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Disorders of mental health for RN/RPN (PNRS 114)


Course Name


Disorders of Mental Health for RNs and RPNs


Course Description


This course is designed for Registered Nurses (RN) and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) 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 will be reviewed. Mental health challenges such as anxiety, mood, schizophrenic, substance-related (concurrent disorders), personality, eating and cognitive impairment disorders will be discussed. This course is evaluated through three multiple-choice examinations.


RNs and RPNs may register for specific professional development purposes, or as part of the RN Mental Health Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing Refresher certificate programs. Students interested in completing a 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 114



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.






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





Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here:


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 covered include:

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



Learning Resources


Austin & Boyd, Psychiatric Nursing for Canadian Practice


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 assignments
  • 3 multiple choice exams



Grading &

Course Completion



Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).


Students who successfully complete a CEHS Certificate Program will receive a credential through the Graduation Office, in the form of a certificate.

A letter of successful course completion for individual or grouped CEHS courses is available, but please allow 3-5 business days after placing a request with the CE-HS Program Assistant. 

An official Douglas College transcript can be ordered via my Account.



Completion Time-frame


6 months (250 hours) from course start date



Registration and Course Start


For RNs:


Please complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements.


For RPNs


Please complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, 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.


Summer 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
Apr 6, 2020 provided by dept Mar 27, 2020
May 4, 2020 provided by dept Apr 24, 2019
Jun 1, 2020 provided by dept May 22, 2020
Jul 6, 2020 provided by dept Jun 26, 2020
Aug 4, 2020 provided by dept Jul 24, 2020

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