The Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program is a three-semester graduate certificate undertaking that gives registered practical nurses (RPNs) the opportunity to bridge to a degree in nursing.
While this Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program features the same curriculum as the full-time Bridging to University Nursing program, it offers a fall and winter intake. The fall intake, however, does not run during the summer. The winter intake runs three consecutive semesters.
This program's curriculum focuses on ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery and caring for clients with acute and chronic illness. It aims to provide a solid foundation for nursing practice as it is based on the College of Nurses' of Ontario Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses.
While the program has many unique aspects, a particularly exciting and vital element is its focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in acute care, and mental health and community settings.
This School of Community and Health Studies program includes opportunities for you to apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty, to ensure that you are job-ready upon graduation.
-Faculty members are knowledgeable, experienced and caring. They also understand and support the needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students.
-Incorporated into the delivery of the program are evidence-based practices.
-In the Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program you come to understand nursing knowledge acquisition, and how research is utilized and applied to complex client care situations.
-At Centennial College's nursing lab you are able to conduct independent and self-directed practice to develop advanced-level communication and leadership skills.
-Individual clinical feedback and evaluation will give employers valuable evidence of current and safe clinical practice.
-Clinical placement allows you to apply your skills to the real world and develop an employment network.
-The certificate that is earned will provide evidence of reflective practice, employment and continuing education opportunities.
Upon completion of the Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program, you will be able to:
-Apply generic skills that will facilitate the practice of nursing, ongoing learning and self development, including effective communication and interpersonal skills
-Demonstrate scholarly writing
-Apply decision-making models that reflect critical thinking and self-reflection
-Assess knowledge appropriately and use research outcomes
-Acquire basic technological literacy skills
-Understand self, society, and its institutions in order to assume a role as a responsible citizen
-Practice from a primary health care perspective with a multi-cultural client population including individuals, families, groups and communities
-Provide nursing care to clients in complex healthcare situations
-Provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care that meets the current College of Nurses of Ontario professional standards for registered nurses
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, eligible 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.
-Public health nurse
-Critical care nurse
-Coronary care nurse
-Intensive care nurse
Areas of Employment
Graduates of the Bridging to University Nursing program in conjunction with Ryerson University will be prepared to work in a variety of settings inclusive of, but not limited to:
-Acute care hospital settings