Program Information

The Practical Nursing to Bachelor of Science - Nursing Program is designed specifically for Registered Practical Nurses who are looking to upgrade their credentials to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This unique pathway provides students with the opportunity to complete the four-year BSCN degree in three-years.

It is an exciting time to be a nursing student at Lambton College. Students work in Simulation Labs with both high-tech equipment and simulated patients (actors), providing students with learning experiences that are truly rewarding and unique. Lambton College prepares future nurses so they may enter the health care profession with both required knowledge and hands-on skills to be successful practitioners. Students will experience the importance of smaller class sizes and individual attention by faculty, thereby, enriching the learning experience. 

Lambton College partners with the University of Windsor to deliver the BScN program. Beginning 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

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 (Summary from Senate Policy)
Deans may grant credit for a University of Windsor course in recognition of academic course work completed at another post-secondary institution or recognized organization provided that the course work completed is deemed to be equivalent, consistent with the Senate approved Course Equivalency Policy.
If the work completed is not equivalent to a specific University of Windsor course but constitutes a general body of knowledge in a discipline, a credit may be awarded for an unspecified course at the appropriate level.
Students who feel that their prior academic work is undervalued must appeal their evaluation to the Dean, through the Office of the Registrar, within two terms after admission to their program of study. The decision of the Dean on the appeal is final.
The granting of advanced standing by transfer credit reduces the total number of courses a student must complete for a degree, thereby giving the student advanced standing in a program. The mechanism by which students may obtain advanced standing include:

  • By block transfer credit (e.g., transfer by articulation agreement and transfer by degree completion program)
  • By an assessment of Advanced Placement (AP) credentials
  • By an assessment of International Baccalaureate credentials
  • By challenging examination
  • By completion of academic work offered through an approved organization
  • By an evaluation of prior academic work on a case-by-case basis

Throughout the policy the word "Dean" is taken to mean the Deans (or designates) of academic Faculties and the Assistant Provost (or designate) of the Centre for Inter-Faculty Programs.

Course List

NURS-2130: Professional Nursing III

NURS-2531: Experiential Learning Lab III

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

NURS-2320: Pharmacology and Medication Management II

PSYC-3390: Health Psychology

NURS-2541: Experiential Learning Lab IV

NURS-2532: Clinical Practicum III

NURS-2820: Adult Health and Health Alterations II

NURS-2920: Maternal and Newborn

NURS-2930: Psychiatric and Mental Health

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

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 taking BSN-2786 Clinical Nursing Consolidation.

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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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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