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LPN Mental Health Nursing Certificate

LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) Mental Health Nursing Certificate Program

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.

The full program includes five courses, including a clinical component.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be equipped to:

  • demonstrate responsibility and accountability for 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.


The Knowledge Transfer (KT) course (PNRS 140) transfers/applies the four Mental Health courses to clinical practice at the student's workplace. Students complete a series of assignments that are downloaded and submitted online. These assignments are critiqued by the instructor using detailed grading forms and e-mail feedback. This flexible application of the knowledge base allows staff nurses to continue their paid employment while continuing their learning.

Entrance Requirements

Prior to registration in the LPN Mental Health Certificate Program, the applicant must submit:

  • a program application form (link below) to the Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing Education; and
  • a copy of current active registration in the CLPNBC. Canadian applicants outside of B.C. submit a copy of their active LPN registration from their province. Applicants from outside Canada submit a copy of their registration. Additional evidence of nursing license/qualifications may be required.

Program Duration

Students have a maximum of twenty-four months to complete the program.  However, this is a maximum timeframe.  As courses are self-paced and registration is continuous, dedicated students may complete the entire program in less than the maximum time permitted.


Upon successful completion of the program, students are granted a Douglas College Continuing Education program certificate in LPN Mental Health Nursing.

LPN Mental Health application form:  LPN MH Program Application Form