Personal Support Worker Bridging to Practical Nursing
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 their Practical Nursing diploma.
The part-time program is 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. Please note that while the bridge 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. We have up to 10 seats available for Bridging students every semester. If there are more students eligible than there are seats available each semester, the seats are filled based on Bridging Program GPA.
To apply to this program, please complete and submit this application form.
Courses in Personal Support Worker Bridging to Practical Nursing
Anatomy & Physiology I (SCIE157)
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.
Communications I (COMM201)
Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.
Bridged Nursing Theory (NRSG250)
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.
Clinical Nursing Informatics (COMP582)
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.
Math For Nursing (NRSG222)
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%.
Bridge PSW to PN: Field Preparation for PSW Bridging to PN (NRSG193)
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.