Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

Description

The program is recognized by the The British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).

The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) program philosophy consists of three guiding principles and six core concepts. These provide the philosophical foundation for the BPN program and basic assumptions that are inter-woven through all aspects of the BPN program curriculum and underpin its' philosophical framework. They provide grounding in health promotion, therapeutic relationship and diversity.

The core concepts are articulated and place the client at the center of our model. These include: client centeredness, being, situatedness, choice, professionalism, and teaching and learning. The person (client) is considered within the context of their culture, religion, ethnicity, race, historical experiences, spirituality and abilities. Diversity and equality are values running through the entire curriculum. This “ecological” theme considers the impact of the environment, social determinants of health, definitions of health, and prevention and promotion on a person’s well-being.

The BPN program is developed in the context of psychiatric nursing theory based on best practice and the therapeutic use of self in interpersonal relationships. A health promotion perspective has been used to organize and construct the curriculum. This shift in focus from illness to health represents a deliberate move away from a disease model, to a model focusing on the person's experience with health and healing (Austin and Boyd, 2015). Inherent to these orientations is the use of teaching methodologies, which encourage the development of analytical and critical thinking based on praxis, and the discovery of personal meaning and personal power.

The BPN program philosophy recognizes the foundational role of praxis in psychiatric nursing theory and recognizes that psychiatric nursing practice requires thoughtful, reflective action. To assist in actualizing the concept of praxis, nursing practice experiences are integrated throughout the program of studies. The concept of praxis is used to guide learners to critically reflect on their practice and on their application of psychiatric nursing knowledge and clinical judgment within the practice setting.

Students who enroll in the program will receive a student resource manual that provides information regarding program guidelines. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University policies and BPN program guidelines.

Please be advised that applications to this program will only be accepted from Canadian citizens and permanent residents / landed immigrants of Canada.

Nursing Practice Experiences

Psychiatric/mental health nursing practice experiences are essential in the BPN program. Students will be directly involved with clients in their homes, institutional and community settings in each semester. Note: These experiences may involve days, evenings, nights and weekends. Practice experiences occur throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Students may choose to have placements locally, nationally and internationally for some components of the program. Students are responsible for their own transportation and other expenses incurred during these experiences.

Some agencies may require students to take an Oath of Confidentiality, have an additional criminal record search, or have a successful interview with their personnel prior to their acceptance. Failure to have documentation acceptable to the agency at the time of placement may result in denial of the experience, which in turn may prevent completion of the program of studies.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/health

Department's website: kpu.ca/health/bpn

Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Health Foundations fulfills the first-year requirements of the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing. In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or an undergraduate English course with a minimum grade of C+
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or an undergraduate Biology course with a minimum grade of C+
  • Chemistry 11 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B; or an undergraduate Chemistry course with a minimum grade of C+
  • Level D1 as defined in the Mathematics Alternatives Table; or an undergraduate Math course with a minimum grade of C+

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission selection will be based on the highest admission average of the above required courses.

Note: while the Certificate in Health Foundations is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students, the Nursing program will only accept applications from Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or Landed Immigrants.

On May 31, 2021 changes to the admission requirements for this program were approved by Senate. Effective September 2022 the following conditions will apply:

Please be advised that applications to this program will only be accepted from Canadian citizens and permanent residents / landed immigrants of Canada.

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • BIOL 1160 with a minimum grade of C+
  • BIOL 1260 with a minimum grade of C+
  • ENGL 1100 with a minimum grade of C+
  • MATH 1115 with a minimum grade of C+
  • PSYC 1100 with a minimum grade of C+
  • PSYC 1200 with a minimum grade of C+
  • SOCI 1125 with a minimum grade of C+
  • 9 credits of undergraduate-level courses with a minimum grade of C+ from any of:
  • Completion of the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics Assessment (CASPer) (For further information, see kpu.ca/health/bpn)

Admission selection will be based on the highest admission GPA of the above required courses in combination with the CASPer score.

Once students have received a conditional offer of admission and before final admission to the program is granted, students must submit the following:

  • Valid Canadian CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR Health Care Provider (HCP) (Note: CPR certification must remain current throughout the program.)
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate
  • An acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program.
  • Immunization Record Form reflecting required immunizations as per Practice Education Guidelines for BC. Note: Practice Education Guidelines (PEG) for BC outline immunizations for vaccine preventable communicable diseases required by students for participation in practice experiences. KPU Faculty of Health is required to comply with these requirements. Students that are unvaccinated may not be able to be accepted into the program. Students who are accepted into the program will also be required to maintain immunizations as per the PEG.

To ensure a pathway is available for specific student populations in the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing, the following program reserves are in place for each intake: three (3) seats will be reserved for graduates of KPU's Certificate in Health Care Assistant program, and three (3) seats for self-declared Indigenous students. Any reserved seats that are not offered to the above noted specific student population will be offered to the general pool of qualified BPN applicants.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Health degree must declare the credential. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of the Certificate in Health Foundations with a minimum GPA of 2.67 and no grade lower than a C+.
  • Completion of the CASPer assessment. (For further information, see kpu.ca/health/bpn)

If seats are oversubscribed, admittance to Year 2 will be based on a combination of GPA from the Certificate in Health Foundations and CASPer results. Upon being offered admittance to Year 2 students will be required to submit documentation of the following before their declaration is granted:

  • Valid Canadian CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR Health Care Provider (HCP) (Note: CPR certification must remain current throughout the program.)
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate
  • An acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program.
  • Immunization Record Form reflecting required immunizations as per Practice Education Guidelines for BC. Note: Practice Education Guidelines (PEG) for BC outline immunizations for vaccine preventable communicable diseases required by students for participation in practice experiences. KPU Faculty of Health is required to comply with these requirements. Students that are unvaccinated may not be able to be accepted into the program. Students who are accepted into the program will also be required to maintain immunizations as per the PEG.

To ensure a pathway is available for specific student populations in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the following program reserves are in place for each intake: three (3) seats will be reserved for graduates of KPU's Certificate in Health Care Assistant program, and three (3) seats for self-declared Indigenous students. Any reserved seats that are not offered to the above noted specific student population will be offered to the general pool of qualified BPN applicants.

Continuance Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.67 with a minimum grade of C+ in all required courses, including electives. Non-adherence to these requirements will result in removal from the program.

Curricular Requirements

Year 1

The Certificate in Health Foundations fulfills the first-year requirements of the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing. The Certificate in Health Foundations may be completed in two semesters by full-time students or over a longer period of time by part-time students.

Following completion of the Certificate in Health Foundations and enrollment into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) program, the maximum allowable time that students have to complete all program requirements for graduation is seven years.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Term 3Credits
Psychosocial Rehabilitation  
HEAL 2150 Health Lab Practice 2 3
PSYN 2110 Essentials of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 2
PSYN 2125 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Pharmacology and Other Therapeutics 3
PSYN 2130 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Communication 3
PSYN 2145 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Practice I 3
PSYN 2160 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Psychosocial Rehabilitation 3
 Credits17
Term 4
Health and Healing I  
ANTH 2163 Culture, Health and Well-Being 3
HEAL 2110 First Nations Health 3
HEAL 2250 Health Lab Practice 3 3
PSYN 2230 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Health and Healing I 3
PSYN 2245 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Practice II 4
 Credits16
Year 3
Term 5
Health and Healing II  
HEAL 3101 Conceptual Paradigms: A Feminist Perspective 3
PSYC 3920 Aging 3
PSYN 3130 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Health and Healing II 3
PSYN 3145 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Practice III 4
PSYN 3146 Consolidated Practice: Medical/Surgical Nursing 3
 Credits16
Term 6
Global Health  
HEAL 3180 Nursing Science 4: Health Research for Evidence Informed Practice 3
PSYN 3210 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Global Health 3
PSYN 3211 Issues and Trends in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 3
PSYN 3225 Leadership and Management in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 3
PSYN 3245 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Practice IV 4
 Credits16
Year 4
Term 7
Consolidation  
PHIL 3010 Health Care Ethics 3
PSYN 4110 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Child and Adolescent 3
PSYN 4145 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Consolidation 7
SOCI 3345 Social Policy in Context 3
 Credits16
Term 8
Preceptorship  
PSYN 4245 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Preceptorship 10
 Credits10
 Total Credits91

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN).

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