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Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

​Commencing September 2021

KPU has adopted the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer) online situational judgement test. The test will be used in addition to GPA from the Healthcare Foundations certificate as part of the application process (declaration process) for our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) programs.​

CASPer is an online test that assesses personal competencies and interpersonal characteristics that are important for students to be successful in our program and for graduates to be successful in their careers.

CASPer is an assessment tool used by a number of nursing programs in B.C. and in Canada. KPU is adopting this test to broaden the factors considered in the selection process and to further support student success.

For more information about the test, visit the CASPer website and its frequently asked questions page.

​For up to date information regarding program requirements, please refer to the University Calendar.

April Holland, Psychiatric Nursing Student

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: