RPN Bridge Semester into Honours Bachelor of Science in NursingNEW
The bridge semester is an education pathway designed recognize the credentials of registered practical nurses and support their advanced standing into Loyalist's new Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Upon successful completion of the six courses in the bridge semester curriculum, students will be eligible for entry into Semester 5 of Loyalist's Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
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Find your career
The Bay of Quinte region has a chronic shortage of registered nurses. The demand for nurses is anticipated to grow and accelerate over the next few decades. This pattern is projected throughout Ontario and across Canada as the demand for registered nurses increases in proportion to the country’s aging and growing population. Graduates of the Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program will find their skills are in-demand throughout the healthcare sector.
Nurses provide care for patients in all conditions, at all stages of life – from prenatal health to palliative care – in diverse settings:
- In hospitals, specializing in surgical and post-surgical care; emergency; intensive care; care of the childbearing family and children; geriatrics; cardiovascular care; oncology (cancer); and mental health.
- In rehabilitation centres, hospices, primary care offices, nursing homes, and community agencies providing home care.
- As educators in public health units, schools, Telehealth, workplace wellness programs, family planning and baby wellness clinics.
- In research and progressive leadership positions in health and government.
Is it for you?
A career in Nursing is both challenging and rewarding. People of all ages can thrive in this program. They must be:
- Passionate about helping others
- Inquisitive and eager to learn
- Driven to make a difference in the health of individuals, families and communities
- Proficient at math and science
- Mature and reliable
- Great communicators
- Willing to work as part of a team
- Willing to reflect and seek feedback
- Prepared to work evenings and weekends
Loyalist College provides an intensive, hands-on learning approach characterized by small class sizes; dedicated faculty; close ties to employers; strong work-integrated learning; Indigenous perspectives embedded in the curriculum and innovative teaching practices including simulation and hybrid delivery.
- Engage with guest speakers and Indigenous educators to discuss and engage in Indigenous health and culturally inclusive collaborative initiatives with First Nations communities, as well as interprofessional education in global health settings.
- Research practice issues and problems, prepare conceptual arguments, draw conclusions and prepare papers and presentations.
- Review both quantitative and qualitative data and have access to research reports, library materials and databases at the forefront of the field of practice.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Faculty members are experienced registered nurses with varied backgrounds in mental health, maternal child care, palliative care, acute care, emergency and trauma care, chronic illness and rehabilitation, long-term care and community nursing.
- Many faculty members continue to work in their fields, with up-to-the-minute knowledge of clinical practices and several faculty members hold speciality certifications from the Canadian Nurses Association.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2022 – 23)
- Domestic Tuition: $9,531 (year one – three semesters), $6,354 (year two – two semesters) plus ancillary fees per year.*
*Fees are subject to change. Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation:
- Graduate of an Ontario College Practical Nursing diploma program in the last seven years with a minimum of 75%
- Hold a registration in good standing without history of disciplinary action with the College of Nurses Ontario
- Worked for a minimum of two years full-time (or 2,000 hours) post-graduation as a Registered Practical Nurse
Applicants will be required to provide the following supporting documentation with their application:
- Full Practical Nursing diploma transcript
- Proof of current CNO registration
- Signed declaration form indicating a minimum of 2,000 hours of practice experience in the role of a registered practical nurse