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.
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.
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.
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.