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. 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:
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).
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.
As a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, you’ll be actively involved in assessing needs and planning, implementing and evaluating programs that meet the needs of clients affected by mental illness, psychiatric disorders, developmental and/or cognitive difficulties.
RPNs work in a variety of settings. You could work in a hospital, long-term care facility, correctional institution, community mental health setting or youth centre. Laddering into Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) can open the door to careers in education, research, management and leadership.
For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you or visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
High-demand programs consistently have more applicants than spaces available at each Saskatchewan Polytechnic location at which they are offered. High-demand programs have admission requirements plus additional selection criteria. The application period for high-demand programs is October 1 to February 15, each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $6,200
Year 2 - $7,000
Year 3 - $3,300
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
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.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.