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RPN-BSCN Bridging Application 2019

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Which school has the best RPN-BSCN bridging program?

  1. 1. Which school has the best RPN-BSCN bridging program?

    • George Brown-Trent
    • Barrie or Oshawa-UOIT
    • In-Class or Online-Nipissing
    • Lambton-U of Windsor
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    • Conestoga or Mohawk-McMaster
    • Algonquin-U of Ottawa
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Hello, I will be completed my pregraduate semester in Jan 2018 in hopes of graduating from my RPN program at Centennial College in Apr 2018. I plan on taking my RPN licensing exam shortly after (probably within the next 2-4 months), and plan to have my CNO RPN license by June-August. I know the deadline for equal consideration to apply for the POST RPN program is Feb 1st, 2018, even though the program doesn't start until Sept 2019. Would I be able to apply by Feb 1st, 2018, for consideration into the program and provide proof of my RPN diploma and CNO RPN license after I complete it in June-Aug? Or would I have to wait until after I have my RPN diploma and CNO RPN license (which would be after the deadline of equal consideration (Feb 1st, 2018) to apply for the Post RPN program?

BTW: I was previously in the BSCN (2.7 GPA, one failed course) from 2013-16, switched to the practical Nursing program (3.7 GPA with no failed or repeated course) from 2016-present.

P.S. I have already emailed the schools I am interested in, to ask them the very question Im asking now, but I just wanted other students opinions/experiences.

Thanks! :)

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I'm at GBC now and i wouldn't say its the best program ever, but it isn't awful either. If you speak english as a first language that gives you a big advantage since there are about 100 writing assignments in the first semester. If you are confident with your writing skills then I would recommend it.

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GBC_Student has 5 years experience as a BSN, LPN.

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I can't speak about the other bridging programs, but I can speak for the GBC program. GBC is very disorganized. Very frustrating to deal with. I think the bridge portion is a bit better than the rpn program there. The Trent portion is so so. Our community placement was a joke. A lot of people ended up in daycares working under ECE workers. Nothing wrong with that if you're an ECE student, not fun for the nursing students.

The acute care placement happens in the summer semester before your last year. It was a good placement but it sucks having to do an extra semester that other schools like ryerson don't have.

You do two consolidation placements which is good or bad depending on how you look at it. I don't mind it. They let you make requests for your last two placements, but you don't have much control over where they send you. I was lucky and got something that was related to what I wanted. But the whole process has left a lot of students frustrated.

The bridge is easy, just really busy. It's not bad and the placement I had was pretty decent. The Trent portion isn't great but honestly it could be worse. The course load isn't unreasonable, but some of the courses will have you shaking your head. The chronic and acute illness courses are interesting. The lab time to practice skills isn't nearly enough. Overall you can probably do worse for an rpn to rn bridging program, but you can probably do better.

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I say UOIT is pretty organized and the profs are pretty good. They just recently built a new building with an updated nursing lab in it. I say the school is fairly new and expanding quite well.

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xokw has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Yes you can. That's what many of us had to do (apply before we were registered). Most schools will offer you a conditional acceptance based on you being registered before the middle of August-ish.

I completed the RPN-BScN program at Conestoga/McMaster if you have any questions.

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Sonyarm has 1 years experience.

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On 12/14/2018 at 7:18 PM, xokw said:

Yes you can. That's what many of us had to do (apply before we were registered). Most schools will offer you a conditional acceptance based on you being registered before the middle of August-ish.

I completed the RPN-BScN program at Conestoga/McMaster if you have any questions.

Hey XOKW, regarding this, I applied to the RPN-BScN @ Mohawk/McMaster for September 2019, I finish Practical Nursing at Mohawk in April 2019. It says to submit proof of CNO documentation before March 30th. I emailed Mohawk and they said documentation could be a copy of when your CNO Exam is scheduled.

I already paid my application fee to the CNO for RPN but they need my final transcripts before they can schedule the CNO exam. Did you have enough time to send in your "proof" by the time indicated (for me March 30th, 2019)? 

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xokw has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Hmm I’m not sure. Things were done really differently back then. I wrote in 2013 and back then it was paper-based and we all wrote on one day in big auditoriums. The school submitted your name to the CNO like really early (I believe I got my paperwork in the winter) and it was booked and paid for like 4 or 5 months in advance. It’s totally different now so I really have no idea. Sorry :(

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Hello. I just finished the RPN-BScN program via Centennial C-Ryerson U. The experience was "unforgettable" but I made it. I just passed NCLEX this Feb 28th/19. 

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On 2/20/2019 at 5:29 PM, Sonyarm said:

Hey XOKW, regarding this, I applied to the RPN-BScN @ Mohawk/McMaster for September 2019, I finish Practical Nursing at Mohawk in April 2019. It says to submit proof of CNO documentation before March 30th. I emailed Mohawk and they said documentation could be a copy of when your CNO Exam is scheduled.

I already paid my application fee to the CNO for RPN but they need my final transcripts before they can schedule the CNO exam. Did you have enough time to send in your "proof" by the time indicated (for me March 30th, 2019)? 

This is exactly what I’m confused about! Did you get any answers? I ended up emailing in my receipt of paying for the CNO registration but I have no clue what’s going on with the March 30th deadline as no other schools requires proof of CNO registration until August 15th! And for us who graduate next month, we won’t really have proof of registration until we pass our exam:/

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Sonyarm has 1 years experience.

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So I just did a lot of digging and I also asked some fellow classmates what they handed in and it was a variety. So I sent anything that could help: sent in the official receipt of my application payment for CNO,  an unofficial transcript from my school which shows I'm about to finish (I didnt have enough time to order an official transcript), I received an email from the CNO saying I can now apply so I sent that as well, and I included my OCAS number and application number. I sent all of these documents to OCAS through the mail. They have their address on their website. After a few days I saw they ONLY uploaded my receipt of my application payment to the education section of OCAS online in supplementary documentation. So I guess that's all you need for "CNO proof". The deadline was March 30th.

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I spoke to the lady for nursing admissions and was told first round offers will be out the first week of May so I can only assume that will be next week. 

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On 11/27/2018 at 11:53 AM, LisaStone said:

I'm at GBC now and i wouldn't say its the best program ever, but it isn't awful either. If you speak english as a first language that gives you a big advantage since there are about 100 writing assignments in the first semester. If you are confident with your writing skills then I would recommend it.

Hi Lisa Stone, Im planning on taking the bridge to rn program at George Brown and was wondering if you have the course outlines for the courses.  I have tried to find them on their website but they dont have them online.  Thanks!

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