Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing, Degree Completion for Registered Psychiatric Nurses

Intakes for this program have been postponed indefinitely.


For general information about the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN), please see the main program page.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) may be available for RPNs who have experiences equivalent to course outcomes, or have completed continuing education in various liberal education courses relevant to their nursing practice. The cost of PLA is the responsibility of the student.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program will be prepared to function as team members and leaders of mental health settings including forensic psychiatry, addiction facilities, acute care, intermediate and/or long term care hospitals, clinics, home care services, and various community health care centers.

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Admission Requirements

Admission is based on seat availability.

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

  • Successful completion of a recognized undergraduate Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, with a minimum of 90 credits.
  • 3 credits of undergraduate English (ENGL)
  • Proof of practicing membership (with no conditions) with The British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP), which must remain current throughout the program.
  • Valid Canadian CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR Health Care Provider (HCP) (Note: CPR certification must remain current throughout the program.)
  • An interview and/or letter of reference, if requested.

Note: Current immunization records are required prior to placement in a clinical or practice course. Students are responsible for all costs related to immunization. Failure to have acceptable immunization documentation at the time of placement or clinical practice course may jeopardize completion of the program.

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

The Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Degree Completion program requires completion of the following 37 credits with a minimum grade of C+ in each course.

The maximum allowable time students enrolled in KPU's Degree Completion for Registered Psychiatric Nurses program have to complete all program requirements for graduation is 7 years.

HEAL 1180Introduction to Health Research3
HEAL 2110First Nations Health3
HEAL 3101Conceptual Paradigms: A Feminist Perspective3
HEAL 3120Evidence Based Practice6
HEAL 3180Nursing Science 4: Health Research for Evidence Informed Practice3
PHIL 3010Health Care Ethics3
PSYN 3225Mental Health Leadership3
PSYN 4145Mental Health Nursing Practice 5: Consolidation7
SOCI 3345Social Policy in Context3
PSYN 32103
or PSYN 4110 Health and Healing 5: Fundamentals of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nursing
Total Credits37

Credential Awarded

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

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