RPN Bridging to University Nursing Program Offers BScN in Three Years Registered Practical Nursing is an in-demand career that is in need of 59,000 to 113,000 new nurses, according to the Canadian Nurses Association. As such, Centennial College offers its RPN Bridging to University Nursing program, which focuses on assisting registered practical nurses (RPNS) bridge to BScN in approximately three years. With their education, these practical nurses are well suited for operating rooms, long-term care and specialty areas such as emergency, pediatrics and community settings. But why is it important for the college to offer such a nursing program to begin with? Well, it helps to fill the demand for nurses by catering to: RNs who hold a certificate of registration in Ontario without evidence of current and safe clinical practice; RNs who hold a certificate of registration in Ontario and are currently practicing but would like to review their nursing knowledge and practice in an acute medical and surgical or mental health and community setting; internationally-educated nurses who have not met the 2005 baccalaureate nursing education requirements for Ontario RNs (please note that the needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students are supported in this nursing program); and RPNs who hold a diploma from a community college of applied arts and technology (CAAT). Upon successful completion of all Centennial College nursing program requirements, students may apply to the post diploma nursing degree program at Ryerson University, offered by the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and the Chang School of Continuing Education. The Centennial College Registered Practical Nursing curriculum is based on the College of Nurses’ Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses. Thanks to this, courses emphasize ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery and caring for clients with acute and chronic illness. They also provide the foundation for nursing practice. A unique aspect of the Bridging to University Nursing program is the focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in both the acute mental health and community settings. Specific nursing program courses include: Pathotherapeutics, Ethics and Professional Practice, Family-Centred Nursing Theory, Mental Health Nursing Practice, Nursing Research, Community Nursing Theory and more. To help students apply what they have learned in the nursing program, the campus at which they study houses a well-equipped nursing lab that is available for independent and self-directed practice. That’s because Morningside Campus is Centennial College’s most technologically advanced location and boasts simulated clinical environments and all of the latest nursing technology. Additionally, students partake in a practical nursing placement with hospitals and community agencies during different shifts. Clinical placement allows students to develop employment networking opportunities. In order to apply to this nursing program, students must have a college diploma in nursing or practical nursing or university nursing degree. There are also separate requirements depending on an applicant’s previous nursing experience.
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