Practical Nursing (PSW to PN Bridging Stream) - 758
- 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 two 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.
Semester 1: 2 Courses
Semester 2: Students move into Practical Nursing (715)
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Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees
2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Total Ancillary Fees||$670.02|
|Mandatory Program Fees||$0.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$2,516.48|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$2,516.48|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- Part-time OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
2018 - 2019 International Tuition and Fees
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$7,805.47|
|Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax||$0.00|
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00|
|Total International Charges Per Semester||$8,255.47|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$8,255.47|
- International Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP not eligible for International Students
- Full Cost Breakdown
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- This is a limited enrolment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program
Applicants are required to:
- Apply through Ontario Colleges to program number 758 Practical Nursing (PSW to PN Bridging Stream).
- 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
- Submit proof of completion of a Personal Support Worker Certificate program from an Ontario community college since 2006.*
- 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.
- Selected candidates from the above pool will be authorized to register in two 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
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.
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 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.
Where you can go next
- View our pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices.
- Visit Pathways and Credit Transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
- See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
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).
Program of Studies
Course Overview & Descriptions
- 2 courses
- Students move into Practical Nursing (715)
Click on the course title for a course description.
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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