St. Lawrence College Offers PSW to Practical Nurse Pathways

April 5, 2023
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – St. Lawrence College is now offering a new pathway for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) who wish to qualify to practice in Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN). Upon successfully completing six pathway courses, PSWs will be eligible for advanced entry into SLC’s Practical Nursing (PN) Program.

Practical Nursing Program at SLC

All six courses are offered online, asynchronously on a monthly basis, and are designed to offer flexible study options for working PSWs. Graduates of approved PN programs are eligible to apply to the College of Nurses of Ontario to write the registration exam to practice in Ontario as an RPN.

The PSW to PN pathway courses are available to PSWs who:

  • 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 with a 65 percent cumulative average from a PSW program in Ontario that meets the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities program standards (includes PSW programs offered by the public colleges, private career colleges, and district school boards in Ontario).
  • AND have worked as a PSW in Ontario within the past five years on at least a part-time or casual basis.

“This credential upgrading opportunity will help to train more working nursing professionals at a time of critical need in our region, and across the province,” said Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO. “SLC has a long history of educating healthcare professionals, and to help someone expand their education and experience to advance their career is what college education is all about.”

Click below for more detailed information on the PSW to PN pathway courses and register:

The creation of these courses was funded through the Ontario government’s Nursing Program Transformation in Ontario’s Colleges initiative.

Practical Nursing at the Cornwall Campus

The Practical Nurse Program at St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall Campus is approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Graduates are eligible to write the national registration exam and, when successful, will become Registered Practical Nurses in the Province of Ontario, and are eligible for reciprocal registration in other provinces in Canada.

About St. Lawrence College

St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 100,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.

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