Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing
Faculty of Nursing
Department of Psychiatric Nursing
The Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) builds on the foundation of a diploma in psychiatric nursing. This program is designed for diploma-prepared Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) who wish to pursue their passion for psychiatric/mental health nursing by further extending their knowledge and skills in their chosen field. The BPN is learner-centred, innovative, and offers a contextually relevant curriculum. The balance between liberal and professional education offers depth and breadth of studies, a global perspective, and an opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills and other professional attributes in such areas as community mental health, child and adolescent psychiatry, the criminal justice system, mental health and addictions, application of therapeutic modalities, nursing research, and leadership. With two intakes per year, opportunities for full- or part-time studies, and delivery through a variety of distance and on-line learning technologies, the 45-credit BPN program facilitates ease of access for RPNs from both urban and rural settings.
MacEwan University Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing graduates have advanced preparation for employment within complex health care environments. Attainment of a BPN facilitates opportunities for increased scope of practice and professional psychiatric/mental health nursing practice in a broader range of settings, including such areas as community mental health, counselling, family/group therapy, and forensics.
All courses completed for the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing degree are credit courses and may be transferable individually toward further study at other Alberta institutions. For current, detailed information on individual course transferability, refer to the Learner Pathways System at www.transferalberta.ca or contact the receiving institution directly.
Categories of Admission
Applicants may be admitted to one of the following:
Applicants must present a Psychiatric Nursing diploma (or equivalent) with an Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, applicants must present:
- Current registration on the practicing register as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Canada.
- A current registration as a psychiatric/mental health nurse in another country and be eligible for registration on the practicing register as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Canada.
*Provisional Admission may be assigned to applicants who have completed the academic requirements of a Psychiatric Nursing diploma but have not written the Canadian Registered Psychiatric Nurse Examination. The examination must be successfully completed within the first term of their program.
Additional Admission Criteria
All applicants must meet the following:
1. English Language Proficiency
To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar
Applicable to All Admission Categories
All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan University’s academic calendar or online at MacEwan.ca/ELP.
2. Spoken English Proficiency
To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar
Applicable to All Admission Categories
Applicants who speak English as a second language – regardless of citizenship – are required to submit official documents such as high school, post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan’s academic calendar or online at MacEwan.ca/ELP.
3. Other Admission Criteria
To be evaluated through the Program
Applicants offered admission must present a clear Police Information Check (or equivalent from another policing agency) that includes a Vulnerable Sector Search. The Police Information Check must be submitted by the published document deadline and have been issued within three months of the start of the program intake term.
Applicants who have two or more unsatisfactory academic records from any post-secondary program or institution will not be considered for admission or re-admission to the Program. For the purpose of admission or re-admission, an unsatisfactory record is defined as a transcript with the notation ‘required to withdraw’ or equivalent.
Program of Study
|HLST 320||Health and Society 1||3|
|HLST 321||Advanced Skills in Therapeutic Modalities 1||4|
|Option - Senior Social Science 1||3|
|NURS 341||Nursing Research Processes 1||3|
|PNRS 320||Trends and Issues in Mental Health Care 1||3|
|PNRS 321||Child/Adolescent Mental Health 1||3|
|Senior Elective 1||3|
|Option - Senior Philosophy 1||3|
|PNRS 420||Community Mental Health 1||4|
|PNRS 421||Mental Health and the Law 1||3|
|PNRS 422||Leadership for Psychiatric Nursing Practice 1||3|
|PNRS 423||Capstone Course 1||4|
The minimum passing grade for this course is a C-.
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
Students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from a Faculty School Advisor about fulfilling these degree requirements.
Program Time Limits - Exemption for the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Program
A student in the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing program (BPN) has five years from the first day of the term of acceptance to complete all requirements to be eligible for a credential (C2075 Program Time Limits).
Meeting of the academic residency requirement for the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing degree program requires completion of a minimum of 23 program credits through MacEwan University, including the 4-credit Capstone Course (PNRS 423). Courses completed to meet the admission requirements or completed through other institutions and assigned transfer credit, if any, cannot be used to meet the program’s residency requirement.
Program regulations also require all transfer credit(s) meet currency requirements. To be considered for credit all NURS and HLST equivalent courses must have been completed within five years immediately preceding a student's program start date. All other courses being considered for transfer credit must be completed within the 10 years immediately preceding a student's program start date. The decision to award transfer credit rests with the program and cannot be appealed.
Required English Course
Learners who do not have a three-credit post-secondary English course at the time of admission to this program will be required to complete the course prior to the second term of study (policy C1030, Required English Course).
Achievement of optimal learning outcomes is facilitated through concurrent assimilation of knowledge with practice. Learners completing the BPN program in Canada must therefore maintain a current active practice permit as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Canada and be in good standing with the regulatory body. Those completing the program outside of Canada must maintain current registration on the practice register as a psychiatric/mental health nurse in the other country. Learners wishing to temporarily change to non-practicing status must do so in consultation with the department chair.
The Program of Study for this program enables learner choice in the selection of the three specified 3-credit university-level theory course options (statistics course, philosophy course at the 200 level or higher, and social science course at the 200 level or higher) and two electives (Open and Senior elective). The Open Elective (100 level or higher) and Senior Elective (200 level or higher) exclude subject codes PNRS and NURS and may be chosen to extend knowledge within an area of interest. A post-secondary English course completed to meet the English course requirement cannot be used to meet an Elective requirement for this program.
Progression of Studies
Learners are responsible for ensuring they meet the prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements as specified in descriptions for program courses. Some flexibility in sequencing of courses is permitted, provided that specified pre- and co-requisites are adhered to. Course registration is required for participation in all program courses.
Professional Code of Conduct
Learners must adhere to the professional code of ethics and standards of psychiatric nursing practice for Registered Psychiatric Nurses, the professional code of conduct and the confidentiality agreements signed with MacEwan University and, as applicable, work integrated learning host agencies.
Learners admitted to this program are presumed to be capable of fulfilling the academic requirements of the program with, if applicable, provision of reasonable accommodation. The reasonable accommodation of learners with disabilities shall not require the university to lower its standards, academic or otherwise, nor shall it relieve a learner of the responsibility to develop and demonstrate the essential skills and competencies expected of all learners pursuing this program (policy E3400, Students with Disabilities).
Police Information Check
A current, clear Police Information Check (PIC) that includes a Vulnerable Sector Search is required for program admission. This check must be completed no earlier than 90 days prior to the program start date and submitted no later than the published document deadline. Having a pardon in progress does not meet the admission requirement for a clear PIC.
Regulations Governing Work Integrated Learning Activities
Selected field study or work integrated learning experiential activities may be incorporated into one or both of PNRS 420 (Community Mental Health) and PNRS 423 (Capstone Course). These can generally be completed within the learner’s home community. The learner is responsible for any costs they incur for materials, meals, travel and, where applicable, accommodation for these experiences. Learners must comply with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning and other applicable policies and regulations of the university, professional regulations, and policies and procedures of the host organization. In accordance with policy C2060, the university reserves the right to remove a learner from the work integrated learning experience at any point in the experience for serious performance issues (i.e., engaging in behaviour that places the client and/or others at risk or that is contrary to the professional or safety requirements of the placement). In such cases the Chair, through consultation with the Dean, will assign a grade of F in the course. Although the decision may be appealed according to policy E3103 Student Appeals, the learner will not be permitted to remain in the work integrated learning experience during the appeal.
Host agencies may specify additional prerequisite requirements for work integrated learning experiential activities, for example, currency of immunization against specified communicable diseases, N95 fit-testing, and Health Care Provider Level C Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate, and a current clear PIC with or without a child welfare check. Learners whose PIC status changes or who lack other specified additional requirements compromise their ability to complete the program requirements, as they may be denied work integrated learning experiences and, therefore, unable to meet graduation requirements.