Are you a graduate of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Psychiatric Nursing diploma program? Do you want to play a greater role in advancing the health and well-being of people and communities—while also opening the door to opportunities in leadership, management and education?
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) degree completion program will interest you. Building on your Psychiatric Nursing diploma, we’ll provide you with a strong foundation to grow your career provincially, nationally and internationally.
The Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing is a degree completion program for graduates of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Psychiatric Nursing diploma program. You’ll study on a part-time basis, taking one or two courses at a time through distance learning, with a clinical practicum.
You’ll deepen your understanding of standards and competencies related to clinical practice, leadership, management, education and research. Mental health promotion and primary health care are emphasized, with a strong focus on clinical practice education. You’ll broaden your knowledge and skills in:
The BPN degree completion program is designed to accommodate working RPNs. Depending on when you graduated, you’ll be able to complete your degree through part-time study in 2 to 2.5 years.
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.
Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
International applicants will not be considered for admission to the program.
Growing demand for psychiatric nurses is opening doors to careers in clinical practice, leadership, management, education and research. You’ll continue to use your RPN designation, but your BPN will open the door to new opportunities in hospitals, long-term care facilities, correctional institutions and programs, community health settings and youth centres.
For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you or visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.
BPN Degree Completion Program for graduates of 2010 and beyond:
BPN Degree Completion Program for graduates prior to 2010:
BPN Degree Completion Program for graduates of the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan (NEPS):
All BPN Applicants
English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements
English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements will apply to students new to Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The language of instruction at Saskatchewan Polytechnic is English. All applicants to Saskatchewan Polytechnic must therefore demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in the English language. The following will be accepted as satisfactory evidence:
In addition to the standard English language proficiency requirements, students who meet the BPN English language requirement via an exam must achieve one of the following exam standards:
All successful applicants must provide proof of Standard First Aid and CPR Health Care Provider 'C' AED or equivalent, and submit the results of a Criminal Record Check, prior to commencement of the program. (When you are accepted to the program, you will be further advised of the required timelines for submission of the related documents. Please await further notice.)
You will need access to a computer for the entire program.
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $4,200
Year 2 - $5,600
Bridging - $3,200
Note: Students take one of either PSYC 101 or SOCI 100.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
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