Psychiatric Nursing Re-entry

Applied Certificate
Psychiatric Nursing Re-entry

Program Overview


Admission to the Psychiatric Nursing Re-entry program has been suspended effective July 1, 2012.

Over the past decade, psychiatric nurses have become the single largest group of health care professionals in Canada's mental health field. This has led to a wider choice of career opportunities for psychiatric nurses. If you've been considering returning to active practice, there's never been a better time than now.

Psychiatric Nursing Re-entry is an applied certificate program designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and competencies to re-enter the field. It is a distance education program offered over the Internet and through home study, which means you can take it wherever you live.

Who qualifies?

The Psychiatric Nursing Re-entry program is specifically designed for individuals who:

  • have previously been registered in Canada as a psychiatric nurse and are eligible for re-registration in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta or British Columbia, or
  • are currently registered and want to update and evaluate their knowledge and skills

On graduation, you'll be eligible for registration with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta or British Columbia.

Come back to Nursing with Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Whether you want to re-enter the profession or simply to update your skills, Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers one of the most respected psychiatric nursing re-entry programs in Western Canada. Our small class sizes mean more one-on-one interaction with faculty. High-tech simulation learning centres use near-life scenarios to give you hands-on practice. Clinical practice education lets you transfer your skills into the real world.

The program is designed to enable completion on a part-time basis within a two-year time frame. This lets you build your professional credentials while maintaining job and/or family responsibilities.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Psychiatric nursing is a dynamic field with a growing variety of career opportunities. You could work in a hospital, long-term care facility, correctional institution, community mental health setting or youth centre. With further education, work in areas such as education, research or administration could be open to you.

Let your interests guide your career path. Choose to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in community, child, adolescent, adult or geriatric health, or explore opportunities in social services, palliative care, forensics, mental health promotion, crisis intervention, substance abuse/addictions and educational programming.

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

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Ongoing:
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Length: You must complete all courses within 2 years


  • Online

  • Some online programs include on-site labs, clinicals, practicums or work experiences. Online programs may be offered course-by-course or full-time, or both, and deliveries may change over time.


Admission Requirements

  • A letter from the licensing body in the province where the student will be registered as proof of English language proficiency for the Psychiatric Nursing Re-entry program
  • Prior to participating in CLIN 289 (Psychiatric Nursing Re-entry Clinical), you must have current CPR Health Care Provider " C" AED or equivalent, medical fitness and current immunization.
  • As part of the registration process, a Criminal Record Check is required upon admission into the program.
  • Although Personal Assault Response Training is not a requirement for registration, we recommend you complete the training within a year of completing the Psychiatric Nursing Re-entry program.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

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.

Tuition and Fees

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  • You must complete all courses within a two year period.
  • Each theory course to be completed in 18 weeks (with the exception of COMP 170, NRSG 200, and NRSG 201 - 12 weeks to complete).
  • Prior learning assessment and recognition is available. To determine if you are eligible, please contact Registration Services at Wascana campus at 306-798-4314.
  • Because there is no faculty support available during July and August, these months are not counted when determining your course end date
  • For student loan purposes, the program is considered to be equivalent to 23 weeks of full-time study.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

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.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

Related Programs

This program is currently suspended and closed to application.

Part-Time Delivery

Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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