Curriculum Guideline

Psychiatric Nursing (Diploma)

Effective Date:
Program Code
Health Sciences
Nursing - Psychiatric
Credential Type
Transcript Title
Psychiatric Nursing Diploma
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Not Specified
Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing
Length of Program
Six semesters
Admissions Requirements

The final intake of the Psychiatric Nursing Diploma program was Winter 2016.  Applications to the program are now closed.

Students who are interested in this field should see the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing.

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 90.50 credits
  • 25% (22.50 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Minimum grade of "C" is required in all gradeable courses

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Semester I
BIOL 1103 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - or equivalent 3.00
ENGL 1130

Academic Writing - or approved substitution
(course to be completed prior to entering Semester Three)

PHIL 3125 Philosophy for Psychiatric Nurses 3.00
PNUR 1101 Psychiatric Nursing Concepts I  4.50
PNUR 1121 Therapeutic Relations I 1.50
PNUR 1130 Clinical Procedures I 1.50
Total Semester I Credits    16.50
Semester II
BIOL 1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - or equivalent 3.00
PNUR 1201 Psychiatric Nursing Concepts II 3.00
PNUR 1221 Therapeutic Relations II 1.50
PNUR 1230 Clinical Procedures II 1.50
PNUR 1250 Psychiatric Nursing Pharmacology I 1.50
PNUR 1261 Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Practice I  5.00
Total Semester II Credits   15.50
Semester III
PNUR 2301 Psychiatric Nursing Concepts III  4.50
PNUR 2321 Therapeutic Relations III 1.50
PNUR 2330 Clinical Procedures III 1.50
PNUR 2351 Psychiatric Nursing Pharmacology II 1.50
PNUR 2361 Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Practice II  5.00
PNUR 4585 Psychiatric Nursing in Addictions and Mental Health 3.00
Total Semester III Credits   17.00
Semester IV
PNUR 3401 Psychiatric Nursing Concepts IV 4.50
PNUR 3421 Therapeutic Relations IV 1.50
PNUR 3430 Clinical Procedures IV 1.50
PNUR 3461 Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Practice III 5.00
PNUR 3341 Group Theory 1.50
 Total Semester IV Credits   14.00
Semester V
PNUR 4503 Comprehensive Geriatric Theory 3.00
PNUR 4572 Psychiatric Nursing Community Concepts 3.00
PNUR 4521 Therapeutic Relations V 1.50
PNUR 4561 Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Practice IV 5.00
PNUR 4573 Psychiatric Nursing of Children and Adolescents 3.00
Total Semester V Credits   15.50
Semester VI
PNUR 4601 Nursing Leadership and Management 3.00
PNUR 4661 Psychiatric Nursing Degree/Diploma Clinical Practice V: Preceptorship 9.00
Total Semester VI Credits   12.00
Total Program Credits   90.50

**Students are required to have credit (“C” grade or higher) in BIOL 1103, BIOL 1203 and ENGL 1130 prior to entering Semester 3.