Psychiatric Nursing

Diploma
Psychiatric Nursing

Program Overview

Notice to Applicants:
The Psychiatric Nursing diploma program is currently undergoing a major curriculum revision. Pending approval, the revised curriculum will be implemented in September 2020. Please contact the program if you are taking or planning to take courses (APHY 162, APHY 262, SOCI 200, or SOCI 261) prior to starting the program, as some changes are being made to our course offerings. Please contact psychiatric.nursing@saskpolytech.ca.

Notice to Returning Students:
Pending revised curriculum approval, students who exited the Psychiatric Nursing diploma program prior to completion will be able to return and complete the previous curriculum. An equivalency chart between the old and new curriculum is being prepared and will be posted once finalized. Please contact the program for details at psychiatric.nursing@saskpolytech.ca.

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.

 

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.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

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.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (3012)$68,700 - $100,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 86 weeks (7 terms over 2.5 years)

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Locations

  • Regina

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 70% in the following five subjects (or their equivalents): English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30*, Biology 30 and Chemistry 30
  • English Language Requirement

 

Note

  • 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 and Vulnerable Sector Search, 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). The cost of CPR certification, and the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current N95 respirator mask testing prior to entry into the clinical practicum. The cost of N95 respirator mask testing is your responsibility.
  • You will need access to a computer for the entire program.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current (TLR®) certification is your responsibility. The cost of TLR® certification is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current Professional Assault Response Training (PART) - Advanced Level, prior to Clinical 214. The cost of PART certification is your responsibility.

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • one 30-level math (one of Math A30, Math B30, Math C30, Calculus 30, or General Math 30)

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 253 Reading
  • 247 Writing

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

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $8,190
Year 2 - $9,165
Year 3 - $4,170

Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BIOL 102
Anatomy and Physiology 1
3
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In the first of a two-course sequence, you will explore the human body focusing on the interaction between structure and function and the regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. You will learn how the levels of organization of the body and the components of cells, tissues and organs impact form and function. You will examine the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): BIOL 102CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
CLIN 107
Clinical Practice Education 1
5
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You will provide safe, competent, and holistic client-centred psychiatric nursing care for at least one client while managing self-care. You will apply the nursing process as you demonstrate evidence-informed practice. You will establish a therapeutic relationship as you demonstrate foundational nursing skills in a clinical practice education setting.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): BIOL 102(concurrent), NRSG 100(concurrent), NRSG 101(concurrent), NRSG 110(concurrent), NRSG 111(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): NRSG 109
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
NRSG 100
Promotion of Psychiatric Nursing Praxis
3
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You will be introduced to concepts of self that are central to the profession of psychiatric nursing. You will use critical reflection and synthesis to focus on developing the skills and attitudes expected of effective registered psychiatric nurses.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
NRSG 101
Introduction to Psychiatric Nursing Concepts
3
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You will be introduced to core concepts of the psychiatric nursing profession. You will study the governing legislation and the curriculum framework as well as major influences and trends that contribute to the psychiatric nursing profession. You will learn about health and mental health literacy and the importance of health teaching and learning strategies for all populations across the lifespan.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
NRSG 109
Interpersonal Partnerships
3
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You will establish therapeutic relationships and apply therapeutic use of self. You will practice communication, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and critical reflection in a practice setting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s): CLIN 107
Equivalent Course(s): NRSG 233
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
NRSG 110
Foundations of Nursing Practice
3
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You will be introduced to theories and foundations of holistic nursing practice across the lifespan. You will learn how health interrelates with disease, illness, and wellness. You will become familiar with the nursing process as you study concepts of health promotion, illness prevention, illness detection, safety, and clinical decision-making.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): NRSG 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
NRSG 111
Medical/Surgical Nursing Skills 1
3
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You will study types of microorganisms, their characteristics, and the relationship between the chain of infection, transmission of infection, and agents used to control microbial growth. You will describe differences between prions, virods, viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. You will demonstrate fundamental psychomotor nursing skills in a simulated lab setting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BIOL 103
Anatomy and Physiology 2
3
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In the second of a two-course sequence, you will continue to explore the human body focusing on the interaction between structure and function and the regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. You will examine how the levels of organization of the body and the components of cells, tissues and organs impact the form and function for the following body systems: endocrine, blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance and reproductive.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BIOL 102
Equivalent Course(s): BIOL 103CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
ENGL 101
Critical Reading and Writing
3
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You will develop basic skills in critical analysis, effective reading and composition by analyzing and evaluating materials from various disciplines. You will also refine your understanding and practice of the structures of composition by writing a report on a topic of your choice using APA-style format.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGL 101CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
NRSG 112
Pathophysiology
3
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You will be introduced to physiological illnesses across the lifespan. You will study organ system dysfunction and homeostatic imbalance, and the importance of nutrition. You will study hemodynamic monitoring, lab value analysis, and surgical principles.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
NRSG 113
Medical/Surgical Nursing Skills 2
3
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You will integrate the relationship between the chain of infection, the transmission of infection, and agents used to control microbial growth while practicing psychomotor skills. You will demonstrate intermediate and advanced psychomotor skills in a simulated lab setting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BIOL 102, CLIN 107, NRSG 100, NRSG 101, NRSG 109, NRSG 110, NRSG 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
NRSG 114
General Pharmacology
4
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You will focus on the principles of safe medication administration. You will study pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and related nursing interventions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): BIOL 102, CLIN 107, NRSG 100, NRSG 101, NRSG 109, NRSG 110, NRSG 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
NRSG 234
Physical Assessment
3
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You will be introduced to cultural, ethnic, social, and spiritual considerations in health assessment. You will perform holistic health and mental health assessments. You will collect and document subjective and objective data.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BIOL 102, CLIN 107, NRSG 100, NRSG 101, NRSG 109, NRSG 110, NRSG 111
Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
PSYC 163
Healthy Lifespan Development
3
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You will study human development from conception to death and examine theories and processes of human growth and development. You will discuss health promotion and health issues for each domain of development in relation to psychiatric nursing practice. You will explore physical, cognitive, social, and personality development across the lifespan.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 216
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 108
Clinical Practice Education 2
10
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You will focus on safe, competent, and holistic client-centred psychiatric nursing care for a minimum of two clients in a clinical practice education setting. You will recognize the importance of health and mental health promotion, as well as illness prevention and detection. You will develop therapeutic relationships and demonstrate therapeutic use of self. You will critically evaluate evidence-informed nursing care while managing self-care. You will also demonstrate the ability to safely administer medications.
Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 150.0
Prerequisites(s): BIOL 103, ENGL 101, NRSG 112, NRSG 113, NRSG 114, NRSG 234, PSYC 163
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
SOCI 171
Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society
3
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You will explore culture and diversity in Canada and the challenges they present. You will discuss the impacts of oppression, multiculturalism, immigration, social inequalities, and social justice at both personal and professional levels. You will discuss the historical and contemporary challenges of Indigenous peoples. You will also examine tools to foster social change and diversity competencies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 214
Clinical 2
11
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You will demonstrate psychiatric nursing assessments and interventions. You will provide safe, competent, and holistic client-centred psychiatric nursing care to a minimum of three clients. You will counsel individuals, and critically evaluate evidence-informed nursing care while demonstrating self-care concepts. You will also demonstrate safe medication administration.
Credit Units: 11
Course Hours: 168.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 108, SOCI 171, NRSG 238(concurrent), NRSG 239(concurrent), NRSG 240(concurrent), NRSG 241(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
NRSG 238
Individual Partnerships
3
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You will study effective professional helping skills with individuals. You will be introduced to evidence-based psychological interventions, selected theories of counselling, and several counselling approaches and strategies. You will apply this theory in a practice setting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 39.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 108, SOCI 171
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
NRSG 239
Addictions
3
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You will study addictions across the lifespan and be introduced to bio-psychosocial theories, the Four Pillars strategy, and assessment, screening, and diagnostic tools. You will examine psychiatric nursing interventions, treatments, and concepts in health promotion with diverse cultures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 108, SOCI 171
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Web Assisted Delivery Group
NRSG 240
Psychotropic Pharmacology
3
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You will be introduced to the concepts of psychopharmacology. You will study pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medications and related nursing interventions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 108, SOCI 171
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Web Assisted Delivery Group
NRSG 241
Psychiatric Nursing Assessment, Responses and Interventions
5
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You will focus on the psychiatric nursing assessment and interventions of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. You will be introduced to the concepts of psychological and spiritual health, as well as sociocultural components of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 69.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 108, SOCI 171
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Web Assisted Delivery Group

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 215
Clinical 3
11
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You will demonstrate psychiatric nursing assessments and interventions for individuals, groups, and/or families under faculty supervision. You will critically evaluate evidence-informed nursing care while demonstrating self-care concepts.
Credit Units: 11
Course Hours: 168.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 214, NRSG 238, NRSG 239, NRSG 240, NRSG 241, NRSG 242(concurrent), NRSG 246(concurrent), NRSG 248(concurrent), NRSG 259(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
NRSG 242
Group Partnerships
3
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You will be introduced to the foundations of group counselling. You will study group theory and group process. You will demonstrate group facilitation skills in a practice setting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 38.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 214, NRSG 238, NRSG 239, NRSG 240, NRSG 241
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Web Assisted Delivery Group
NRSG 246
Family Partnerships
3
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You will learn family theory, family assessment tools, and psychiatric nursing interventions that will prepare you to work with diverse families. You will learn about forms of family violence along with other issues that affect families. You will develop strategies to improve an individual’s functioning within the context of a family and have the opportunity for experiential learning through practice.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 38.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 214, NRSG 238, NRSG 239, NRSG 240, NRSG 241
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Web Assisted Delivery Group
NRSG 248
Community Partnerships
3
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You will study community theory and assessment tools. You will examine psychiatric nursing roles and interventions that will prepare you to work with individuals in diverse communities. You will also develop strategies for community improvement.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 39.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 214, NRSG 238, NRSG 239, NRSG 240, NRSG 241
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
NRSG 259
Psychiatric Nursing Assessment and Interventions 2
3
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You will focus on psychiatric nursing assessment and interventions of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. You will be introduced to comorbidity, relapse, and recovery concepts and will formulate plans of care.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 214, NRSG 238, NRSG 239, NRSG 240, NRSG 241
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 6

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 216
Clinical 4
11
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You will demonstrate guided psychiatric nursing assessments and interventions for individuals, groups, and/or families. You will study current and emerging health issues for marginalized and vulnerable populations. You will critically evaluate evidence-informed nursing care. You will demonstrate increased autonomy as you engage in personal and professional developmental activities to enhance your learning while you manage self-care.
Credit Units: 11
Course Hours: 168.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 215, NRSG 242, NRSG 246, NRSG 247(concurrent), NRSG 248, NRSG 259
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
NRSG 247
Forensics
3
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You will study the role of the psychiatric nurse in a forensic environment. You will examine professionalism, forensic culture and subculture, psychiatric nursing assessment, and intervention protocols. You will study the theory of care, custody, and control in forensic settings.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 38.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online

Year 3 - Semester 7

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 243
Clinical Practice Education 6
25
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You will demonstrate integration, synthesis, and application of theoretical concepts. You will critically evaluate evidence-informed nursing practice as you care for high acuity clients with comorbidities. During a preceptored clinical practice education experience, you will demonstrate autonomy and leadership principles. You will model roles and responsibilities of a graduate psychiatric nurse and engage in professional development opportunities as you manage self-care.
Credit Units: 25
Course Hours: 375.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 216, NRSG 247
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum

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Accreditation

Registered Psychiatric Nurses' Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS)

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