RPN Bridge to BScN Program (Postgraduate) (S442)

Program Description

Program Overview

George Brown College's R.P.N. Bridge to B.Sc.N. (S442) two-semester bridging program provides registered practical nurses (RPNs) with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter Trent University's B.Sc.N  degree program offered on-site at George Brown.

Full Description

George Brown College's R.P.N. Bridge to B.Sc.N (S442) bridging program offers Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) the knowledge and skills necessary to enter Trent University's B.Sc.N degree program. To be eligible, RPNs must have graduated from a two-year diploma program in Ontario with a minimum 75% cumulative program average. 

Upon successful completion of this two-semester bridging course, students can then apply to enter Trent's nursing degree program delivered on-site at George Brown’s Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences located at our  Waterfront Campus


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

The semesters are delivered consecutively with semester 1 starting in September, and semester 2 starting in January. 

Your Field Education Options

Clinical placement plays an important role in this R.P.N. Bridge to B.Sc.N. program by giving students the opportunity to apply their newly learned skills and to help broaden their professional network. The clinical placement experience will take place in a simulated clinical environment or within a healthcare organization.

Students will be expected to attend their placement each week during semester 2 of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Public Health continues to recommend that people working with vulnerable communities be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Clinical agency partners continue to require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be approved to complete clinical placements within their facilities. Agencies have the right to decline the placement of students who are not fully vaccinated, and students who are not vaccinated are at risk of not being able to complete their clinical placement course requirements. 

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Educational Pathways

Students who successfully complete the R.P.N. Bridge to B.Sc.N. Bridge program will be eligible to apply to Trent University’s post-bridge nursing degree program delivered on-site at George Brown College's Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences.   

NOTE: This program is offered under the terms of the Trent-George Brown College Agreement. Therefore, request for transfer to the Trent campus cannot be considered. 

To be eligible for admission to Trent University’s Post-Bridge BScN Pathway, you must: 

  1. Have met the (S442) Bridge program admission criteria  


  1. Have graduated from the approved RPN Bridge to BScN (S442) certificate program with a minimum cumulative program average grade of 75 per cent and not less than 70 per cent grade in any course of the Bridge program for which advanced standing credit is assigned by Trent University. 

The Post-Bridge B.Sc.N. pathway at Trent University, leading to an honours degree in Nursing (B.Sc.N.), consists of 20 credits. Upon completion of their RPN and approved bridge programs, students will normally have completed and received transfer credits. Students who study full-time will study for five consecutive semesters (19 months), and part-time students will study for eight consecutive semesters. 

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.

From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

Latest Alumni Stories

Anshumi Joshi

"My name is Anshumi Joshi and I originally started at George Brown College as a PSW student to get a feel for what nursing could be like. After I finished the PSW program I went on to the Pathway program and then completed the Practical Nursing Program at George Brown College. I’ve been a Practical Nurse for almost 2 years now and during this time completed the Bridge to BScN program, again at George Brown. I’m proud to say that I’ve just entered the Trent University BScN program at the George Brown College site! During this time I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a peer leader with the Student Success Program and more recently as a tutor with Accessibility Services. I hold my journey at George Brown College close to my heart since I have not only always felt incredibly supported by our faculty and student services staff, but I have also made some amazing lifelong nursing friendships. I have been lucky to find people, be it friends or faculty, who are incredibly thoughtful and inspire me with their dedication and work ethic. I will always be grateful for the wonderful experience I’ve had at George Brown College during my time from PSW to BScN student."

Anshumi Joshi
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