As a society, we are becoming more aware of mental health and mental illness, and there is increasing emphasis on RPNs having advanced preparation for employment within complex health care environments.

Completion of the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing gives you the opportunity to increase the scope of your professional psychiatric/mental health nursing practice in a broader range of settings including such areas as community mental health, counselling, family/group therapy, and forensics.


Registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) find careers in many settings, including:

  • acute care
  • primary care
  • community health centres
  • addictions and substance abuse programs
  • forensics and correctional centres
  • child-adolescent mental health
  • counselling
  • administration
  • education
  • research

The Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) hosts detailed occupational profiles, salary survey data, trend reports and assessment tools to help you choose and plan a life-long career that matches your skills and interests.

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All courses completed in this program are credit courses and may be transferable toward further study at post-secondary institutions in Alberta.