Once your application for admission has been accepted, advisors in your program can help you understand courses, prerequisites, university policies and procedures and how to take advantage of academic support services across campus.

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General student information

The Getting Started guide includes general information for all new students including details about the student portal, email, requesting learning accommodations, planning your finances and paying your fees.

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Program planning

The academic advisor for your program has prepared information specific to the Psychiatirc Nursing diploma for you to use to manage your courses and workload.

Taking the program courses as they are scheduled within the program of study promotes content integration and optimal learning outcomes. However, for purposes of managing program workload you have the option to complete one or more of the required non-nursing courses outside the program, for example:

From Year 1, Term 1:

  • HLSC 120: Human Anatomy
  • HLSC 126: Human Physiology I
  • PSYC 104: Introductory Psychology

From Year 1, Term 2:

  • ENGL 102: Analysis and Argument
  • HLSC 124: Microbiology for Health Professionals
  • HLSC 128: Human Physiology II
  • PSYC 105: Individual and Social Behaviour

In order to maintain full-time status throughout the program you should exercise caution with the number of courses you complete outside the program schedule. Full time status is required for consideration for the Dean’s List, First Class Standing and most scholarships and awards. Thus, you may want to choose one or two courses from each term to take outside the schedule, rather than take all from the one term of study.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

You must ensure you meet the course prerequisite and co-requisite requirements before enrolling in courses. Requisites are listed with each course description in the  Academic Calendar. You must achieve a minimum grade of C- in order to use a course for credit in the degree.

Academic Calendar

If you have taken post-secondary courses previously, some of those credits may qualify for transfer to this program.

Transfer credit assessment

The process for assessing transfer credit varies depending on where you took your courses. In all cases, your first step is to apply to the program. Transfer credit will only be assessed after you have been accepted.

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Placement of your transfer credit

After your transfer credit has been evaluated and if you have questions about the assessment of the courses, book an appointment with an advisor. They can help you understand how the credits work towards your degree requirements.

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Step-by-step process

The getting started guide will help you understand course descriptions, prerequisites and other common vocabulary and processes you need as you select and enrol in your courses.

Getting Started


You will enrol yourself in courses using myStudentSystem. To learn how, check out the guide.

Using myStudentSystem

It is very important to keep to keep track of your progress in the degree and to monitor your academic standing.

GPA and academic standing

The academic standing of all students is evaluated at the end of each term. You must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to be considered in Good Academic Standing. Students whose GPA falls below 2.0 may either be placed on Academic Probation or be Required to Withdraw.

Grades and GPA

Academic standing

Academic support services

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