The LPN Mental Health Nursing Certificate program is a self-paced, on-line, instructor-supported program that has been developed for Licensed Practical Nurses wishing to enhance their knowledge about care for clients with mental health concerns.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are required to have completed a recognized LPN program and active LPN registration to enroll. This is not a program to become an licensed LPN.
The full program includes five courses, including a knowledge transfer course.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program graduates will be equipped to:
- demonstrate responsibility and accountability for their own psychiatric nursing practice;
- apply communication theory and skills effectively to initiate, maintain and terminate therapeutic relationships;
- demonstrate self-awareness in relationships with individuals and their significant others to facilitate therapeutic relationships;
- in collaboration with the client and staff, use problem-solving and specialized knowledge and skills to accurately assess, plan, implement, evaluate and adapt a plan of care for a client in a mental health setting;
- apply principles of teaching and learning to assist individuals to meet mental health-related needs;
- demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own nursing practice in a mental health setting;
- demonstrate beginning leadership skills within the mental health team;
- utilize agency and community resources to promote mental health;
- demonstrate clear, accurate oral and written communication regarding a client's health status and response to therapeutic interventions; and
- critique the quality of own practice with legal, scope of practice, and ethical parameters.
- Therapeutic Relationships in Mental Health (PNRS 101)
- Assessment and Promotion of Mental Health (PNRS 106)
- Disorders of Mental Health (PNRS 113)
- Professional Practice in Mental Health (PNRS 121)
- Knowledge Transfer: On-line and at Your Workplace (PNRS 140)
Prior to registration in the LPN Mental Health Certificate Program, you must submit to Continuing Education, Faculty of Health Sciences:
- a program application form;
- a copy of your current resume, highlighting your education and experience as an LPN;
- proof of completion of a recognized LPN education program;
- a copy of current active registration as an LPN;
- a letter of intent that describes your personal goals and vision for your future practice, and how completion of this program aligns with your goals (maximum of one page);
- two letters of reference (one must be a work-related reference; the other may be a personal reference); and
- proof of completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or equivalent LPI test results (score of 4 on all sections).
NOTE: In order to enroll in and complete the final course, you must be working in a mental health environment where you have continuous, ongoing access to clients. All courses must be completed in order to receive a credential.
Each course has its own tuition fee. Tuition is noted on the individual course pages linked above.
You have a maximum of 24 months to complete the program.
This is a maximum timeline, based on the maximum timelines available to complete each of the courses in the program. As courses are self-paced and begin once per month, dedicated students may complete the entire program in less than the maximum time permitted.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be granted a Douglas College Continuing Education program certificate in LPN Mental Health Nursing.
For more information regarding application to the program, please contact the RPN Refresher Program Assistant by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (604) 777-6405.