Need help with RPN bridging to RN programs!

  1. I'm applying to Fanshawe college and I'm deciding whether or not to choose the RPN route or the Prehealth.. I'm accepted into prehealth right now, waitlisted for woodstock RPN and still being decided for London RPN.

    As far as I know there are 3 Universities that accept RPN / Fanshawe students; these are Ryerson, UOIT and McMaster. Are there any others? Are these difficult to get into?

    Is it better to go the Prehealth route ?

    Thanks so much in advance!
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  3. by   loriangel14
    I guess that repends on personal preference. Is the prehealth mandatory? I am an RPN and I don't know anyone who didn't just go straight into RPN.

    Are you saying that there are bridge programs that only accept RPNs from cetain colleges? I have looked into a few programs but did not encounter any stipulations about where you got you RPN.
  4. by   Twiggi
    No, if I decide I want to take rpn I would be entering straight into that program..
    I can either take
    RPN ---- > Bridge to RN
    Prehealth ---> Rn collab program with uow and fanshawe.

    I had questions about where in ontario there are universities that offer the
    bridging program as it seems that not all of them do..

    I am curious how do you like your job? What do you do as an rpn vs an RN?
    Would you like to upgrade?

    Thanks again
  5. by   loriangel14
    When I was searching for bridging programs I was looking at colleges that were offering them( in collaboration with a university). Through Georgian College you complete the bridging year and then take the rest of the BSN at the Georgian campus as well. I think some other programs you have to attend the university for the the last 2 years.

    I love my job. I am lucky enough to work with a great bunch of nurses I really like the patient's that I deal with. There is very little difference between my work and the RNs. I caanot hang blood or do IV push meds and I can't access or flush PICVC lines. I have my own patient assignment and I am responsible for my own practice.
    I wouldn't upgrade because of my situation. I didn't go into nursing school until I was 38 and I took a part time program so I was almost 42 when I finished. I will be 45 this year and I am still paying off my loan from last time so I don't think that going back is for me. I am quite happy being an RPN.
  6. by   Twiggi
    Good for you, and thanks i'll look into seeing if there are any colleges around that offer it.