Can a RPN get a degree through Athabasca then return back to Ontario to work?

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    I'm currently a RPN interested in applying to Athabasca Univ. bridging program. I have a few questions concerning the course that I could not find on the website or by calling CNO if anyone else knows that would be great!!

    1. Can a RPN get into the LPN to BSN program at Athabasca?

    2. Upon completion of the course can I return back to my home province Ontario to write the provincial exam and work as a RN?

    3. Is this degree acceptable in Ontario to work as a RN?

    4. Other then the 1700 hours needed to work as a practical nurse is there anything else I need to finish before applying to this program?

    5. Is this course only 2 years long? So I can work and also get my degree at the same time!!?


    Thank-You in advance!
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    Yes, you can work and do the degree at the same time. You will have to travel to Alberta for clinicals, however, including a one month consolidaiton. You have to find your own place to live while you are there.

    The program *can* be done in 2 years, if you take a full course load each semester. Some of my friends are doing this program, and have just begun. I don't believe they had anything else aside from the 1700 hours prior to applying, except and Alberta LPN license.

    The exam you write is not a provincial one, it is the same across Canada, and after writing it, you can apply for license in any province I believe (not sure about Quebec).

    Good luck!
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    It can be done but I heard its very costly. First you will need that 1 yrs of full time hrs then pay to write the on Evan in Alberta then add in traveling tuition and living expenses for clinicals in Alberta. Why not just bridge in Ontario. I myself am a new pn and applying to bridge at university of Ontario starting this fall
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    There are loads of threads on AU and all the questions have been answered there
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    Quote from WildOne
    It can be done but I heard its very costly. First you will need that 1 yrs of full time hrs then pay to write the on Evan in Alberta then add in traveling tuition and living expenses for clinicals in Alberta. Why not just bridge in Ontario. I myself am a new pn and applying to bridge at university of Ontario starting this fall
    I always wonder about these programmes that require zero expeience.

    The bridge was developed to allow experienced LPNs to upgrade their education and skills base to RN status. Now it appears in Ontario it is being used as a ladder into the RN programme when marks weren't high enough in the first place.
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    Quote from Fiona59

    I always wonder about these programmes that require zero expeience.

    The bridge was developed to allow experienced LPNs to upgrade their education and skills base to RN status. Now it appears in Ontario it is being used as a ladder into the RN programme when marks weren't high enough in the first place.
    If you meet the admission requirements and pay your tuition, climb away.


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