Option 2: Nursing Transformation RPN to RN Bridging Program Online

  • Delivery: Part-time, Online.
    • These courses are available online via OntarioLearn. There are no scheduled classes or lectures, and the course is available to you 24-7. Course facilitators help learners acquire, retain, and apply knowledge and skills as well as provide guidance, support and feedback. Learners progress through the course syllabus to meet all curriculum requirements.
  • Program Length: You are required to complete the pathway within a two-year window and are encouraged to take a minimum of two courses at a time to support your timely progression through the pathway.
  • Start Dates: Will vary depending on course. 
  • Open To: Domestic applicants only. This program is not available for international applicants.

Please follow the admission process for taking these courses. Once you have been approved to take these courses you may register for a course(s) through SLC+ Continuing Education.


Admission to the online bridging courses is made available to practicing RPNs through OCAS. These courses are available for anyone to take but it is important for all prospective students to understand what will be required for admission to semester/level 5 of the BScN program after completion of the bridging courses.


  • Biochemistry and Pathophysiology - CSSL1003
  • Scholarly Writing - CSSL1002
  • Nursing Informatics - CSCM1008
  • Health Assessment - CSCM 1006
  • Microbiology - CSCM 1007
  • Transition to the Role of RN – Course code TBD
    • IMPORTANT: A lab experience will be a component of this course. Further information to come. There will be fees associated with this lab

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

FAQs – Online Courses

Each bridging course is delivered online through Ontario Learn. None of the Online option courses have an in person or lab component.

It is important to note that if learners do successfully enter the BScN program in semester 5, they will be required to attend classes in person.

After you complete the six courses, we will coordinate your participation in the practical skills session.

All bridging courses offered via OntarioLearn are transferable.

The RPN to BScN pathway courses are available to RPNs who meet all the following:

  • Have Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status or appropriate authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act(Canada) that permits an individual to engage in the practice of nursing in Ontario.
  • Graduated from a two-year Practical Nursing diploma program approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario with a 65 percent or higher cumulative program GPA.
  • Be a Registered Practical Nurses in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario. 
  • And have worked as an RPN in Ontario within the past five years on at least a part-time or casual basis.


If you do not meet these criteria and are interested in exploring options for becoming a registered nurse, please contact us at

Step 1 – Review the eligibility criteria listed below to determine if you meet the admissions requirements.

Step 2 – Apply through OCAS for admission into the Nursing Transformation RPN to BScN pathway. 

Step 3 – Upon acceptance from St. Lawrence College, you will be given instructions on the registration process for the pathway courses. 

Step 4 – Apply to St. Lawrence College for advance standing into the BScN program. If your circumstances have changed, contact us at

Apply to St. Lawrence College Bachelor of Science Nursing (Honours).

The online RPN to BScN pathway consists of six courses, four of which are full courses and two of which are half courses:

  • Scholarly Writing
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Health Assessment
  • Transition to the Role of RN
  • Microbiology (1/2 course)
  • Biochemistry & Pathophysiology (1/2 course)


In addition, students must complete a short in-person skills session after completing the online courses. Further information on the skills session will be provided once a student is accepted into the pathway.

The online pathway courses do not need to be completed full-time. They are available for course-by-course registration on a part-time, ongoing basis. The courses are asynchronous, which means you can learn on your own schedule, within a two-year timeframe for successfully completing all courses. You may access and complete the coursework at any time while meeting the weekly deadlines for each course.

Six courses are offered online, asynchronously on an ongoing basis. After you complete the six courses, we will coordinate your participation in the practical skills session.

Note: Students who have successfully completed the pathway and are admitted into the BScN program are expected to attend full-time, in-person.

Those who successfully complete the pathway courses can apply for admission directly into semester 5 (Year 3) of a 4-year, (8 semester) BScN program.

Note: Admission is a competitive selection process and subject to some conditions, including the start date of semester 5. If a student’s circumstances have changed contact us at contact us at

Once you are admitted to the RPN to BScN pathway, we will provide you with information on how to register for courses.

There is no certificate for the completion of the RPN to BScN pathway. The pathway courses allow you to obtain course credits toward a baccalaureate degree in Nursing. 

Upon successful completion of all the requirements of the BScN program, graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Every course will have a schedule to follow. As the theory courses are available 24/7 and course schedules have week-to-week timelines, coursework may be completed at any time within the week.

Yes. For academic questions, your course facilitator should be your first contact. Once you register for a course, you will receive information regarding the key contacts for technical support.

RPNs enrolled in the RPN to BScN pathway may be eligible for tuition reimbursement through the Bridging Educational Grant in Nursing (BEGIN) program offered by the Registered Practical Nurses Association, also known as WeRPN.

Further information about the BEGIN program can be found on the WeRPN website.

The RPN-BScN Nursing Transformation pathway will be available in French in 2025. This website will be updated as more information becomes available.

Upgrading courses and resources are available to Ontario residents 19 years of age or older. To discover more about the course offerings that can assist you in preparing for the RPN-BScN pathway, please contact