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Saskatchewan Polytechnic educated nurses are known for their high standards of practice, ethical behaviour, acceptance of diversity and skilful compassion. After all, they’ve been trained by the best. With 16 innovative programs, our school boasts 230 nationally recognized faculty and staff who’ll help prepare you for gratifying careers as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, diabetes educators and more.

Face time with faculty. Small class sizes afford plenty of one-to-one interaction with faculty. These experienced nurses and health-care practitioners go beyond textbooks to help you develop essential skills such as critical thinking, communicating and caring.

Prepare for real-life situations. Prior to clinical practice placements, you’ll build your confidence in simulation centres, complete with high-tech mannequins, hospital and assessment rooms, video cameras and control rooms.

Earn a degree. The Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is offered jointly by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina and can be completed in three or four years. If you have a Psychiatric Nursing diploma, the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing degree completion program gives you the opportunity to earn a psychiatric nursing degree in as little as two years. Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina offer the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program, which leads to the Master’s of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degree.

Flexible learning. We realize that on-campus programs aren’t always convenient. That’s why many of our programs and courses are offered through distance education and in communities throughout the province.

Programs

Master's Degree

Bachelor's Degrees

Post-Graduate Certificate

Diploma

Advanced Certificates

Applied Certificates

Continuing Education

Nursing continuing education

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) graduates who completed their program after the year 2000 can bridge into the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing program. By choosing the bridging option CCA graduates reduce their program of study. After successfully completing APHY 162, SOCI 160 and all three completer courses for Semester 1 students are eligible for PRAC 162 (Practicum 1) once they have applied to and are accepted into the program.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Continuing Care Assistant graduates receive transfer credit for NURS 163 Personal and Professional Relationships for having completed the CCA courses COMM 291 Interpersonal Communication and COMM 197.

NURS 170 Nursing Arts 1 Completer, NURS 173 Health and Healing 1 Completer and NURS 174 Health Challenges add content that was not covered in the CCA Program.

All applicants are required to meet the admission requirements of the Practical Nursing program that include:

- Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 65% in the following five subjects:
  • English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, any 30 level mathematics*
  • one of Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30 and
  • one of Social Studies 30, History 30 or Native Studies 30

- English Language Requirement

Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check upon admission into the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.

Proof of current Standard First Aid and CPR Health Care Provider C AED or equivalent is required prior to entry into the clinical practicum.

Revised Mathematics Curriculum Requirement (Effective July 1, 2013)

  • Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 (replacing any 30 level math above)
  • All other admission requirements remain unchanged

Program Details


Courses
  • (APHY 162) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (NURS 173) Health and Healing 1 Completer
  • (NURS 174) Health Challenges 1 Completer
  • (NURS 170) Nursing Arts 1 Completer
  • (SOCI 160) Sociology 1
  • Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals is an advanced certificate program that provides health care professionals with the knowledge, judgment, skills and attitudes needed to meet the health care needs of individuals with diabetes. You will learn how to practice in accordance with the Primary Health Care Model using primary prevention strategies and the population health approach to disease prevention. The program is designed for:

    • registered nurses
    • licensed practical nurses
    • registered psychiatric nurses
    • dietitians
    • pharmacists
    • advanced care paramedics
    • nutritionists
    • recreation/exercise specialists

    This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (HLTH 270) Activity Management
  • (HLTH 271) Complications - Acute and Chronic
  • (CLTR 260) Cultural Considerations
  • (HLTH 272) Diabetes Care Across the Lifespan
  • (HLTH 266) Diabetes Management: A Review
  • (HLTH 268) Insulin and Oral Agents
  • (HLTH 269) Nutrition Management
  • (HLTH 267) Primary Prevention
  • (EDUC 260) The Education Process
  • Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers is an applied certificate program that provides health care providers with the knowledge, judgment, skills and attitudes needed to meet the health care needs of individuals with diabetes. The program is for health care providers with the following designations:

    • community health representative (CHR)
    • community health educator (CHE)
    • continuing care assistant (CCA)
    • primary care paramedic (PCP)
    • licensed practical nurse (LPN)
    • graduate practical nurse

    This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (HLTH 166) Long-term Complications
  • (HLTH 163) Managing Diabetes
  • (HLTH 164) Managing Highs and Lows
  • (EDUC 160) Principles of Education
  • (HLTH 167) Special Considerations
  • (HLTH 162) Understanding Diabetes
  • Nursing Re-entry is an applied certificate program designed for individuals who:

    • have been previously registered in Canada and are eligible for reregistration in Saskatchewan
    • are currently registered in Saskatchewan and want to update and evaluate their knowledge and skills
    • have not been registered in Canada and require or want to write registration exams (Assessment Strategies Inc.)
    You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to reach the competencies required for a beginning graduate nurse (SRNA 1999).

    This program is available in full through distance and/or part-time continuing education. For complete program information, check the program page.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR Candidate Guide - Whole Program (pdf), the PLAR Candidate Guide - Individual Courses (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (NRSG 209) Adult Health Nursing 1
  • (NRSG 210) Adult Health Nursing 2
  • (COMP 170) Basic Computer Operation
  • (NRSG 208) Child Health Nursing
  • (FATR 1604) Group Facilitation
  • (NRSG 200) Health Assessment 1
  • (NRSG 201) Health Assessment 2
  • (NRSG 202) Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing 1
  • (NRSG 203) Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing 2
  • (NRSG 205) Mental Health Nursing
  • (NRSG 207) Nursing the Childbearing Family
  • (NRSG 211) Nursing the Older Adult
  • (NRSG 204) Perspectives in Community Nursing
  • (PHAR 200) Pharmacology in Nursing
  • Occupational Health Nurses are registered nurses who play a vital role in workplace wellness. Their exciting role encompasses health promotion, health maintenance, and the prevention of illness and injury in the workplace. Learn more about this post-graduate certificate program.
    Program Details


    Courses
  • (NRSG 287) Foundations/Occ Health Nursing
  • (SFTY 201) Managing Hlth/Sfty Systems OHN
  • (PROJ 205) Project Management in OHN
  • (NRSG 289) Work Environments and Health 1
  • If you're an internationally educated nurse who wants to practice nursing in Saskatchewan and Canada, you'll need to update your credentials to meet the competencies of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s innovative Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses program can help. This applied certificate program is specifically designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to work as a nurse in Canada. You will:
    • learn about medical technology, terminology and drug therapy theory in Canada
    • explore issues generated by language barriers and cultural differences
    • have your clinical skills assessed in comparison to techniques and equipment used in Canada
    • take part in simulation labs and supervised clinical practice education
    • prepare to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE)
    For complete program information, check the program page
    Program Details


    Courses
  • (NRSG 222) Caring for the Elderly Client
  • (NRSG 208) Child Health Nursing
  • (NRSG 221) Common Health Challenges
  • (NRSG 224) Communications 1 (224)
  • (NRSG 225) Communications 2
  • (NRSG 226) Communications 3 (226)
  • (NRSG 200) Health Assessment 1
  • (NRSG 201) Health Assessment 2
  • (NRSG 205) Mental Health Nursing
  • (NRSG 219) Nursing in Canada 1
  • (NRSG 220) Nursing in Canada 2
  • (PHAR 202) Pharmacology Review
  • Perioperative Nursing/LPN

    Perioperative Nursing/RN

    Practical Nurse Re-entry is an applied certificate program for individuals who:

    • have previously been registered in Canada as licensed practical nurses and are eligible for re-registration in Saskatchewan
    • are practical nurses but have not been registered in Canada as licensed practical nurses and require or want to prepare to write the national registration exams (Assessment Strategies Inc.)
    • want to update and evaluate their knowledge and skills
    • You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to reach the competencies required for a beginning practical nurse graduate.

      This program is available in full through distance and/or part-time continuing education. For complete program information, check the program page.

      Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (COMP 170) Basic Computer Operation
  • (NURS 227) Health Assessment for LPNs
  • Practical Nursing is a diploma program that provides knowledge and skill development in providing professional nursing care independently or as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team. You will learn how to provide professional nursing care to individuals within the context of families and communities; apply the knowledge you derive from the nursing arts and the physiological, psychological, sociological and cultural sciences which are common to all nurses; practice in accordance with the standards of practice and guidelines established by the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN).

    Graduates are eligible to write the national licensure examination for registration as Licensed Practical Nurses in Saskatchewan.

    Once admitted to the program, credit is normally limited to education completed within the previous five years. However, if the applicant produces evidence of having taken, on a continuous basis, and successfully completed courses required for the program since applying to the program, the five-year currency guideline will be waived.

    Selected courses from this program are available through continuing education distance learning. Practical Nursing is a diploma program that is delivered full-time online or on campus at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (APHY 162) Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • (APHY 262) Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • (SOCI 160) Sociology 1
  • (SOCI 260) Sociology 2
  • (SOCI 261) Sociology 3
  • Practical Nursing, through Continuing Education offers bridging courses to Licensed Practical Nurses who graduated from Saskatchewan Polytechnic before June 2008 with a Practical Nursing certificate. These bridging courses offer an opportunity to bridge to the current diploma credential. As a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing certificate graduate, once you complete these courses you may apply to the registrar to graduate with a diploma.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) , PLAR fact sheet (pdf) or the transfer credit page.

    Those who have successfully completed LEAD 1604, NURS 1639, and NURS 1664 will receive credit toward bridging to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma credential through a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process.

    These classes are all offered through distance education.

    If you graduated with a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing Certificate, reference this information (pdf) for the classes for you to achieve a Practical Nursing diploma.


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (NRSG 253) Community Nursing
  • (NURS 227) Health Assessment for LPNs
  • (NRSG 254) IV Therapy/Blood and Blood Products Completer Course
  • (LEAD 201) Leadership in Nursing
  • (NRSG 255) Nasogastric Tube Insertion Completer for LPNs
  • (NRSG 252) Patient Safety
  • (SOCI 261) Sociology 3
  • (NRSG 256) Tracheostomy Care Completer for LPNs
  • The Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) degree program originates from Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus and will be delivered via distance learning, including online.

    BPN Degree Completion Program for Graduates of 2010 and Beyond

    BPN Degree Completion program is open to graduates of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Psychiatric Nursing diploma program 2010 and beyond. (One to two courses per term over six terms for a total of two years).

    BPN Degree Completion for Graduates Prior to 2010

    The BPN Degree Completion program is open to graduates of a Psychiatric Nursing program prior to 2010. (One to two courses per term over eight terms for a total of 2.5 years).

    Overview

    Psychiatric nursing is a distinct field of practice in western Canada. There are currently about 5,000 registered psychiatric nurses in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, and the demand is expected to grow. Baccalaureate prepared RPNs play an invaluable role in the delivery of quality mental health services to clients with increasingly complex needs. They also contribute in roles related to leadership and management, education and research.

    The BPN Degree Completion program provides contemporary and evidence-informed practices in psychiatric nursing. Students will gain additional knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to achieve standards and competencies of roles related to clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

    Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic is granting the degree of Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN). The BPN program is Saskatchewan Polytechnic's first degree program offering. Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic has more than 43 years of experience in the delivery of quality nursing education. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offered the Psychiatric Nursing diploma program from 1972 to 1996 and again from 2008 to the present. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Nursing Division is also a leader in reaching students where they live through various delivery modalities and technological innovations.

    Nursing faculty are experienced in a wide range of programming, including baccalaureate education and advanced education for RNs and RPNs. By teaching in both classroom and clinical practice settings, faculty assist students in linking theory with practice.

    Program Approval

    The BPN Degree Completion program for graduates of 2010 and beyond and BPN Degree Completion program for graduates prior to 2010 have been granted conditional approval by the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS), which is the highest level of approval possible for a new program. Upon graduation, there is also recognition by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNABC), and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM).

    This program is offered with the written authorization of the Minister of Advanced Education, effective July 1, 2013. This authorization was provided after the program proposal underwent a quality assurance review and was found to meet the standards established by the Minister. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and degree will be appropriate to their needs.

    Is this program for you?

    One in five Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in his or her lifetime.

    By taking the BPN Degree Completion program, you will gain additional knowledge, evidence-informed practices, skills, values and attitudes necessary to work in a wide variety of mental health settings and the standards and competencies related to clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

    This program has been developed with the working RPN in mind. The Degree Completion program is offered on a part-time basis, with one or two courses. The BPN Degree Completion program for graduates of 2010 and beyond is offered  over six terms or two years. The BPN Degree Completion program for graduates prior to 2010 is offered over eight terms or 2.5 years.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing program is client-focused. Mental health promotion and primary health care are emphasized, along with a strong focus on clinical practice education.

    On graduation, you will:

    be able to work in practice areas related to clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research continue to use the designation as a registered psychiatric nurse (RPN), and have a strong foundation that allows you to practice provincially, nationally and internationally.

    Your Career

    Psychiatric nursing is a dynamic field with a growing variety of opportunities for psychiatric nurses. You could work in clinical areas such as a hospital, long-term care facility, correctional institution, community mental health setting and youth centre. Upon completion of the BPN, employment in areas such as leadership and management, education and research are open to you.

    For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

    Program Details

    Start Date(s): Annual intakes. 


    Program Details


    Courses
  • (ENGL 100) Critical Reading and Writing I
  • (PSYC 101) Introduction to Psychology

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