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Practical Nursing to Registered Nursing Bridge

Advance your nursing career, and earning potential, through our College of Nurses of Ontario approved bridging program! If you are a registered practical nurse (RPN), you can upskill to become a registered nurse (RN) by completing a bridging semester of study in the spring, and then entering directly into year three of our Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. In just two years, you will earn a Certificate of Achievement and an Honours degree.  

Throughout the program, you will enhance your nursing abilities through an experience-based learning approach. You will become confident applying concepts to real patients and situations through case studies and hands-on experiences during clinical placements. You will grow your leadership skills and become a critical thinker who understands the value of teamwork and collaboration in health care teams. With a focus on diversity and inclusion, you will also gain the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate and culturally-sensitive care to Indigenous communities and special populations. 

This program will give you opportunities to apply your skills and knowledge in acute care and community settings, as well as through on-site simulation opportunities. 

As a graduate, you can apply to become a Registered Nurse and can also pursue advanced credentials to prepare for work as an educator, clinical expert, or researcher. 

Apply now!

What's in it for you?

Career outcomes*

  • Registered nurse in Ontario hospitals, long-term care residences, or health care agencies. 

You can advance your nursing career in less time by earning your degree in two years of study versus the traditional 4.

Plan your future

Program starts

May 2023

Program delivery methods

  • On-campus

Learn more about program delivery.

Learning options

  • Full-Time

Minimum technology requirements

  • Regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection
  • Web cam and headset
  • Personal computer
  • Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 operating system
  • Web browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • Apple Mac
  • OS X operating system
  • Web browser: Firefox or Safari

You’ll be accessing industry-standard software as part of your program. Your program coordinator and IT will set you up with access on your computer or within our campus labs. If you have any questions about these technology requirements, please email or call (705) 566-8101, ext. 7303.

For a full list of how your program will be delivered click here.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD policy to ensure a rich and flexible learning experience. Learn more about BYOD by clicking here.

System requirements for Assistive Technology

To access the widest range of Assistive Technology (AT), a Windows-based computer is recommended.

  • Recommended OS: Windows 10 or newer
  • Recommended CPU: Intel or AMD multicore processor
  • Recommended RAM: 8 GB
  • Recommended Storage for Assistive Technology: 8 GB of available Hard Drive of Solid State Drive Space (please note this is not the total drive size and refers specifically to available space needed for assistive technology)
  • Recommended Audio: Speakers or Headphones for Text-to-Speech and Microphone for Speech Input

While Apple computers can provide many AT options,  some specialized software may not be available/compatible with this platform.  Please consult with the Glenn Crombie Centre for further details.

Have Questions?

  • Looking for transcript information? Click Here

See a full list of how your program will be delivered.