Stenberg’s Regional Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. It was developed to fill a growing need for qualified Psychiatric Nurses outside of the Lower Mainland.
The theory portion is delivered through instructor-led guided online learning in a highly supported environment. Our combined-delivery format and regional clinical placements allow you to pursue your education in your home community.
100% of our Psychiatric Nursing graduates are employed in their field of study within 6 months of program completion.
This program is for you if you:
Applicants for the RDPN program must complete the following:
*If English is a Second Language, you will be required to pass one of Stenberg College’s recognized Language Proficiency Assessments (such as the IELTS, TOEFL, CLB, CELBAN, Stenberg College ELET) as per the Stenberg College’s Language Proficiency Requirements Document.
In addition to the above, provide proof of having met the following pre-requisites:
For High school graduates (under 19 yrs):
For Mature Students (19 years+):
For LPN Access to the RDPN program:
Entrance requirements can be met with evidence of alternate assessments such as Challenge Exams, or acceptable standardized English equivalency tests as per the Stenberg College Language Proficiency chart. Evidence of Post-Secondary studies at an equivalent level where English was the first language is acceptable.
As there are limited seats available in each cohort area, there is a preferential admission criterion in place to assist in the selection of the most qualified candidates for the Psychiatric Nursing Program. Preference is given to those candidates with volunteer or work experience in a health-related field. To put this forward for consideration, you must submit written proof with confirmation of hours completed from the volunteer organization or employer. Students with post-secondary education in any field are also encouraged to put forward original transcripts of the highest credential completed for additional consideration. These must be original transcripts sent directly from the educational institute to us. All documents for evaluation for preferential admission should be submitted along with the rest of the application package. Once all of the above applicable information is submitted, Psychiatric Nursing applicants may require an individual interview.
Upon successful completion of all the above, applications will be put forward for final selection for a seat in the following available intake.
Prior to Psychiatric Nursing Program Admission, Program Advisors will outline practice education requirements for the program. Upon enrollment, you will be informed of the next steps and timelines. Non-compliance could result in program dismissal. Requirements for practice education placements include:
You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options; Stenberg’s Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.