Psychiatric Nursing (Year 1)

Psychiatric Nursing (Year 1) 2023-2024


If you want to play a role in advancing the mental health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, this Psychiatric Nursing program will appeal to you.

Psychiatric Nursing is a two-and-a-half-year diploma program delivered through blended learning via classes, labs and practicums. Experienced faculty will help you link theory with practice to help clients with mental illness, psychiatric disorders and developmental and/or cognitive difficulties function at their maximum potential. You 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.

This program is accredited by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. This Psychiatric Nursing program is recognized by the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan, as well as the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC), and College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM).

On graduation, you 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).

Admission is based on Sask Polytech’s “first qualified first admitted” policy. When we determine you meet admission requirements you will be offered a seat in the program if available. After we respond to your application, the earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission the better your chances of gaining a seat in the program. When all seats are full applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Waitlists are not carried forward to future programs.

Twenty-four seats are available. Applications will be accepted in February 2023 (starting Feb. 1, 12:01 AM). Please submit your application form via email at and phone in payment of your $35 application fee. You can also visit our North Battleford Campus to pay app fee.

The application-via-email process is to inhibit people from lining up outside overnight. After we receive the applications we will communicate to applicants via email. We will request transcript, if not received already, and other documents required to be ‘qualified’. These will include criminal record check (no older than 6 months), $200 tuition deposit, immunization records, first aid, whmis and TLR certificates. These additional documents can be brought into the college during office hours.

Applicants still in high school or upgrading will need to provide an interim transcript during the application window and a final transcript before July 28, 2023. Transcripts may be ordered prior to Feb. 2023. These typically get sent to College electronically from the Ministry of Education.

Note: we can accept landing immigrants, permanent residents, and Canadian citizens. At this time, we are not accepting international students for Psychiatric Nursing. Foreign credential assessments should be completed prior to the application window.

Year 1 – August 28, 2023 – June 21, 2024

Year 2 – August 26, 2024 – June 20, 2025

Year 3 – August 25, 2025 – December 5, 2025

Please contact the North Battleford Campus for more information: 306-937-5100

Battlefords Campus
Aug 28th, 2023 - Dec 5th, 2025 Full-time

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 70% in the following five subjects:

  • English Language Arts A30
  • English Language Arts B30
  • one 30-level math such as Foundations of Math 30, Pre-Calculus 30, Math A30, Math B30, Math C30, Calculus 30, or General Math 30
  • Biology 30 and
  • Chemistry 30


  • Foreign credentials can be assessed to determine if admission requirements are met. There is a $75 fee for NWC to submit your transcripts to Sask Polytechnic for assessment.

  • Students currently in high school or in upgrading are asked to provide a document from their high school to show their most current marks and the subjects they are registered in for the remainder of the academic year. An additional interim report from high school will be required midway through the final semester and these marks will be used to calculate the average marks. Admission will be offered based on these interim marks, contingent upon their final transcript showing attainment of grade 12 and the overall average of the five subjects at 70% or greater.
  • English Language Requirement: If your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you will need to provide evidence of your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency requirements.

Disclaimer: North West College has the right to make any changes deemed necessary

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