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Nursing - Post RPN (Barrie)

Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location UOIT, Barrie
Start dates September
Length Less than three years (full-time)
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DHB
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Admission requirements: An Ontario college diploma (or equivalent) in Practical Nursing with a minimum A- average.


General information

If you have successfully completed your Registered Practical Nursing (RPN) diploma from an approved program, hold a current RPN registration and are interested in pursuing a Nursing degree, this program is for you.

You will have the opportunity to enrich your knowledge in the sciences, nursing and additional disciplines, while being introduced to the latest in learning technologies to enhance your success as a working professional.

We have approximately 50 partner sites for clinical placements ranging from hospitals (such as maternity/obstetrics, medical surgery, psychiatry and oncology) to public health and community health centres.

This program is available for full-time study at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.


Additional information

Faculty of Health Sciences website
Pathways site

Admission requirements

You must hold an approved Ontario college diploma (or equivalent) in Practical Nursing with a minimum A- average. In addition, you must hold a current certificate of competence with no restrictions from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Applicants will also be assessed on professional practice skills with the completion of a Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer). CASPer is an online screening tool designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics for successful students and graduates. Learn more on the Admissions website.

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.  

Upgrading

There are three ways to upgrade your admission average:

  • university level course(s) - The university-level courses can be completed through any recognized university.
  • post-diploma certificates (approved by the Faculty of Health Sciences)
  • college courses

 Our upgrading metric is as follows:

Each university course

Each approved certificate*

Each college course***

90-100%

4 points

  • Perinatal Obstetrics RN/RPN
  • Oncology Nursing RN/RPN
  • Perioperative Nursing (Graduate studies RN/RPN)
  • Mental health Nursing RN/RPN**

4 points

90-100%

2 points

80-89.9%

3 points

80-89.9%

1.5 points

70-79.9%

2 points

70-79.9%

1 point

60-69.9%

1 point

60-69.9%

0 points

  • Coursework must be after completion of the RPN diploma program.
  • Applicants may pursue a maximum of three upgrading courses/certificates. As such, it is possible to positively impact your average by a maximum of 12 per cent.
  • Transcripts with final grades for upgrading courses must be submitted by January 31 of the year of your intended start.

* These are some examples of approved certificates. Certificates other than these must be reviewed and approved by the Health Science Student Affairs Committee.
** Credible certificate programs at the RPN level must state Nursing (RN/RPN).
*** College courses must be outside of the approved certificate program.

Note: You are not upgrading your practical nursing (PN) diploma average, but your admission average. Once your diploma has been conferred, the average achieved cannot be changed through any forms of upgrading. Upgrading does not guarantee admission into the program.


Bridge requirements

Once you have successfully completed the bridge courses with a minimum C grade in each course, you will proceed into the BScN program. In recognition of your diploma, you will receive 11 courses toward your 40-course BScN degree.


Last year's cut-off 83 per cent
Expected cut-off Mid-80s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our college-to-university transfer applicant page.

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Development of Self as Nurse
  • Health and Healing, Theory and Practice
  • Health Assessment
  • Interprofessional Health Care Teams
  • Microbiology for Health Sciences
  • Nursing Leadership and Innovation
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology for Nurses 

The full program map is available on the Faculty of Health Sciences website. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

UOIT has approximately 50 partner sites for clinical placements. They range from hospitals (such as maternity/obstetrics, medical surgery, psychiatry, oncology) to public health and community health centres.

You will learn how to assist and enhance patients' health and help people cope with the demands of illness, including changes in their families, community and society.

Career opportunities

  • acute care and high-acuity settings
  • community and public health nursing 
  • health administration and management 
  • health and clinical data analysis 
  • health policy and promotion
  • specialty practice areas, such as neonatal intensive care and labour and delivery 
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