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Psychiatric Nursing (Part-time studies)

School of Nursing Diploma

This program is also available on campus. For more information visit the program page.

Program Overview

If you want to play a role in advancing the mental health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Psychiatric Nursing program will appeal to you.

Psychiatric nursing is a distinct field of practice in Western Canada. There are about 5,000 registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) working in hospitals, community clinics, care facilities and correctional institutions across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia … and demand is growing.

This high-demand program opens for application on October 1, and closes on February 15, each academic year. On February 15, paper applications are accepted until 4:30 p.m., and online applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Saskatchewan times). Additional selection criteria is applicable (see Admission Information below). All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time) on February 28(29).

International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this high-demand program.

Psychiatric Nursing is a two-and-a-half-year diploma program delivered through blended learning via on-campus classes, video conferencing, onsite labs and clinical practicums to help you transfer your skills into real world practice. Experienced faculty will help you link theory with practice to help clients with mental illness, psychiatric disorders and developmental and/or cognitive difficulties function at their maximum potential. You will build a strong foundation in psychiatric nursing practice, including:

  • health assessment and interventions;
  • mental health challenges;
  • counselling models and therapeutic relationships;
  • family and community partnerships;
  • psychotropic pharmacology; and
  • addictions and forensics.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Is a Nursing Education Leader

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. Our Psychiatric Nursing program is recognized by the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan, as well as the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNABC), and College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM).

Earn Your Professional Credentials

On graduation, you’ll be eligible to write the Canadian Registered Psychiatric Nurses exam, register with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS) and apply for designation as a registered psychiatric nurse (RPN).

Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

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Courses currently offered through part-time studies

Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (APHY-162CE)
Anatomy and Physiology 2 (APHY-262CE)
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