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Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Continuing Education > Health Sciences > RN Qualifying Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing
The RN Qualifying Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing is a self-paced, on-line, instructor-supported program that prepares Registered Nurses who
to meet the requirements for registration in British Columbia. The full program includes four courses and a full-time clinical experience in a psychiatric nursing setting.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program graduates will be equipped to:
Under the supervision of a volunteer preceptor, the student is required to complete 90 hours of clinical practice at a psychiatric nursing clinical area 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 full-time preceptorship takes approximately one month to complete. The selection of the clinical area is determined through an interview with the Douglas College Continuing Education faculty. Tertiary care facilities such as Riverview Hospital in Port Coquitlam are used. Summer and late December preceptorships are avoided.
Program applicants must submit:
P.O. Box 2503
New Westminster, BC V3L 5B2
Three months prior to the clinical practice experience, the student must submit:
Students have a maximum of nineteen months to complete the program. However, as the courses are self-paced and registration is continuous, dedicated students may complete the entire program in less than the maximum timeframe.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are granted a Douglas College Continuing Education program certificate: RN Qualifying in Psychiatric Nursing.