RPN Education

The psychiatric nursing regulatory bodies in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia collaborate to set common standards for psychiatric nursing education in Canada.  They approve or recognize the education programs that lead to initial registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN).

National Entry-Level Competencies for Registered Psychiatric Nurses

Psychiatric nursing education programs prepare graduates to meet the national Entry-Level Competencies.  View the National Entry-Level Competencies for Registered Psychiatric Nurses (PDF) and News Release (PDF).

Psychiatric Nursing Programs


For information about scholarships, please contact the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Foundation Inc.

For information on provincial scholarships, please refer to provincial organizations or educational institutions.

Interested in Becoming an RPN?

Each provincial regulatory body, pursuant to their legislation, identifies skills and abilities required for the safe practice of the profession. Potential psychiatric nursing students are encouraged to visit the website of the applicable regulator: