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Personal Support Worker Bridging to Practical Nursing

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 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Further Study

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.

2021 Application Deadlines

  • Winter 2021:
    5:00 pm, Monday, November 30th, 2020
  • Spring 2021:
    5:00 pm, Monday, March 29th, 2021
  • Fall 2021:
    As this program is currently oversubscribed, the College is not accepting any applications for Fall 2021

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus store in-person or online: Peterborough Campus Store or Lindsay Campus Store.

Courses in Personal Support Worker Bridging to Practical Nursing

Details and registration below

Mandatory Courses

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.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

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.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

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.

This course will run asynchronously in an online format.

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%.

This class will run in a live online format from 6pm - 9pm on Monday evenings.

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.

This session is waitlisted
  • Lori Mcquaid

Tuesday (9:00am - 5:00pm)

This session is waitlisted
  • Lori Mcquaid


This session is waitlisted
  • Lori Mcquaid

Thursday (9:00am - 5:00pm)

Communications I (English I) (LANG034)

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.

Anatomy and Physiology I (NRSG163)

"This is an orientation to the normal human body and its functions including an introduction to the concepts of complimentarily, metabolism, fundamental physiological needs and homeostasis. The levels of body organization are then examined and all knowledge is then applied to the study of the integumentary, skeletal, muscle and the nervous systems. Learner preparation and learning activities are designed to promote critical thinking. Part one of two courses. NOTE: The passing grade for this course is 60%."

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