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Length of Study

28 months

Study Options

Full time:
• Edmonton
• Ponoka

Credential Granted



Fall term (September)

Workplace Learning

Clinical Practice

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Off campus - Ponoka, AB
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Do you want a professional career in the mental health field that offers both challenges and opportunities within a complex, multidisciplinary health care environment? Are you passionate about helping people, promoting their mental and physical health and well-being, and working with those who may require mental health services? Then a career as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) may be an excellent choice for you!

Make a Difference Through a Great Career

MacEwan University prepares you to practice as a Psychiatric Nurse. As a program graduate, you will receive a Psychiatric Nursing diploma from MacEwan University. You are then eligible to write the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Examination and apply to become a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN). RPNs have the professional competencies required to promote optimal wellness, and provide holistic, client-centred nursing care for those experiencing both mental and physical health problems. Psychiatric nursing is recognized as a distinct profession throughout Western Canada as well in many other countries. RPNs are the largest group of health care professionals in the mental health field and are valued members of the inter-professional health care team.

Two Locations, One Great Program

The 28-month diploma program in Psychiatric Nursing comprises 89 credits and is delivered at two sites: the City Centre Campus in Edmonton, and the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury in Ponoka, Alberta. The program has one intake per year, for the fall (September) term.

Competitive Admission

The 65% average stated in the admission requirements indicates the minimum admission standard. Please note that, as admission to this program is competitive, the minimum admission standard is NOT sufficient for a successful application. The academic profile required for a successful application may vary between intake years.

Limited space is available and not all applicants who are eligible may be admitted. As a competitive program, academic performance is the primary criterion for admission. The date of application is the secondary criteria for those who meet the competitive requirements.

Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

Graduates of the Psychiatric Nursing diploma program who wish to further their studies in this field may apply for admission to MacEwan University’s new post-diploma Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing degree program.