R.P.N. Bridge to B.Sc.N. Postgraduate Program (S122)

RPN Bridge to BScN
Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing
Waterfront Campus
2 semesters
Ontario College Certificate
R.P.N. Bridge to B.Sc.N. is a two-semester bridging program that teaches Registered Practical Nurses (who have graduated from a two-year diploma program in Ontario) the knowledge and skills necessary to enter Trent University's Nursing degree program offered on-site at George Brown College.

Full Program Descriptions


R.P.N. Bridge to B.Sc.N is a two-semester bridging program that offers Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs)the knowledge and skills necessary to enter Trent University's Nursing degree program. Upon successful completion of this bridging course, students are able to apply to enter Trent's Nursing degree program that is offered on-site at George Brown College's state-of-the-art Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at the Waterfront Campus.


The RPN Bridge program is offered on-site through a full-time flexible delivery model. The program is delivered in a hybrid format, which includes both in-class and online learning.

This program consists of two consecutive semesters. Semester 1 starts in September and Semester 2 starts in January.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit& georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course name
NURS1093 Becoming an Ethical Practictioner (7 weeks)
NURS1094 Transition to Clinical Leadership (7 weeks)
NURS1095 Nursing Informatics in the Health Care Information Age (7 weeks)
NURS1096 Introduction to Nursing Research (7 weeks)
NURS1072 Critical Thinking to Scholarly Writing (online)
NURS1074 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (online)
NURS1106 Health Assessment (hybrid)
  Two University Electives


semester courses
Code Course name
NURS1101 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology (hybrid)
NURS1084 A Relational Inquiry to Knowing the Family
NURS1102 Clinical Practice
NURS1103 Psychology - Adult Development

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Students who successfully complete the S122 bridging program will be eligible to apply to a (post-bridge) Nursing degree program delivered by Trent University at George Brown College's Waterfront Campus. 

Tuition and Fees


$6,337.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and the selection criteria outlined below:

  • Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario and without practice restrictions.
  • Graduation from a two-year community college Practical Nursing (PN) diploma program in Ontario with a minimum cumulative average of 75% and grades of not less than 70 (B–) in any element of the PN program for which advanced standing credit will be assigned by Trent University.
  • Submission of all post-secondary transcripts from Canadian and international educational institutions attended is required and these will be reviewed for academic performance as part of the admission requirements.
  • Applicants with prior university or college study in fields outside of Practical Nursing must present a minimum combined grade point average (CGPA) of 2.33 (C+) and be considered “In Good Standing” with no failures in core prerequisite subjects in order to be considered. Higher CGPAs/averages may be required subject to competition.
  • Applicants who have completed a Practical Nursing Certificate to Diploma upgrading program at a recognized community college in Ontario will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants with prior nursing studies in a Bachelor of Nursing or Bridging program will be considered by the Admissions Committee on a case by case basis regardless of the length of study, or performance in a PN program.
  • All applicants offered admission require the approval of the Admissions Committee, comprised of representatives from Trent University and George Brown College, who will provide a detailed evaluation of core course performance and competencies for transfer of credit evaluation.
  • Applicants who have been absent from full-time formal Practical Nursing, Bridging, or BScN education for a period of 10 years will be considered on a case by case basis.

Course Exemptions: College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

Special Requirements  


Before commencing the clinical practice course, all students must successfully complete:

  • the approved CPR course (required annually): Basic Cardiac Life Support – Health Care Provider (BCLS – HCP) Level
  • a Standard First Aid Certificate course

Students will not be eligible to attend the practice area unless they hold current CPR and First Aid certificates.


Students must complete a pre-placement health form package which includes: evidence of yearly monitoring for tuberculosis (either a tuberculin test or an x-ray), and an annual flu vaccination each fall.

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement

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Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2367

Email: nursing@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.