 1 year/ 3 semesters
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Morningside Campus
Tel: 416-289-5303

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 and wish to upgrade to an Ontario College diploma, or 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 of Ontario’s Professional Standards and Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Practical Nurses. Centennial College values and respects the challenges and commitments that you may be faced with on a daily basis. The program has been designed with your needs in mind so that you may continue with your studies towards a diploma while maintaining your part-time employment and/or personal commitments.

This diploma program may enable you to continue your academic studies at the baccalaureate level. RPNs with a diploma in practical nursing (with a minimum 3.0 GPA) may continue their studies at Centennial’s Bridging to University Nursing program and, upon completion of this program, can apply to Ryerson’s post-degree completion program to earn a bachelor of science in nursing.  For further details regarding admission requirements to Centennial's Bridging to University Nursing program, please visit the program website.

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-151 College Communications 1 (ESL) for Internationally Educated Nurses Morningside Campus
IEPN-122 Pathophysiology/Pharmacotherapeutics 1 Morningside Campus
IEPN-123 Introduction to Nursing in Ontario Morningside Campus
IEPN-124 Theoretical Concepts in Nursing 1 Morningside Campus
IEPN-125 Nursing Practice in Ontario 1 Morningside Campus
IEPN-126 Health Assessment: A Holistic Approach Morningside Campus

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
IEPN-222 Pathophysiology/Pharmacotherapeutics 2 Morningside Campus
IEPN-223 Issues, Trends and Leadership in Nursing Morningside Campus
IEPN-224 Theoretical Concepts in Nursing 2 Morningside Campus
IEPN-225 Nursing Practice in Ontario 2 Morningside Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
IEPN-250 Practical Nursing Pregraduate Clinical Applications Morningside Campus

Career Outlook

RPNs work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term care and community settings. Typically, RPNs are attracted to positions where they can work with people through the caring process and provide hands-on nursing care. With additional courses, RPN’s are able to work in more specialized settings including operating rooms and clinics.

Distinctive Benefits for Centennial Students
  • The program is delivered at an accelerated pace
  • The diploma that is earned reflects a high level of learning
  • Students have the opportunity to continue to an academic pathway with a degree completion (Bridging to University Nursing program)
  • Completion of a post-secondary certificate in practical nursing
  • Current College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) certificate of registration. 
  • International students are required to submit their letter from the CNO, stating the courses required to write the practical nurse registration exams. 
  • Applicants must have practiced as a nurse, or completed their nursing education, within the last 10 years as indicated in the letter of direction from the CNO.
Non-academic Requirements
  • Interview with Program Coordinator required prior to submitting an application
  • Transcript and resumé review may be required
  • English assessment is mandatory and math skills assessment may be required
After admission but prior to Clinical/Field Placement, students require:
  • Annual clear police check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Completion of immunization requirements (immunization review form issued by the program coordinator)
  • Successful completion and annual renewal of a recognized course in CPR (Health Care Provider Level)
  • Successful completion of a recognized course in Standard First Aid
  • Mask fit testing will be provided by Centennial College
  • All of the above requirements must be in effect for the duration of each placement.
Career Outlook
Program Highlights
  • Curriculum is based on the College of Nurses’ Standards of Practice for Nurses and Entry to 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

For students wishing part time delivery, please refer to our Continuing Education calendar program #7995.