Curriculum Guideline

Academic Foundations for Potential Psychiatric Nursing Applicants

Effective Date:
Program Code
Health Sciences
Nursing - Psychiatric
Credential Type
Transcript Title
Academic Foundations Cert
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Not Specified
Certificate in Academic Foundations
Length of Program
One year
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • English 12 or English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Biology 11 or 12 or Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Foundations of Math 11 or 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)

*In most cases, university transfer courses completed in the above subject areas can be used toward meeting the entrance requirements.

Students offered a seat in this cohort will receive priority registration and have earlier access to the courses required for entry to the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing (BSPN) program.

Students who are offered a seat in the cohort are not guaranteed admission to the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing program. Students may apply to the BSPN program for the Fall or Winter semester following completion of the required 30 credits listed under the curriculum tab on this page.

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College if students are applying to graduate with a Certificate in Academic Foundations

A minimum grade of C+ is required in each course to be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing program and students must complete the courses with the required grade of C+ within two (2) course attempts.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following three options:

BUSN 2429

Business Statistics


MATH 1160

Introduction to Statistics


PSYC 2300

Data Analysis in Psychology


Required Courses:

BIOL 1103*

Human Anatomy and Physiology I


BIOL 1203**

Human Anatomy and Physiology II


BIOL 2200



BIOL 2401

Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences


ENGL 1130***

Academic Writing


ENGL elective (UT)***/****

Select any university transferable English (ENGL) course.


PSYC 1100

An Introduction to Psychology (I)


PSYC 1200

An Introduction to Psychology (II)


Elective (UT)***/****

Select any university transferable course.


Total Credits



*BIOL 1109 can be used as a substitution for BIOL 1103.

**BIOL 1209 can be used as a substitution for BIOL 1203.

***A university transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide. 

****The following courses are highly recommended for the UT elective and/or the ENGL requirements:

  • ANTH 1120: Indigenous Cultures of British Columbia
  • ANTH 1160: Indigenous Cultures of Canada
  • ANTH 2220: Anthropology of Healing 
  • HIST 1170: Global Indigenous Histories
  • HIST 2210: History of British Columbia
  • HIST 2270: History of Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • Any course designated as meeting the Indigenous content requirement for the Certificate in Academic Foundations (Indigenous Studies)