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Hello, guy I have posted on this forum about this before, and now at a crossroad. The situation right now is that my Gpa is at 2.93 and I have 2 more classes to go before my final semester of pre-grad clinical. I have found that if I take a extra semester before pre-grad, I can upgrade my gpa to exactly 3.0. Now the thing is I have failed a course (at Centennial), and have been looking in what program is good for me. I just wanted a perspective on what other programs offer face to face experience in terms of bridging with what I have. I am willing to travel to a different region of Canada in order to get the face to face experience, I am just wanting to have the opportunity to take part in a bridging program. The only 2 options I have found is Nissipiping and Athabaska University, which are both online, with Nisspisping offering blended delivery. I have looked into UoiT and found that there program is offering acceptance at 82% as cut off; however when I called them I found that there acceptance this year was 86% and even If I take the upgrading classes to boost up 12% it will be a giant waste of time, since I will have exactly 82% from the maximum upgrading... I am just despirate for options at this time. Is it possible to go to Vancouver or elsewhere to do my bridging or any option at all. Thanks

Try Ottawa U - Algonquin bridging program.

You really think I have a shoot with a 3.0?

I am not sure why you keep posting the same question again.

Nothing has changed from your first post your GPA is the same and the schools in Ontario that will not accept students who failed a nursing course remains the same.

My suggestion is finish up the program and get your license then make a decision going forward, please note you are not alone many are in your situation. For the Ottawa bridging course you need 900 working hours as a RPN in order to qualify. Contact the schools yourself and do your research.

If RN is your goal then complete the RPN program first then consider either working and then applying or specializing in RPN to boast up your GPA. Finish up the RPN program first.

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Hello @danthemano,

As I look through various threads r/t bridging in Ontario on this website, there have been countless times that I've stumbled upon your posts regarding your current situation and desire to bridge/become and RN. I understand your need to find answers, as it must be frustrating to be in such situation. However, riding along the same boat as @RPN_student (as well as the other ppl from other threads who have gave similar advice, as I've noticed)... FOCUS on getting through the program first/finishing off strongly-- even if you've failed that course. Try your best to get the grades that you are content with-- then, if you feel like your marks in such 2 courses you have left will raise your average a bit, then maybe consider your next steps! Most of all, focus on that upcoming CPNRE! Sure continue to ask questions whether it's to the schools that offer such bridging programs, or through this website, but face it-- time and time again, you'll likely be given the answer that such (and most, if not all I believe... not too sure?) programs will (Likely) not accept students who have failed a course(s), and/or don't have a (usually) 80%+ average. I'm not trying to be harsh or let down any of your hopes, but it's just the reality of these bridging programs-- they're competitive, therefore the requirements are the way they are. Remember these programs prepare you for the transition to becoming an RN-- hence since the scope of practice is wider than an RPN... that means more broadening of knowledge/skills throughout those years of learning in bridging = so the program will likely be more intense/difficult, but of course doable. If you're already having difficulty in a course(s) or perhaps your program, how much more in bridging? (Just something for thought...). If let's say that you aren't able to find any other options to become an RN after you complete your program, remember it's not the end of the world :) -- there are so many other options you could do with your career as an RPN (e.g. several colleges in ON offer continuing ed courses; e.g. Centennial offers a "RPN Operating Room" program)! No matter what, best of luck.

Thank you so much for your comment! You are right, i've been trying for months on end now to see if there is a loop anywhere, not really, you just gotta finish the program strong, I was thinking about taking a semester before preceptorship to retake all my gned classes to see if I can improve my gpa. I'll keep what your said in mind about the CPNRE and focusing more on that. Thank you good luck!

Try, and let us know if you get accepted or not.

Thank you so much for your comment! You are right, i've been trying for months on end now to see if there is a loop anywhere, not really, you just gotta finish the program strong, I was thinking about taking a semester before preceptorship to retake all my gned classes to see if I can improve my gpa. I'll keep what your said in mind about the CPNRE and focusing more on that. Thank you good luck!

After all this time please tell me you spoke to the nursing coordinators/department faculty or academic advising. The amount of time you need to spend to upgrade you may as well take the BScN from year 1 if being an RN is your goal. I would contact the collaborative BScN program coordinator and admissions officer for the nursing programs at Centennial to see if you can enter the BScN year 1 after completing your practical nursing diploma. You may need to have designated pre-requisit high school courses to meet their minimum admissions requirement.

Since you're willing to even look into going to another province to do RN... you could try this option. If bridging is no longer an available option for you, you could just straight apply to any university for their RN program with your high school diploma. (Upgrade your science and math if your grades are low, they only look at your top 6 classes anyways) It's 4 years rather than 3 with bridging. I feel like they're less strict on grades/fails if you're applying straight into Uni as opposed to bridging from an RPN. I'm working in a hospital with a new grad RN who failed a couple of courses in their first year and graduated from Ryerson with just a 3.0 GPA. She still ended up passing her NCLEX on first try.

Since you're willing to even look into going to another province to do RN... you could try this option. If bridging is no longer an available option for you, you could just straight apply to any university for their RN program with your high school diploma. (Upgrade your science and math if your grades are low, they only look at your top 6 classes anyways) It's 4 years rather than 3 with bridging. I feel like they're less strict on grades/fails if you're applying straight into Uni as opposed to bridging from an RPN. I'm working in a hospital with a new grad RN who failed a couple of courses in their first year and graduated from Ryerson with just a 3.0 GPA. She still ended up passing her NCLEX on first try.

Upgrading high school math/science courses is a more cost effective approach and @danothemano you'll be applying as a mature student. You're failure in pathophysiology in practical nursing will not hinder your application but your successful completion of your practical nursing diploma will increase your chances and I think if you speak directly to the nursing admissions personnel you may be able to save the application fee for OCAS.