Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Continuing Education > Health Sciences > RN Mental Health Nursing Certificate
The RN Mental Health Certificate Program is a self-paced, on-line, instructor-supported program that prepares Registered Nurses to work in a Mental Health setting. The full program includes four courses and a clinical component.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program graduates will be equipped to:
The clinical component of the program is the student’s opportunity to apply their learning to their practice. The form that their clinical experience will take will be based on the student’s experience and learning needs, as determined through an interview with the Douglas College Continuing Education faculty. The forms of clinical experience are:
The Knowledge Transfer (KT) course 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.
Under the supervision of a volunteer preceptor, the student is required to complete 160 hours of clinical practice at a psychiatric/mental health nursing clinical setting that provides nursing care for a variety of clients with common mental health problems. The student will be required to: establish, maintain and terminate therapeutic relationships; admit a client; assess, develop and evaluate nursing care plans; develop and implement a teaching/learning and discharge plan; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of drugs to be administered; participate in organized activities; and carry out routine psychiatric nursing care as part of the health care team in the clinical setting. This preceptorship takes approximately one month to complete on a full-time basis; part-time preceptorships are possible. Paid employment may not constitute any of the clinical hours required. Students are urged to plan to make work and family arrangements to accommodate the preceptorship time required. Summer and late December preceptorships are avoided.
Program Admission Requirements
Program applicants must submit:
Three months prior to the clinical practice experience, students who take the clinical practice experience must submit a:
P.O. Box 2503
New Westminster, BC V3L 5B2
Students have a maximum of twenty-four months to complete the program with Knowledge Transfer completion; up to eighteen months to complete the program with Clinical Practice completion.
This is a maximum timeline. 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: RN Mental Health Nursing.
Download RNMH Program Application Form