Program

Psychiatric Nursing (Bachelor of Science Degree Completion)

Admission Type
Limited Enrolment

Overview

Are you a working psychiatric nurse looking for better career opportunities? With the Bachelor of Science Degree Completion in Psychiatric Nursing, you’ll upgrade your diploma into a degree at your own pace. 

A Psychiatric Nursing program designed for your busy lifestyle 

The Psychiatric Nursing Degree Completion Program is offered part-time, with all courses available online. There is also no practicum component, which lets you keep working while you study. 

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements: 

  1. Successful completion of credits as outlined in category one (33 credits), two (33 credits) or three (15 credits).

  2. Completion all course requirement within six (6) years from admission. Students may request 1- year extension. 

  3. A minimum of 15% Residency Requirement (18 credits) must be completed at Douglas College.

  4. A minimum grade of C+ in all PNUR and associate studies courses for new student admissions or re-admissions from Fall 2017 and beyond. Students admitted prior to Fall 2017 require a minimum C grade in all courses.

  5. A student may register for the same course for credit a maximum of two times. A student who withdraws after the last day to drop a course without receiving a ‘W’ grade will be considered to have registered.

  6. A minimum of GPA of 2.00 is required.

 

Curriculum

Category One: Douglas College Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Graduates from 2009 to date.

(Diploma program completed in the Winter, 2009 semester or later) 

PNUR Required Courses (no course substitutions)

Credit

PNUR 3171 Family Health Promotion in Psychiatric Nursing Practice

3

PNUR 4575 Psychiatric Nursing Research 

3

PNUR Electives - Choose one PNUR course from list below (no course substitutions) 

Credit 

PNUR 4573 Psychiatric Nursing of Children and Adolescents

3

PNUR 4574 Emergency Mental Health Nursing 

3

PNUR 4576 Trauma Informed Practices 

3

Associated Studies Required Courses 

Credit

ENGLISH Elective (UT) 

3

BIOL 2401 Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences or
3 - credit UT Science course

3

MATH 1160 Introduction to Statistics  or 

PSYC 2300 Data Analysis in Psychology or 

BUSN 2429 Business Statistics

3

PSYC 2341 Abnormal Psychology

3

PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology I  or

PSYC 1130 Lifespan Human Development (if not used in diploma)

3

PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology II

3

Open Elective (UT)

3

Open Elective (UT)

3

Total:

33

 

Category Two: Douglas College Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Graduates Prior to 2009 and Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Graduates from Other Institutions (Douglas College diploma program completed in Fall 2008 semester or prior).

Important: *It is strongly recommended that PNUR 3700 be taken prior to all other PNUR courses 

PNUR Required Courses (no course substitutions)

Credit

PNUR 3700* Professional Psychiatric Nursing Concepts

3

PNUR 3171 Family Health Promotion in Psychiatric Nursing Practice

3

PNUR 4575 Psychiatric Nursing Research 

3

PNUR Electives- Choose two PNUR courses from list below (no course substitutions)

Credit 

PNUR 4573 Psychiatric Nursing of Children and Adolescents 

PNUR 4574 Emergency Mental Health Nursing 

PNUR 4576 Trauma Informed Practices 

3

Associated Studies Required Courses

Credit

English elective (UT)

3

BIOL 2401 Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences or      3 - credit UT Science course

3

MATH 1160 Introduction to Statistics or 

PSYC 2300 Data Analysis in Psychology or 

BUSN 2429 Business Statistics

3

PHIL 3125 Ethics for Psychiatric Nursing

3

PSYCHOLOGY Elective (UT)

3

Open Elective (UT)

3

Total:

33

 

Category Three: Douglas College Advanced Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Program Graduates 

PNUR Required Courses (no course substitutions)

Credit

PNUR 4575 Psychiatric Nursing Research

3

Associated Studies Required Courses 

Credit

ENGLISH Elective (UT) 

PHIL 3125 Ethics for Psychiatric Nursing

MATH 1160 Introduction to Statistics or

PSYC 2300 Data Analysis in Pyschology or 

BUSN 2429 Business Statistics

Open Elective (UT)

 Total:

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admissions Requirements

1. Current practicing RPN license

2. Transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended

3. An attestation letter from the institution that granted your Psychiatric Nursing Diploma. The letter must indicate if any transfer credit was granted by the institution and used towards the diploma, along with a listing of those courses. The letter must also state which (if any) courses on the transcript were NOT used to fulfill the requirements of the diploma.

 

Admission Categories:

Degree Completion admissions are listed under the following three categories:

Category One: Douglas College Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Graduates from 2009 to date (Diploma program completed in the Winter 2009 semester or later)

Category Two: Douglas College Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Graduates Prior to 2009 and Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Graduates from Other Institutions (Douglas diploma program completed in the Fall 2008 semester or prior)

Category Three: Douglas College Advanced Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Program Graduates

 

Note:

Some courses listed in each category have prerequisites. Please check each course in the College Catalogue prior to registration.

Courses used towards a student's previous diploma may not be duplicated or used towards the BSPN Degree. 

This is considered a part- time program. 

 

 

 

Cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include: 

  • Psychiatric Nurse Educator 

  • Psychiatric Liaison Nurse 

  • Leadership and Management Roles 

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

FAQs

We have two intakes per year (Fall and Winter). The first step is to apply to Douglas College. After applying, you will receive an email from the Admissions Officer with detailed instructions regarding your next steps. 

The courses required to complete the BSPN are divided into three categories and are dependent upon when and where you completed your Psychiatric Nursing Diploma.   

It is strongly recommended that Category 2 students take PNUR 3700 prior to all other PNUR courses. The remaining order of courses will depend on course offering and the requirements within your category.

If a student is admitted to the program and does not have high school credit for Foundations of Math 11 or Principles of Math 11 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent), math upgrading may be required to meet the math prerequisite for registration in PSYC 2300, MATH 1160 or BUSN 2429 (or one of their equivalent courses). 

Douglas College offers the Psychiatric Nursing courses online (and PHIL 3125 Ethics for Psychiatric Nursing). The Associated Studies courses (non-Psychiatric Nursing courses) are not offered online at Douglas College on a consistent basis. They can be taken on campus at Douglas College; at a post secondary institution in your community; or through an online university such as Athabasca University or Thompson Rivers Open University (TRU-OL).  If you are taking these courses at Douglas College, you will need to confirm that you meet the prerequisites for each course. 

If you are planning to take the Associated Studies courses at another post-secondary institution, an Student Success Advisor will be able to confirm if the course you are planning to take elsewhere will transfer to Douglas College as the required course toward completion of the BSPN.   

You will receive an email alerting you to log onto the website to check your registration date and time. More details on registering for courses can be found on our Register page. Please note that all courses are not offered every semester,  seats are limited in each course and registration is competitive.  It is recommended that you register on the date and at the time your registration period begins in order to increase your chances of securing seats in the courses you require. 

If you have taken the Associated Studies courses (English, Psychology, Science, Statistics and Open elective) previously and wish to apply to transfer these courses to Douglas College, please forward your official post-secondary transcript along with a Transfer Credit Request form to the Registrar’s Office. 

The transfer credit process takes approximately 6 weeks. You may need to send detailed course outlines along with the Transfer Credit Request form.  

Please note: Courses that were used to meet the graduation requirements of your Psychiatric Nursing Diploma cannot be used a second time toward graduation of the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing.  

You will receive an email prior to registration each semester outlining which courses are being offered and the corresponding Course Reference numbers (CRN) that you will use during the registration process.    

These courses will also be listed under Courses in the Program and Course Catalogue. You can check seat availability in individual courses by clicking on the Schedule tab in each course, and then clicking on the section you are interested in. 

Please note that you will not have access to all of the Psychiatric Nursing courses offered. Certain courses are restricted to our daytime degree students. The courses that are designated for the “degree completion students” will have a notation in bold beneath the course (Section Notes).   

Associated Studies courses are intended to be broad in scope and to assist the student to gain breadth of knowledge and understanding outside the field of focused study therefore the Open Elective does not include any Psychiatric Nursing, General Nursing, Health Sciences or Medical Sciences courses. 

Fran Barlow 
Program Support and Services Specialist 
barlowf@douglascollege.ca 
T 604 777 6406 F 604 777 6500 

More Information

Students are expected to have sufficient computer skills to manage online learning. 

Note: The Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing Degree Completion Program increased the graduation requirement grade to a C+ in all Degree Completion courses for new admissions and re-admissions from September 2017 and beyond.

 

Re-Admissions

If a student is not registered in a course at Douglas College for three consecutive semesters (Fall/Winter/Summer), the student must re-apply to the program. For students who re-apply to the program after September 2017, please note the increased grade requirement.

 

Important Course Planning Considerations

1. Some courses listed in each category have prerequisites. Please check each course in the course catalogue prior to registration.

2. Courses used towards a student's previous diploma may not be duplicated or used towards the BSPN degree.

3. If a student is admitted into the BSPN Degree Completion program and does not have high school credit for Foundations of Math 11 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C, Math upgrading may be required to meet the prerequisite for PSYC 2300 or MATH 1160 (or equivalent).  If wanting to take BUSN 2429, BC Principles of Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum grade of C is required, or FINC 1231
 
 

Sequence of Courses

PNUR courses and PHIL 3125 are offered with limited availability and only during the Fall and Winter semesters. If you are unable to register in a PNUR course in a desired semester, or during the summer, it is recommended that you register in an associated study course during this time. A roll out of PNUR course availability will be provided each semester once you are admitted to the Degree Completion Pathway.

For category two students, it is recommended that you start with PNUR 3700 as this provides the foundation for all other PNUR course work. Note that if you are a Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Diploma graduate from 2009 to 2018 and beyond or an Advanced Diploma graduate, you do not need this course, so please check your category first.

 

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit from other educational institutions is not automatically granted. Students must request transfer credit by submitting an official transcript from the educational institution where the course was taken, along with a Transfer Credit Request Form. For detailed and up-to-date information on transferring from one institution, to another institution, see our Transfer Your Credits page. Detailed course outlines of courses taken at a B.C. institution may also need to be submitted before credit can be evaluated. Submission of detailed course outlines will be required for credit evaluation of courses taken outside of B.C. institutions.

Important Transfer Credit Notices:

  1. Courses that were used to meet the graduation requirements of your Psychiatric Nursing Diploma cannot be used a second time toward graduation of the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing.
     
  2. Transfer credit for Psychiatric Nursing (PNUR) designated courses will not be granted.  Only courses in subjects other than PNUR will be evaluated for transfer credit.
     
  3. The Registrar’s Office will take a minimum of six weeks to process transfer credit requests.
     
  4. All applicants should submit an attestation letter from the institution that granted their Psychiatric Nursing Diploma. The letter must indicate if any transfer credit was granted by the institution and used towards the diploma, along with a listing of those courses. The letter must also state which (if any) courses on the transcript were NOT used to fulfill the requirements of the diploma.

Transfer Credit Request Deadlines

To ensure transfer credit requests are processed in time for your registration, all requests and documentation must be received by:

April 15 for Fall Semester

September 15 for Winter Semester

January 15 for Summer Semester

If you require transfer credit for registration purposes but have been admitted to the College after the deadlines listed above, please contact the appropriate department with your official transcript.  You may be able to request a prerequisite override.  Overrides are granted at the discretion of the department.

 

Curriculum Guidelines 

Program Curriculum Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.