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Disorders of Mental Health

Disorders of Mental Health

This curriculum has been customized to meet the differing needs of RPN/RN and LPN audiences, although the descriptions appear to be similar. When you register in the course using the registration form (link below), please check the appropriate box to identify your practicing registration so we can register you in the appropriate section of the course.

Course Name

Disorders of Mental Health (RPN/RN)

Course Description This course is designed for Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) and Registered Nurses (RN) 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.
Course Number
  • 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.
Tuition $780
Textbooks not included
Pre-requisites
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or  Equivalent
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
Instruction Method
  • Interactive online course in Blackboard
Assignments and due dates
  • 5 short assignments
  • 3 multiple choice exams
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60%.
This course may be taken independently or as part of the RN Mental Health Nursing Certificate or Psychiatric Nursing Refresher Certificate programs.
Completion Timeframe 6 months (125 hours) from registration date
Course Name

Disorders of Mental Health (LPN)

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.
Course Number
  • 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.
Tuition $780
Textbooks not included
Pre-requisites
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or  Equivalent
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
Instruction Method
  • Interactive online course in Blackboard
Assignments and due dates
  • 5 short written assignments
  • 3 multiple-choice exams
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60%.
This course may be taken independently, or as part of the LPN Mental Health Nursing Certificate or RN Qualifying Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing.
Completion Timeframe 8 months (125 hours) from registration date

Download registration form:

LPN DMH PNRS 113 Registration Form (pdf)

RN DMH-Adv PNRS 114 Registration form (pdf)