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Psychiatric Nursing Degree Program

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. 


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