Practical Nursing (PSW to PN Bridging Stream) - 758

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Progress from a Personal Support Worker (PSW) certificate to a nursing diploma and the professional designation of a Registered Practical Nurse upon completion of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) Exam.

Program Highlights

  • Bridging stream for certificate prepared Personal Support Worker students from an accredited community college program since 2006.
  • Integrated into the full-time Practical Nursing program as a part-time student for three courses.
  • Collaborative learning environment where you and your peers will experience simulated and real-life opportunities in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.
  • Clinical practice in a wide variety of health care settings.

What you'll learn

  • Interact with faculty members who provide structure and act as facilitators through consultation, assisting with group collaborative activities and providing feedback.
  • Acquire the professional knowledge, skills, accountability and responsibility for nursing practice through curriculum that is grounded in the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) RPN Entry-to-Practice Competencies.

Program Length

Semester 1: 3 Courses
Semester 2: Students move into Practical Nursing (715)

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Tuition and Fees

2019 - 2020 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $704.63
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43
Co-op Fees N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,661.81
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,470.87
Total 1st Year Fees $2,470.87

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2019 - 2020 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,965.57
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43
Co-op Fees N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00
Total International Per Semester $8,520.00
Total 1st Year Fees $8,520.00

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Additional Information


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

Applicants are required to:

  1. Apply through Ontario Colleges 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 (biology, chemistry or physics)
    • 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 from an Ontario community college since 2006.*
  4. All applicants to this program must complete a mandatory standardized Health Occupation Aptitude Examination (HOAE) as part of the selection process. There is a fee of $50.00 for this test.
  5. Selected candidates from the above pool will be authorized to register in three courses offered prior to the 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.
  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges.

*This is a 16-month continuous program. Semester 1 is 3 courses, (part time semester) if successful (must pass both with 60%) will move into semester 2 of the PN program. If unsuccessful with semester 1 courses reapplication is necessary. Semester 2, 3 & 4 (full time semester) of the Practical Nursing program.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1 for September start

Apply by June 1 for January start

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Apply concepts from nursing and related disciplines to your experiences in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.
  • Through simulation using both high-tech equipment and standardized patients.

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.

To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your Police Check is 'not clear', your acceptance and suitability for placement is at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if reused by the agency.

Clinical placements

Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. Students should expect to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placements in our catchment area that includes Hamilton, Brantford, Halton, Niagara, Norfolk and surrounding regions.




Mohawk Pathways 

Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from the Practical Nursing (PSW to PN Bridging Stream) program are eligible to enroll into the following Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs:


Your future career options

  • Registered Practical Nurse

Where you could work includes:

  • Hospitals, Physicians’ Offices, Retirement Homes, Community Agencies, Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Research and Policy
  • Occupational Health
  • Business and Industry: corrections/forensics, laser and cosmetic clinics, sales representative for health care products

Opportunities for grads

  • Upon graduation and successful completion of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) licensing exams, you will become a member of this regulated profession.
  • Membership with the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO).

Course Overview & Descriptions

Semester 1

  • NRSG 10065: Professional Development 1
  • NRSG 10062: Practicum 1 Lab
  • HSCI 10171: Anatomy Physiology

Semester 2

Click on the course title for a course description.

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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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