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Personal Support Worker Bridging to Practical Nursing

Applications are now closed for the next intake.

We are currently evaluating applications. New applications for this program are closed at this time.

Program Highlights

Fleming College offers a bridging opportunity for practicing Personal Support Workers (PSW) who have graduated from a PSW program at a private or community college, to pursue the full-time Practical Nursing diploma at Fleming College (not transferable to the Practical Nursing Programs of other Ontario Colleges).

This part-time Bridging program is offered throughout the year and eligible students who successfully complete their program can apply for direct entry into the second semester of the full-time Fleming College Practical Nursing program. Please note that while the bridge will be offered on a part time basis, Bridging students are only eligible to apply to the full-time program located at the Sutherland campus in Peterborough.

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.

Bridged Nursing Theory (NRSG250) must be taken in the first semester you are enrolled in the program.

Bridge PSW to PN: Field Preparation for PSW Bridging to PN (NRSG193) must be taken last.

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.

Admission Requirements

Completion of a recognized Ontario PSW Certificate

Minimum average of 65% in all PSW certificate courses

Career Opportunities

Those who successfully complete the bridging program and are accepted into semester two of the Practical Nursing program can 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.

Further Study

Once you have completed your Bridging courses, you will be eligible to apply for direct entry into Semester 2 of the full time PN Program. You will be required to take Introduction to Indigenous Studies (GNED49) as your semester 2 general elective course. We have limited seats reserved for successful bridging students each semester. Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Courses in Personal Support Worker Bridging to Practical Nursing

Details and registration below



Bridged Nursing Theory


In preparation to enter the second semester of the PN program students 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 the process of developing learning plans and nursing care plans. Emphasis is placed on humanistic caring, reflective practice, therapeutic use of self, and health promotion. This course must be taken as one of your first semester courses in the PSW to PN Bridging Program.

There are no scheduled classes at this time.

Clinical Nursing Informatics


This course is designed for Practical Nursing Students to examine the core concepts related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and how they can be used to promote and provide safe nursing care. Will explore Health Information Systems (HISs), the components of the Electronic Health Record (EHR), and other technology available in health care settings that contribute to patient care. Will also explain the importance and need for privacy, confidentiality, and security in the collection and use of health information.

There are no scheduled classes at this time.

Math For Nursing


This course prepares the Practical Nursing Student to use numerical skills in the administration of nursing care including the administration of medication and intravenous solution, fluid balance and other numerical calculations applicable to safe nursing care. This course will provide review and practice of basic mathematical calculations of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportions and, conversions. Included will be Systems of Measurement with a focus on S.I. Metric System and common conversions. Practice of numerical skills and out of class assignments will be a major component of the course with a focus on the importance of consistency in accuracy. Students will be successful in passing this course with a grade of 70%.

There are no scheduled classes at this time.

Communications I (English I)


Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments.

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42 hours


Ontario Learn


42 hours


Ontario Learn


42 hours


Ontario Learn


Anatomy & Physiology I


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, nervous and special senses.

There are no scheduled classes at this time.

Bridge PSW to PN: 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.

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Saturday (9:00am - 5:00pm) · Saturday

7 hours


  • Kym Kvasnak
  • Lori Mcquaid


Sutherland Campus


Course Materials

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705-749-5530 ext. 1502


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