Registered Nursing Bridging Program for Re-entry to Practice

Certificate
Registered Nursing Bridging Program for Re-entry to Practice

Program Overview

You’ve been thinking about getting back into nursing. You miss your ability to touch so many lives as a registered nurse. And whether you want to practice at the bedside or work in research, community health or education, job opportunities for RNs are more diverse than ever.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Registered Nursing Bridging Program for Re-entry to Practice is your first step back to the career you love. When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills you need to move confidently into today’s primary health-care settings.

This is a certificate program for RNs previously registered in Canada or currently registered but wanting to update their knowledge and skills. There are three major components to the program: theoretical concepts (9 online courses), simulation labs and onsite clinical practice education. Your studies will focus on:

  • health assessment
  • issues and trends in professional nursing
  • maternal-newborn nursing
  • mental health nursing
  • pediatric, adult and gerontological nursing
  • perspectives in community nursing
  • pharmacology

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. Our School of Nursing offers innovative online programs. Each is designed with input from the health care profession, so your education is up-to-date and matches opportunities in the field.

Learn At Your Own Pace

Because this is an online, distance-based program, you can work from your own home, on your own time and at your own pace. You have three years to complete all courses. You’ll build your knowledge through course work, develop your practical skills through simulation labs and gain real world experience through clinical practicums. You’ll also have one-on-one interaction with faculty throughout your program.

Update Your Professional Credentials

On completion of the program, you’ll be eligible for re-licensure as a Registered Nurse with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA).

Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to move confidently into today’s primary health-care settings—acute-care hospitals, regional hospitals, long-term care facilities, home-care settings and more. Most RNs work in direct patient care, but your background and experience could open doors to jobs in administration, education, research and more.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you or visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September, January and May


For more information, contact rnre-entry@saskpolytech.ca

View latest program status info

Length:

64 weeks (16 weeks x 4 semesters)


Locations

  • Online/Distance
  • Regina

  • Some programs offered online or otherwise by distance (i.e., correspondence) include on-site labs, clinicals, practicums or work experiences. They may be offered course-by-course or full-time, or both, and deliveries may change over time.

Part-time Delivery

To graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply to the program and be admitted before taking any program courses.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • A recommendation letter from the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA), (or from the regulatory body in the province where the student resides), recommending the candidate for the program

Note

  • Valid Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR) certification is required prior to entry into the clinical practice education experience. The cost of TLR certification is your responsibility.
  • Valid CPR Health Care Provider "C" AED or equivalent is required prior to participating in the clinical practice education experience. The cost of CPR certification is your responsibility.
  • Valid immunization is required prior to participating in the clinical practice education experience.
  • A Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is required prior to participating in the clinical practice education experience. A student may be declined access to a clinical placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search. A student must complete the clinical practice education experience to graduate from the program. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of valid N95 respirator mask testing prior to entry into the clinical practice education.The cost of N95 respirator mask testing is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

2020/21 Academic Year

$10,650 (Semester 1, 2 and 3)

For more information, contact rnre-entry@saskpolytech.ca

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Accreditation

Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA)

Additional Information

Related Programs