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Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

New admissions requirements: Interested applicants are encouraged to review the new admission requirements in the University Calendar and course plan to have all courses complete prior to the selection process.  Only those courses completed with final grades prior to the selection will be considered.  We encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to plan your courses by booking at appointment at    

For full details about the new admission requirements please visit the University Calendar:

Apply Online: Interested applicants can apply online at to be considered for admission to their program of choice.  Applicants looking to transfer courses to KPU from a recognized post-secondary institution will need to ensure they select “Yes” for a transfer credit assessment within the online application.  Applications for admission will begin as follows:


Admission Intake/Program Start

Applications open

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Fall (September) 2023 October 1, 2022

Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

Fall (September) 2023** October 1, 2022
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Spring (January) 2024 February 1, 2023

** The Fall (September) 2023 Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing intake will be offered in an accelerated format of six consecutive terms, allowing students to complete their degree in two calendar years. 

Applications may close early due to high demand so it is important to apply early.

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 Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) and to write the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE).

The Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing program is guided by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). To work as a registered psychiatric nurse, graduates must meet the required competencies and standards set by the BCCNM. More information can be found at the following links: