I am about to graduate from the Full-time RPN program offered by Niagara College. I am currently completing my consolidation time as I am at the end of the program. The program itself has been great, though very stressful with all the changes and what not. If you are to be going through the modified route, I would not be too concerned as it is laid out pretty evenly. I have spoken with some part time and modified students and each of them seemed to have a life, job, and enjoyed the program. If you were to get into the full time program however, it is a little more crammed and would be a lot more stressful. Many teachers will tell you the first days of class to forget about family, friends, and jobs, as school will consume your life
Regardless, if you're in the modified or part time program, I believe you will enjoy it. Additionally, I believe Niagara College has one of the better choices of placements and such. I myself, will be consolidating for a month in the Emergency Room in St Catharines General Hospital. With that being said, I do not believe many schools
get the opportunity to send a student into the emergency room.
Goodluck! if you have any questions let me know and I will do my best to answer them!
EDIT: bridging opportunities are not the greatest with Niagara College. My goal is to become a Critical Care Nurse one day and that requires one to be a RN. Having said that, I am attending a full 4 year BScN program this coming fall as there are not many direct bridging programs available through Niagara. If you were to have the option, i'd recommend applying to collaborative nursing programs
as there are many available, and are easier to get into then full 4 year university program. The reason why I am choosing to just restart my 4 years instead of bridging is because many bridging programs require a) experience and b) registration. In order to have both, I would have to take the year off and work and then start the bridging program (which is 3 years long) come Sept 2013. Instead, I am choosing to take the full 4 year program as I will start right away and finish at the same time if I were to bridge. On top of that, my girlfriend had just been accepted to the same school so we will be attending together