Practical Nursing (PSW to PN Bridging Stream) - 758

Ontario College Diploma
One year or less
Upgrade your Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate to earn a Practical Nursing Diploma

For graduates of Personal Support Worker programs from Accredited Ontario Colleges since 2006 only.

Program Highlights

  • This bridging stream is for certificate-prepared PSW students from a community college since 2006
  • Experience collaborative learning the methodology used where you are responsible for your own learning and for contributing to the learning of your peers. Faculty members provide structure and act as facilitators through consultation, assisting with group collaborative activities and providing feedback

Clinical Placements

Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placement activity.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experience is provided in health care agencies throughout Ontario.

Registration to Practice Nursing

After successful completion of the Practical Nursing diploma program, graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Practical Nurse Examination (CRPNE) which is administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

Program Coordinator

Minimum requirements for admission to the Practical Nursing (PSW to PN Bridging Stream)

NOTE: This is a limited enrollment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

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This is a limited enrollment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program

Applicants are required to:

  1. Apply through (opens new window) to program number 758 Practical Nursing (PSW to PN Bridging Stream)
  2. Submit proof of completion of the following courses:
    • Grade 12 English C or U
    • Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics C, M or U (M or U recommended)
    • 2 Grade 11 or 12 Sciences
    • These are the same requirements for applying directly to the Practical Nursing program
  3. Submit proof of completion of a Personal Support Worker Certificate program in Accredited Ontario Colleges since 2006.
  4. Upon verification of points 2 and 3, applicants will be invited to: Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination (HOAE) test ($50 fee) arranged with the Mohawk Pre-Admission Testing Centre.

  5. Upon successful completion of point 4 (HOAE testing), applicants will be invited to: Complete a questionnaire which will be reviewed by the academic area.

  6. Selected candidates from the above pool will be authorized to register in two courses offered prior to program start.

Effective January, 2005, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) requires all applicants for registration or reinstatement from within Canada to provide a recent Criminal Record Synopsis (CIPC check) as part of the registration process.

Note: This program may require students to bring their own mobile computer devices (BYOD) to classes.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply before the application end date. Read more about Competitive Programs.

Pre-Clinical Requirements

All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.

Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter or continue in a clinical placement while in the program.

Career Opportunities

The Practical Nursing Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities

Nursing careers may involve the following

Industries of Employment

  • Hospitals, Physicians' Offices, Retirement Homes, Community Agencies, Nursing Homes and Long Term Care Homes
  • Business and Industry

Occupational Categories

  • Registered Practical Nurse

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.


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