Psychiatric Nursing Education Programs

The CRPNBC is responsible for establishing the standards of academic achievement required for registration as a psychiatric nurse in BC, and for recognizing educational programs that meet these standards. The following documents set out these standards, and our recognition process:

British Columbia

Douglas College

The following credentials obtained through Douglas College are currently recognized by CRPNBC as meeting the educational requirements for registration as an RPN:

  • Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing
    This program is now closed, with its final intake having taken place in January 2016. This does not affect the eligibility of those who have completed the program to register with CRPNBC.

Douglas College also offers a degree completion program for RPNs with diplomas, wishing to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. This is an academic credential only, and is not recognized as meeting the education requirements for registration.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The following credential obtained through Kwantlen Polytechnic University is currently recognized by CRPNBC as meeting the educational requirements for registration as an RPN:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University also offers a degree completion program for RPNs with diplomas, wishing to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. This is an academic credential only, and is not recognized as meeting the education requirements for registration.

Stenberg College

The following credential obtained through Stenberg College is currently recognized as meeting the educational requirements for registration as an RPN:

Psychiatric nursing programs outside of British Columbia

Canada

Psychiatric nursing education programs are currently offered in three other Canadian provinces- Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The recognition process for these programs is administered by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba, and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan respectively.

The following education programs are currently recognized as meeting the education requirements for registration as an RPN in Canada:

Graduates of approved psychiatric nursing programs in these other provinces may apply for registration with CRPNBC as an interprovincial applicant.

Outside of Canada

Those who have completed their psychiatric nursing education outside of Canada must apply for registration with CRPNBC as an international applicant, unless they have first been registered as an RPN in Alberta, Manitoba or Saskatchewan.

 

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