Skip to main content

Mask wearing is now a matter of personal preference at KPU. Their use in indoor public areas is strongly recommended. [Read more]

Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

Get Started

You are here

Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

Admission Changes for Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Effective Fall 2022

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing programs have new admission requirements beginning with the Fall 2022 intake.  These changes are to give students more flexibility in which courses they can take to meet the entry requirements to apply for nursing at KPU.  Entry to these programs will move from the current declaration model to an admission model whereby qualified students will apply to their program of choice. 

Fall 2022/23 Intakes

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 for Fall 2022, 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

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

CASPer Timelines: All applicants will need to have their CASPer assessment completed and distributed to KPU.  CAPSer test dates for the 2022/23 intakes will begin in October 2021.  Timeline updates will be posted on the Faculty of Health webpage once available at:

Spring 2022/Summer 2022 Intakes

Students interested in declaring into the Spring 2022 BSN intake or the Summer 2022 BPN intake will still follow the current declaration process and dates as posted on the Faculty of Health webpage at:

​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.

CASPer Timelines

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:


Email an Advisor Now