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Updated: 2024-04-24 10:35:47

Personal Support Worker Bridging to Practical Nursing

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Students who started prior to Fall 2023

Personal Support Worker Bridging to Practical Nursing

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If you started or registered for the PSW to PN Bridging program prior to Fall 2023, please connect with our Customer Services Advisors in the Registrar’s Office directly to register for your courses.


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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 in two different steams: as a single course per semester stream or on a two-courses-per-semester stream. All courses are online except the final 7-hour Field Preparation course, which is held at the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough. 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 (INDG49) 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.

Course Materials

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Continuing Education & Corporate Training Office

705-749-5530 ext. 1502


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