RPN to BScN Bridge Program

RPN to RN: Advance your nursing career with bridging courses

The RPN to The Bachelor of Science - Nursing (Honours) - BScN Bridge Program at St. Lawrence College (SLC) offers a comprehensive nursing education that provides already practicing RPNs the opportunity to complete 7 bridging courses that prepare the learner to enter the BScN program at semester/level 5.

There are two options available to students who wish to bridge between their RPN practice to the BScN program.


This option provides students with the opportunity to participate in courses via Microsoft Teams. Classes are led by a course professor who will engage students through interactive teaching practices. Attendance is NOT mandatory as classes are recorded and posted for students at a later time. This method is ideal for a student who appreciates the opportunity to ask questions in real time and engage with other classmates to synthesize the course content.

Students who complete this pathway are eligible to apply for advanced level entry to the St Lawrence College BScN program.  

For more information please see the link below or email



The Nursing Transformation Registered Practical Nursing (RPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Pathway is a new, flexible online bridge approved by the College of Nurses (CNO).  The pathway consists of courses available for Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) interested in completing a BScN program at a participating Ontario college. The pathway will allow eligible graduates of a CNO-approved Practical Nursing diploma program to earn credits towards the degree on their own schedule. This method is ideal for a student who appreciates the opportunity to work through course material independently.

Students must be accepted into the pathway prior to registering for the pathway courses.  Those who successfully complete the pathway courses will be eligible to apply to enter semester 5 (Year 3) of that college’s eight-semester (4-year) degree program. 

Graduates of an approved BScN program will be eligible to apply to CNO to write the registration exam to qualify for practice as an RN.

If you have any general questions about the Nursing Transformation RPN-BScN pathway or need support navigating the process, please see the link below or send an email to the Nursing Transformation Career Readiness Service at

*It is important to note that students who complete this pathway may be expected to take additional bridge courses in order to meet the requirements of the program of study at participating Ontario Colleges. These will be incorporated into your course schedule once accepted into the BScN program at your accepting college.

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Bachelor of Science - Nursing (Honours)

  • Campus: This program is available in our KingstonBrockville and Cornwall campuses
  • Credential: Degree
  • Program length: 4 years (2 years with advanced entry into year 3 or semester/level 5 of the BScN program)

Practical Nurse Perioperative Nursing

  • Campus: This program is available online, with labs to be completed at the Brockville Campus
  • Credential: Certificate
  • Program length: 1 year

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DISCLAIMER: Please note that these courses are only available for Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario who want to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Ontario. If you are interested in general Nursing education, visit this page.