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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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Registered Psychiatric Nurses promote mental and physical health and well-being, and work with people who may require mental health services. They are essential.

If you are interested in a professional career in the mental health field, one that offers both challenges and opportunities within a complex, multidisciplinary health care environment, then a career as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) may be an excellent choice for you!

MacEwan University prepares you to practice as a Psychiatric Nurse. As a graduate of this program, you will receive a Psychiatric Nursing diploma from MacEwan University. You are then eligible to write the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination and apply to become a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. 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 in Canada as well in many other countries. RPNs have played an important role in health care in Canada for more than 80 years and are the largest group of health care professionals in the mental health field. They are employed in a wide range of settings and in a variety of roles, including as staff psychiatric nurses, addiction counselors, mental health therapists, case managers, and educators.

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.

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.