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Academic Foundations for Potential Psychiatric Nursing Applicants

Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 30.0
Length: One year
Campuses: New Westminster, Coquitlam
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview

This set of 10 university-transfer courses (30 credits) prepares students for entrance to the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing (BSPN) program.

Students seeking entry to the BSPN program, must first be admitted to this program and complete all required courses with a minimum grade of C+ in each.

Students accepted to this limited enrolment program receive priority registration for the courses that are required for entrance to the BSPN program.

APPLY EARLY:  Students are admitted on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis.  Applications will be accepted until the program is filled.

IMPORTANT: Acceptance to this program and completion of the required courses does NOT guarantee admission to the BSPN program. Once students have completed the required 30 credits with a minimum grade of C+ in each course, they may apply to the BSPN program.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
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.

** 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. 

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following two options:


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/BIOL 1209 can be used as a substitution.


admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • English 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 transferable coursework 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.

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.

curriculum 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.

block transfer

This program provides block transfer to several Douglas College programs and:

Simon Fraser University
University of Northern BC
University of Victoria

noticecurriculum notice

There is an upcoming curriculum change scheduled for .
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