Disorders of mental health for LPN (PNRS 113)

Course Name

Disorders of Mental Health for LPNs

Course Description

This course is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who wish to enhance their skills in working with clients experiencing mental health issues and their families.

Theory related to mental health disorders including neurobiology and psychopharmacology are reviewed in this course. The major mental health disorders are also considered, including anxiety, mood, personality, eating and cognitive impairment disorders, addictions and schizophrenia.

LPNs may register for specific professional development purposes, or as part of the LPN Mental Health Nursing certificate program. Students interested in completing the certificate program must apply for admission and be accepted into the program. Details of the required documents and program application forms are available on the program web page. Please note that a maximum of one course completed for professional development may be applied toward satisfaction of certificate program requirements.

Subject Code

PNRS 113

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will

  • meet the learning objectives outlined in each section of the course material;
  • identify nursing interventions for working with people experiencing mental health disorders; and
  • develop self-awareness into own attitudes toward the various disorders of mental health.


$842.00 (as of Fall semester 2021)

Textbooks not included in tuition fee. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.


Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent.

Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration but may be requested by Douglas College.

Course Content

Topics include:

  • neurobiology and psychopharmacology;
  • anxiety and somatoform disorders
  • mood disorders
  • schizophrenic disorders
  • substance-related disorders
  • personality disorders
  • eating disorders
  • cognitive disorders

Learning Resources

Videbeck, S. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Ralph, I. Psychotropic Agents

Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.

Instruction Method

Interactive online course in Blackboard

Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.


  • 5 short written assignments
  • 3 multiple-choice exams


Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).

This course may be taken for professional development, or as part of the LPN Mental Health Nursing Certificate.

Completion Timeframe

8 months (125 hours) from course start date

Registration and Course Start

Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to: cehs@douglascollege.ca, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.

Calendar - Registration dates & deadlines.