Registered Practical Nursing Diploma Completion Program


Our Registered Practical Nursing Diploma Completion Program is a bridging program that takes you from a certificate to a diploma while meeting the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) competency guidelines for registered practical nurses (RPN).


Nursing at George Brown College emphasizes holistic care, cultural diversity/sensitivity, critical thinking and reflective practice. Courses take a patient-focused, family-centred, and interprofessional approach. Current research, adult learning principles, social justice, best practices and lived experience provide the foundation for learning.

Intake Date(s)

All letters of acceptance indicate the first term in which courses can be taken. (Most courses are offered every term.)

Admission Requirement(s)

You must secure formal admission (see How To Apply) before you can register for courses. Admission will only be considered if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a practicing RPN in good standing with the CNO.
  • You must have proof of registration with the CNO.
  • You must have a resumé/curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your previous nursing education and practice.

How to Apply

You must complete the Registered Practical Nursing Diploma Completion PDF application form. Your completed application form and the required documents must be sent to Gayle Bradley at The required documents must be scanned copies and not photos.

You will receive an email response within 10 business days (excluding college closures) of the day we receive your application.

Completion Details

This unique series of courses can be completed in anywhere from 10 months (in its compressed format) to 36 months. Once you have completed all the requirements of this program, you can request to receive a practical nursing diploma using the department contact information on this web page.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance:

You may be eligible for available bursaries/financial assistance, including the WeRPN Nursing Education Initiative. For more information, contact us using the department contact information on this web page.

Disclaimer: George Brown College reserves the right to add or delete programs and/or courses and to change campus locations and/or clinical placement sites depending on enrollment numbers and/or the availability of sites. Clinical placement site assignment is entirely within the discretion of the college and is based on availability. You may be required to travel up to 150 km from the college to complete your clinical placement. George Brown College reserves the right to alter program requirements due to legislative changes and/or changes in the requirements of clinical placement providers or the CNO.

Gayle Bradley, Co-ordinator (Post-RN and Academic Pathway)
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