Psychiatric Nursing Program starting this fall at North West College


North West College will offer a Psychiatric Nursing program starting in the fall of 2019. Psychiatric Nursing is a two-and-a-half-year diploma program delivered through blended learning via classes, labs and practicums. The program, in its entirety, will be delivered in the Battlefords.

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The program is accredited by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada.

“North West College is excited for the opportunity to offer this program. With the completion of the new Saskatchewan Hospital in the Battlefords, the health care profession will continue to need clinically astute nurses that have the knowledge, experience, and compassion to care for those in need”, said North West College President and CEO Jay Notay. “North West College has proudly served the northwest region for 44 years and is happy for the opportunity to provide additional nursing education and training in our community.”

Throughout the duration of the program, students will link theory with practice to help clients with mental illness, psychiatric disorders and developmental and/or cognitive difficulties function at their maximum potential. Students will build a strong foundation in psychiatric nursing practice, including health assessment and interventions; mental health challenges; counselling models and therapeutic relationships; family and community partnerships; psychotropic pharmacology; and addictions and forensics.

Upon graduation of the program, students will be eligible to write the Canadian Registered Psychiatric Nurses exam, register with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS) and apply for designation as a registered psychiatric nurse (RPN). Intake for this fall program will begin on Jan. 28 and prospective students should check the college website, for full details.

North West College serves over 2,600 students each year in northwestern Saskatchewan with campuses in Meadow Lake and the Battlefords. Committed to rural and Indigenous education, NWC offers programs at over 20 rural sites each year including several in First Nation communities. NWC acts as a brokering agent for Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST), the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan programming. The college offers a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in programs including trades, community services, health and business as well as a variety of learning opportunities that prepare students for any career path.

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