PSW to RPN - page 3

by AshleyPSW

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Hey i'm just curious to know if anyone knows if there is a bridge program or what i have to do to go from PSW to RPN in ontario (Toronto, niagara region) area... Read More


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    Quote from 2bNurse-88
    Which schools allow that?

    I know there's essentially a "bridging" program ONLY offered at George Brown, but in reality it's just an extra year of RPN (so the bridge + RPN takes 3 years)

    There's no school in Ontario that puts PSW's into semester 2 of RPN. It's impossible. RPN's learn Biology, anatomy, theory, professional conduct in semester 1 that PSW's don't learn throughout their whole program, so how can you throw a PSW straight into semester 2, skipping all of that?

    There's no such thing. PSW's have to apply and start from the beginning just like anyone else.

    I believe I answered your question already. I also said "I believe" thats what it is, because i went straight to RPN, i didnt bridge. They didnt have the bridging back then.

    Maybe before condeming something you should do the research and find out the truth. I was simply trying to pass on the information that some one was asking for, because this bridging program is so new.

    FYI - my program was 2.5 years as well.
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    There is now a bridge for PSW to PN offered at Conestoga College. For the first 3 semester the course will be teach once a week and then full time starting semester 4. The course also offered off site and they are planning to teach the course somewhere in Peel Region, but in order to make this thing happen they have to find at least 30 qualified students. It will take 3.5 to 4 years to finish the course. You can contact the College for more informations. You will need to send them your PSW certificate, updated resume and high school transcipt for evaluation.
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    Quote from RuffaG.
    There is now a bridge for PSW to PN offered at Conestoga College. For the first 3 semester the course will be teach once a week and then full time starting semester 4. The course also offered off site and they are planning to teach the course somewhere in Peel Region, but in order to make this thing happen they have to find at least 30 qualified students. It will take 3.5 to 4 years to finish the course. You can contact the College for more informations. You will need to send them your PSW certificate, updated resume and high school transcipt for evaluation.
    Why would anyone do 3.5-4 years for a program that takes 2 years? Just because it's once a week for 3 semesters? Not worth it IMHO.
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    Quote from RescueNinja
    Why would anyone do 3.5-4 years for a program that takes 2 years? Just because it's once a week for 3 semesters? Not worth it IMHO.
    My RPN program took almost 4 years(2 nights/week for 5 semesters).I was a single mom with 2 little ones and I needed to keep working.I worked 7 days a week and went to school 6-1015 twice a week with only 1 week off at Christmas and no summer break.
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    A lot of my co-worker are actually interested with this new program since some of them are working full-time or just can't commit to go to school full-time. Remember Humber College also offer 3.5 years on their part-time program, but this one is not a bridging program.
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    Quote from RuffaG.
    A lot of my co-worker are actually interested with this new program since some of them are working full-time or just can't commit to go to school full-time. Remember Humber College also offer 3.5 years on their part-time program, but this one is not a bridging program.
    I see what you're saying about the part time schooling, but I just can't imagine dragging it out. Then again, I just finished my BScN and am probably still bitter about going through 4 years myself

    What is the benefit of the bridging program if the regular PT program is the same length/shorter? What are you able to skip?
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    I check the outline course and compare them to other college and there are some differences in terms of the subject being offer. For the first 2 semester its more on communications and English for health science, and then it will go more in depth starting semester 3. From what I know since we are already working in a nursing home, our clinical will held in the hospital rather. Just like other Colleges offering RPN program, there is also a pre admission test if ever the admission requirements are not met.
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    I know at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario... they have a Bridging program for PSW's

    It is 1 semester part time, after you complete that semester you are pushed into the 2nd semester of the RPN program. Officially it takes 2 years to complete (same as if you were to go directly) but you get "credit" for being a PSW by not having to do semester 1 of the PN program... which is pretty hard!

    But I think you have to pass with a certain GPA (prolly around 3.0) in the PSW Bridging program to even be considered.

    AND you may still have to pass the MANDATORY admissions testing to get into the PN program at GBC..

    Good Luck!!!



    *GBC is getting pretty picky over who they let into their program... I dunno why tho...
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    Quote from CDNPNstudent
    I know at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario... they have a Bridging program for PSW's

    It is 1 semester part time, after you complete that semester you are pushed into the 2nd semester of the RPN program. Officially it takes 2 years to complete (same as if you were to go directly) but you get "credit" for being a PSW by not having to do semester 1 of the PN program... which is pretty hard!

    But I think you have to pass with a certain GPA (prolly around 3.0) in the PSW Bridging program to even be considered.

    AND you may still have to pass the MANDATORY admissions testing to get into the PN program at GBC..

    Good Luck!!!



    *GBC is getting pretty picky over who they let into their program... I dunno why tho...

    I worry about what the PNs coming from these programs are missing out on by getting credit for the PSW program. My husband is a PSW...the PSW program teaches people how to do tasks. It really doesn't teach any "knowledge" when it comes to diseases, pt populations, etc.

    So, if by bridging you are able to skip 1st semester nsg lab or something then I would understand as it's basic nsg skills (baths, transfers, etc) which the PSWs certainly have, but if it's something in the sciences or nursing then I do worry...
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    Quote from RescueNinja
    I worry about what the PNs coming from these programs are missing out on by getting credit for the PSW program. My husband is a PSW...the PSW program teaches people how to do tasks. It really doesn't teach any "knowledge" when it comes to diseases, pt populations, etc.

    So, if by bridging you are able to skip 1st semester nsg lab or something then I would understand as it's basic nsg skills (baths, transfers, etc) which the PSWs certainly have, but if it's something in the sciences or nursing then I do worry...
    I agree with you. Skipping a portion of the PN course because of having your PSW certificate is not doing anyone a favour. Materials and skills taught in a PSW program are taught at a PSW level, not a nursing level. I took A&P my first semester of my RPN program. I couldn't imagine having skipped that.
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