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 the completion of the program.
The Bachelor of Psychiatric (BPN) program is a full-time cohort program. Psychiatric nursing students will learn psychiatric nursing theory, mental health promotion and wellness. Program courses are offered in a hybrid or online format. Learning is supported by practice experiences in institutional and community settings. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to apply for registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) and to write the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE).
Please note: The Certificate in Health Foundations is the prerequisite requirement for application to this degree program. Completion of the Health Foundations Certificate does not guarantee a seat in the KPU BPN program. Declaration is a competitive process.
The Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing program is guided by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). To work as a registered psychiatric nurse, graduates must meet the required competencies and standards set by the BCCNP. More information can be found at the following links:
- Requisite Skills and Abilities
- Registered Psychiatric Nurse Entry Level Competencies
- Professional Psychiatric Nursing Standards