Psychiatric Nursing: Degree Completion for Registered Psychiatric Nurses
For general information about the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN), please see the main program page.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) may be available for RPNs who have experiences equivalent to course outcomes, or have completed continuing education in various liberal education courses relevant to their nursing practice. The cost of PLA is the responsibility of the student.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to function as team members and leaders of mental health settings including forensic psychiatry, addiction facilities, acute care, intermediate and/or long term care hospitals, clinics, home care services, and various community health care centers.
Admission is based on seat availability.
In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:
- Successful completion of a recognized undergraduate Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, with a minimum of 90 credits.
- 3 credits of undergraduate English (ENGL)
- Proof of practicing membership (with no conditions) with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC), which must remain current throughout the program.
- Canadian CPR Health Care Provider (Note: CPR certification must remain current throughout the program.)
- An interview and/or letter of reference, if requested.
Note: Current immunization records are required prior to placement in a clinical or practice course. Students are responsible for all costs related to immunization. Failure to have acceptable immunization documentation at the time of placement or clinical practice course may jeopardize completion of the program.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.67 with a minimum grade of C+ in all required courses, including electives. Non-adherence to these requirements will result in removal from the program.
The Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Degree Completion program requires completion of the following 37 credits with a minimum grade of C+ in each course.
The maximum allowable time students enrolled in KPU's Degree Completion for Registered Psychiatric Nurses program have to complete all program requirements for graduation is 7 years.
|HEAL 1180||Introduction to Health Research||3 credits|
|HEAL 2110||First Nations Health||3 credits|
|HEAL 3101||Conceptual Paradigms in Health: A Feminist Perspective||3 credits|
|HEAL 3120||Evidence Based Practice||6 credits|
|HEAL 3180||Nursing Science 4: Health Research for Evidence||3 credits|
|PHIL 3010||Health Care Ethics||3 credits|
|PSYN 3225||Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Leadership and Management||3 credits|
|PSYN 4145||Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Consolidation||7 credits|
|SOCI 3345||Social Policy in Context||3 credits|
|And one of:|
|PSYN 3210||Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Global Health||3 credits|
|PSYN 4110||Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Child and Adolescent||3 credits|
Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN).
At a Glance
Faculty of Health
- Baccalaureate Degree
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