Personal Support Worker Bridging to Practical Nursing
Fleming College has developed two bridging opportunities for practicing Personal Support Workers (PSW) who have graduated from a PSW program at a community college, to pursue their Practical Nursing diploma.
The part-time programs are offered throughout the year and eligible students who successfully complete their program may be granted direct entry into the second semester of the full-time Fleming College Practical Nursing program in January each year. Please note that while the bridges will be offered on a part time basis and potentially at multiple campuses, the PN program will continue to be offered as a full time day program at the Sutherland campus in Peterborough.
Why Choose Fleming
The Personal Support Worker Bridge and the Practical Nursing program have strong links with Peterborough and the surrounding community's health care facilities and organizations, ensuring you receive excellent clinical opportunities to explore various aspects of nursing. Fleming College is a community based learning environment with the first long-term care faculty (St. Joseph's at Fleming) built on a college or university campus.
Eligible grads can expect to enter the Practical Nursing program and pursue their career goals of working as an RPN in acute care settings, community health agencies, industry, clinics, doctor's offices and long-term care facilities.
Once you have completed your Bridging courses, you will be eligible for Semester 2 of the full time PN Program and you will complete semesters 2,3 and 4 in the full time PN Program. You must complete all the courses you require by the end of August to be eligible for the following January. We have 30 seats available for Bridging students every January Semester 2. If there are more than 30 students eligible, the seats are filled based on marks from your Bridging courses.
To apply to this program, please complete and submit this application form.
Anatomy and Physiology I (In Class)
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. It will begin with an introduction to the organization and the cellular/tissue basis of the human body. The systems that will be focused on in this course are: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, fundamentals of the nervous system, cardiovascular system (blood, heart, and peripheral vascular), lymphatic, and gastrointestinal.
Bridged Anatomy & Physiology I
For Personal Support Workers. Gain a deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body by examining the body's organization and cellular/tissue. We will focus on the integumentary, skeletal and muscular systems, as well as the fundamentals of the nervous system, cardiovascular system (blood, heart, and peripheral vascular), lymphatic, and gastrointestinal systems. Restricted to PSW to PN Bridging Students.
College Communications for the Helping Professions
This first semester course will introduce students to the essential communication skills required to be successful in their chosen post-secondary program. These skills include reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking. Through a series of written assignments, in-class discussions based on readings, and lab activities, students will improve their overall communication skills. Students of COMM79 will engage in a series of activities and assignments designed to provide the essential language skills required for academic success.
Field Preparation for PSW Bridging to PN
Prepare for your bridging process from PSW to the rigorous academic demands of the practical nursing program. We will help you develop study skill techniques, test-taking strategies, and critical thinking skills. A review of the nursing process and assessment frameworks in the clinical setting will help you with your clinical assignments. Applied lab practice will include updating and refining skills in blood pressure measurement, vital signs, and topical medication administration.
Working in the Windows 7 environment, this computer course introduces the student to computer basics (computer terminology, e-mail, file management) and the application and use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software using Microsoft Office 2013. Through the extensive use of hands-on activities, students will gain sufficient knowledge and experience to make productive use of computers as a tool in the college and workplace environments. (For PSW Bridging to Practical Nursing students- 1 hour of teacher instruction plus 2 hours self-guided computer lab weekly).
Non-violent Crisis Intervention (CPI)
Gain the essential skills to deal with crisis situations with confidence, preserving the overall quality of client service. Learn how to handle assaultive, disruptive, and out-of-control behavior through a combination of verbal, non-verbal and physical intervention skills to enable you to control crisis situations even during the most violent moments. Restricted to PSW to PN Bridging Students.
Transitional Concepts for PSW Bridging
In preparation to entering the second semester of the PN program you will explore the theory, principles, and concepts specific to the practical nursing curriculum. We examine health promotion across the lifespan, application of a framework using the nursing process, legislative regulations and governance specific to the practice of nursing and pharmacological administrative responsibilities. Emphasis is placed on humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, and health promotion. Restricted to PSW to PN Bridging Students.