This pathway program is open to any Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Ontario who would like to enrol in a Practical Nursing (PN) program that will prepare them to qualify as Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in Ontario. The courses are designed to offer flexible study options for working PSWs for core components of the pathway to Practical Nursing programs offered at Ontario’s public colleges. All courses are online through the OntarioLearn’s Nursing Transformation-PSW to PN Pathway program.
Students who successfully complete each of the pathway courses with a minimum passing grade of 60% (*80% in Math for Practical Nurses) are eligible to apply through the Ontario Colleges’ Application Service (OCAS) for direct admission into Semester Two of a PN Diploma Program at a public college in Ontario. Graduates of approved PN programs are eligible to apply to the College of Nurses of Ontario to write the registration exam to practice in Ontario as an RPN.
The PSW to PN bridge courses are available to PSWs who:
Students are required to complete and submit this form to indicate that the program's admission requirements have been met and upload their official transcripts.
You must complete the application form, provide required documentation, and receive an Admission Acceptance Letter before you can register for courses in this program.
STEP 1: Complete the Application form
STEP 2: Email the following required documentation to ConEd@flemingcollege.ca
- Proof of graduation with a 65 percent average from a PSW program in Ontario that meets the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities program standards (includes PSW programs offered by the public colleges, private career colleges, and district school boards in Ontario). Applications that do not include proof of PSW graduation will not be reviewed.
- Employment letter(s) to show that you have worked as a PSW in Ontario on a regular basis within the past five years
Note, if you do not meet these criteria and are interested in exploring options for becoming a Practical Nurse, please visit Fleming’s Practical Nursing program page.
The Fleming College Practical Nursing (PSW-PN bridge) is for Students who successfully complete each of the PSW to PN bridge courses with the minimum grades listed in the Admission Requirements.
Successful candidates will be granted advanced standing into semester 2 of the Fleming College Practical Nursing (PNII) program.
Please Note: Completion of the Bridging Program does not guarantee entrance into the Practical Nursing Program. There will be a minimum of one semester between your completion of the bridging program and consideration of your application into the second semester of the Practical Nursing Program.
Our courses are flexible and while each course will have a schedule to follow, coursework may be completed at any time within the week.
PSWs enrolled in the PSW to PN bridge may be eligible for tuition reimbursement through the Bridging Educational Grant in Nursing (BEGIN) program offered by the Registered Practical Nurses Association, also known as WeRPN.
BEGIN provides Ontario PSWs and RPNs with tuition reimbursement grants to explore new pathways in nursing and expand their careers. Visit the WeRPN BEGIN Student Toolkit for eligibility and program details. For more information visit begin.werpn.com or email email@example.com
The PSW to PN bridge consists of six courses and are offered online, with monthly intakes, are asynchronous. Students are not required to take all courses simultaneously.