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Psychiatric Nursing: Degree Completion for Stenberg College Graduates

This program is currently under review. All intakes have been suspended indefinitely.


For general information about the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN), please see the main program page.  For degree completion for Registered Psychiatric Nurses, please see RPN Degree Completion.

The Degree Completion, Psychiatric Nursing, provides Stenberg College diploma graduates an opportunity for advanced entry into the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) program at year 3.

This is a four semester, 48.5 credit program. Students will enter pending seat availability. The program requires the successful completion of the Stenberg Regional Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing (RDPN) program.

Career Opportunities

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 healthcare centers.

Admission Requirements

Admission into Semester 5 for Registered Psychiatric Nurses 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:

  • English 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or undergraduate equivalent with a minimum grade of C+; or ENGL 1100 level (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C+
  • Successful completion of the Stenberg Registered Diploma Psychiatric Nurses (RDPN) program completed within the past 6 years with graduation in January 2014 or later.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C courses which are current at the time of entering the program. CPR certification must be current throughout the Program
  • Immunizations consistent with the requirements of practice agencies
  • An acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program.
  • Applicants who have lived outside of Canada as an adult are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from their country of origin. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further direction on obtaining your criminal record check.

Continuance Requirements

Students in the program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.33 with no grade lower than C in all required courses, including electives.

Curricular Requirements

Stenberg College graduates must receive appropriate block transfer for 76 credits plus complete the following requirements for a minimum of 125 credits to graduate.

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 10 years

Semester 5

All of:
  CAHS 3500 Nursing Concepts and Theories 4.5 credits
  ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits
  FINA 1170 Introduction to Film Photography 3 credits

Semester 6

All of:
  ENGL 1204 Reading and Writing about Genre: An Introduction to Literature 3 credits
  PSYN 3120 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Health Care Economics, Leadership and Management 3 credits
  WOMN 3100 Conceptual Traps & Health Care 3 credits
  Elective 3 credits

Semester 7

All of:
  PSYN 3200 Global Problems and Health 7 credits
  PSYN 3230 Psychiatric/Mental Health: Nursing Research 3 credits
  PSYN 3240 Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis 3 credits
  Elective 3 credits

Semester 8

All of:
  CRIM 2330 Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour 3 credits
  PSYN 4100 Capstone Course: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing 7 credits

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN).

At a Glance

Faculty of Health

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September

Intake Type:

  • Limited Intake  Limited intake


  • Full-time  Full-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 48.5

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2014

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 19-Jun-2017

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