Program Information

It is an exciting time in the nursing profession! The need for registered nurses has never been greater.

The Practical Nursing to Bachelor of Science - Nursing Program (BSCP) is designed specifically for Registered Practical Nurses who are looking to transform their nursing practice to that of a Registered Nurse through obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This unique pathway provides students with the opportunity to complete the four-year BSCN degree in three years.

In the first year of your program, you will join in classes with first- and second- year BSCN students at Lambton College where your learning experience will be rich and rewarding with smaller class sizes and faculty dedicated to your learning and growth. In your second year, you will go to the University of Windsor and complete the curriculum of the BSCN third year and first term of the fourth year there. You return to Lambton for your final term of the program. With online learning options at the University and a clinical placement opportunity in Sarnia, a few students have the option to remain in Sarnia for second year and term 1 of third year.

Our beautiful health sciences building provides you with learning experiences like no other. You will learn in state-of-the-art nursing simulation labs with high fidelity and with high-tech equipment and simulated patients, providing you with face-to-face learning experiences that are truly enjoyable and exceptional.

Beginning in the winter of first year and every term after that, you will be placed in a variety of clinical experiences. To prepare you for the role of the registered nurse, in clinical you will expand on the abilities that you have as an RPN and learn to approach clinical issues with greater critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. All clinical experiences are coordinated by the faculty, so there is no need for you to find placements on your own.

In the Fall of 2019, the collaboration embarked on a new curriculum designed to meet the evolving needs of the 21st century nurse. To learn more about the program outcomes, as well as the philosophy of the program, visit the University of Windsor program page.

 

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Admission Requirements

  • Registered Practical Nursing Ontario College Diploma from a recognized Ontario College with an overall minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent to 73% with no grade less than a C (63%)
  • Minimum of one-year full-time work experience as a Registered Practical Nurse or equivalent (minimum 2,000 hours)
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as an RPN with no terms, conditions or limitations on their practice
  • Highly Competitive Program

    This is a highly competitive program and students are encouraged to apply by February 1 - the equal consideration deadline.

Based on the 2020-2021 Admission Cycle, the following data should be considered by future applicants to this program:

  • Total number of seats = 10
  • Number of applicants who received an offer = 15
  • Admissions average for first-round offers = 85%

Use of Technology Requirements

Students must possess a minimum technical skill-set that enables them to use the technology required in the BScN program. All students should be comfortable using a computer and basic software/programs listed below:

  • Microsoft Office, OneDrive or Google Docs - word processing (e.g. Word), basic spreadsheet (e.g. Excel), virtual tools (e.g. Microsoft Teams), and presentation applications (e.g. PowerPoint)
  • Email
  • Web Browsers: Google Chrome or Firefox preferred
  • Additional open education resources, such as webinar platforms and professional social media sites

Adopting a flexible attitude towards digital technologies is highly important for this program, as technology requirements may evolve and change during the BScN program. If you do not know how to use a specific tool or software/program, it is your responsibility to educate yourself to these requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy

As a practicing RPN you have received many transfer credits from your diploma program to qualify for this degree program. However, if you have taken university level courses at recognized post-secondary institutions, you may be eligible for transfer credits for your previous learning according to the University of Windsor policy. Transfer credits are granted for science, statistics, and psychology courses. Please note that, in most situations, nursing courses are not eligible for transfer credit. You may apply for as many transfer credits as you wish but only those relevant to the BSCN program will count towards degree completion. Typically, you need an average of 70% in the course to receive a transfer credit.

There is a process that you must follow in order to receive transfer credits. You must provide proof of your grade (transcript) and a copy of the course outline, for each transfer credit, for it to be reviewed and considered. Contact the BSCP Program Enrollment Professional in the Lambton College Registrar’s office to provide the details for this process with the University. Students are responsible to complete the transfer credit process on their own. The cost for this process is not included in your tuition.

Please Note: Requests are evaluated by the University of Windsor and not by Lambton College. Lambton College is not accountable or responsible for the decisions made by the University. If you feel that you were not given a transfer credit, when you feel that your academic work is sufficient, you must contact the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Nursing Academic Advisor for assistance.

Course List

NURS-2130: Professional Nursing III

This course is the third in a sequence of five courses addressing professional nursing practice. The overarching focus is on competency development in intra-and inter-professional collaboration within the context of health promotion. Instructional content and learning activities will prepare nursing students to collaborate with patients/clients/families and other care providers to promote patient/client and family health. Examples of major topics include?models of health promotion/prevention, communication and leadership in groups, cultural competency, teaching and learning, and evaluating practice guidelines for evidence-informed decision-making.

NURS-2531: Experiential Learning Lab III

This is the third in a sequence of seven onsite experiential learning labs in which the learner will apply knowledge-based principles to practice by engaging in a variety of interactive and simulated activities that foster clinical reasoning and clinical judgment. Learners will build proficiency in therapeutic and profession communication techniques (intra and interprofessional), holistic health assessment skills, safe medication administration principles, and selected psychomotor skills to care for adults with health alterations, and those undergoing surgical interventions.

NURS-1900: Writing for the Professional Nurse

This course introduces the principles of effective written communication that are essential in the diverse roles of a nursing professional. The aim is to help the learner develop the skills to accurately and reliably communicate written information in a variety of forms: personal reflections, documentation in charts/records, and scholarly writings (e.g., educational materials, abstracts, posters, journal articles, project reports).

BIOL-1073: Microbiology

NURS-2810: Adult Health and Health Alterations I

This is the first in a sequence of four courses that address the concepts and principles associated with the nursing care of adults experiencing alterations in health, across health care settings and throughout the care continuum. This course focuses on foundational knowledge-based concepts (e.g., stress, pain, oxygenation) that are common across a variety of health alterations, and on the care of adults undergoing surgery. The course also focuses on the care of adults experiencing selected common acute or chronic health alterations (e.g., respiratory disorders, vascular disorders, diabetes). Principles of pathophysiology, assessment, pharmacology, nutrition, collaborative management and quality and evidence-based care are emphasized.

NURS-2320: Pharmacology and Medication Management II

This is the second in a sequence of two pharmacology courses. This course builds on the knowledge the learner gained in Pharmacology and Medication Management I (NURS 1310).? Major drug classifications will be examined and discussed. Particular emphasis will be placed on the nurse's responsibilities in drug therapy and the development of critical thinking skills necessary for the safe administration of medications in a variety of settings and during transitions in care.

PSYC-3390: Health Psychology

Application of psychology to the areas of health promotion, prevention and treatment, and improvement of health-care delivery. Theory, research, and practice in health psychology and behavioural medicine will be examined. Specific areas of emphasis may include stress, illness, and coping; patient-practitioner interaction; adjustment to chronic illness; reproductive health issues; and cross-cultural conceptions of illness and healing.

NURS-2541: Experiential Learning Lab IV

This?is the?fourth?in a?sequence?of seven onsite experiential learning labs?in?which the learner will apply?knowledge-based principles to practice by engaging in a variety of interactive and simulated activities?that foster?clinical reasoning and clinical judgment.?Learners will?integrate?therapeutic and professional?communication?techniques (intra and interprofessional), holistic health assessment skills, safe medication administration principles,?and?selected?psychomotor skills to?provide?patient and family?centered?care?for adults with health alterations, childbearing women and newborns, and individuals with psychiatric and mental health concerns.

NURS-2532: Clinical Practicum III

This is the third in a series of clinical practica that provide the learner with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in clinical practice settings. The learner will apply the nursing process in the holistic care of patients/clients/families within the context of their community, in collaboration with health care providers and in a variety of care settings and populations across the lifespan (e.g., child-bearing families, individuals experiencing alterations in physical and/or mental health).

NURS-2820: Adult Health and Health Alterations II

This is the second in a sequence of four courses that address the concepts and principles associated with the nursing care of adults experiencing alterations in health across health care settings and throughout the care continuum. Building upon the knowledge acquired in Adult Health and Health Alterations I, this course continues to focus on the care of adults experiencing selected common acute or chronic health alterations (e.g. infectious diseases, disorders of the gastrointestinal, urinary, and cardiovascular systems). Principles of pathophysiology, assessment, pharmacology, nutrition, collaborative management and quality and quality and evidence-based care are emphasized.

NURS-2920: Maternal and Newborn

This course introduces the learner to concepts related to the provision of nursing care for childbearing women, their newborns and families. The focus of this course is on the application of critical thinking and clinical judgement related to reproduction, pregnancy, labour and delivery and postpartum care. Culture, situational crises, ethical considerations, risk assessment and intervention strategies will be explored to promote the health of childbearing women, their newborns and families.

NURS-2930: Psychiatric and Mental Health

This course introduces the learner to specialized nursing knowledge required to understand, promote, and maintain mental health and wellness across the lifespan. This course focuses on the nursing care of individuals experiencing major mental health disorders. Comprehensive and focused mental health assessments; crisis intervention and prevention; therapeutic communication techniques/skills; and the promotion of positive mental health outcomes are addressed. Through a trauma-informed lens, principles of physiology; pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions; and collaborative, quality, and evidence-based care are explored.

STAT-2910: Statistics for the Sciences

This course introduces the student to descriptive statistics, probability and statistical inference. Topics include data presentation and description, probability and probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, ANOVA, and regression.

NURS-2622: Consolidated Practicum II

This is the second in a series of consolidated clinical practica that provide the learner with the opportunity to consolidate knowledge and skills in clinical practice settings. The learner will apply the nursing process in the holistic care of patients/clients/families within the context of their community, in collaboration with health care providers and in a variety of care settings and populations across the lifespan (e.g., child-bearing families, individuals experiencing alterations in physical and/or mental health).

NURS-3551: Experiential Learning Lab V

NURS-3542: Clinical Practicum IV

NURS-3830: Adult Health and Health Alterations III

NURS-3940: Care of Children and Youth

NURS-3950: Nursing Research

NURS-3960: Community as Client

NURS-3140: Professional Nursing IV

NURS-3561: Experiential Learning Lab IV

NURS-3552: Clinical Practicum V

NURS-3840: Adult Health and Health Alterations IV

NURS-3970: Care of the Older Adult

NURS-3632: Consolidated Practicum III

Arts Option: Select 1

NURS-4150: Professional Nursing V

NURS-4571: Experiential Learning Lab VII

NURS-4980: Palliative Care

NURS-4990: Global Health

NURS-4000: Nurse Specialty Option

NURS-4562: Integrated Clinical Practicum: Community Experience

NURS-4572: Integrated Clinical Practicum: Hospital Experience AND Integrated Rounds

Progression Requirements

Students must successfully complete all year 2 courses prior to completing their consolidation practicum (i.e.NURS-2622.) Students must successfully complete NURS-2622 before moving on to the University of Windsor for year 3 of the program. 

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Current Students

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Employment Opportunities

Registered nurses have many career options open to them as they are prepared to care for individuals, families and communities in varied settings. Our graduates assume roles as clinical practitioners, health program and policy developers, researchers, administrators and teachers. Careers can be found in hospitals, clinics, home care, occupational health, schools and community agencies in both urban and rural settings.

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