Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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Psychiatric Nursing (BPN)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Faculty:Faculty of Health
Field of Study:Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,264
International: $22,754

Cost shown is for two semesters and includes fees.

Careers:Nursing Co-ordinators and Supervisors


The program is recognized by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC). The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) program philosophy consists of three guiding principles and six core concepts. These provide the philosophical foundation for the BPN program and basic assumptions that are inter-woven through all aspects of the BPN program curriculum and underpin its' philosophical framework. They provide grounding in health promotion, therapeutic relationship and diversity.

The core concepts are articulated and place the client at the center of our model. These include: client centeredness, being, situatedness, choice, professionalism, and teaching and learning. The person (client) is considered within the context of their culture, religion, ethnicity, race, historical experiences, spirituality and abilities. Diversity and equality are values running through the entire curriculum. This “ecological” theme considers the impact of the environment, social determinants of health, definitions of health, and prevention and promotion on a person’s well-being.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70
Additional Admission Requirements:
    The Certificate in Health Foundations fulfills the first-year requirements of the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing. The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program. The Certificate in Health Foundations may be completed in two semesters by full-time students or over a longer period of time by part-time students. Upon completion of the Certificate in Health Foundations students may file a declaration of their eligibility and intention to enter the second year of the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing. A limited number of students will be selected to commence Year 2 of the curriculum in May of each year as a full-time cohort. Selection for admittance to Year 2 will be based upon fulfillment of the declaration requirements and, if spaces are oversubscribed, GPA. The following additional program admission requirements apply: an acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program. Applicants who have lived outside of Canada as an adult are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from their country of origin. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further direction on obtaining your criminal record check.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 02, 2022