- Program Description
- Program of Studies / Mandatory Courses
- Admission and Registration
- Learning Outcomes
- Next Steps
- Field Placement / Clinical
- Additional Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- College Resources
- Program Contact
Acquire current knowledge and skills in the specialty area of mental health nursing. This newly designed program for RNs and RPNs explores concepts and trends necessary for functioning as a dynamic, innovative and effective member of the Mental Health care team. Develop the awareness and significance of the client's mental health journey, the nurse/client relationship including communication, the importance of the multi team approach to care, the legal and ethical aspects of mental health nursing, cultural diversity and the impact of stigma.
Specialization in Mental Health Nursing increases the opportunity for employment in a variety of mental health areas, facility and community based. The Mental Health Nursing Certificate Program will also prepare those who are eligible for the Canadian Nurses Association Mental Health Nursing certification examination.
Admission and Registration
You do not need to apply to begin this program. Simply ensure you meet the requirements listed on the Admission Requirements webpage prior to registering.
Current RN/RPN registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Interested in taking a single course? Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, the courses in this program can be taken individually.
Mohawk Pathways offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies. Students that graduate from any of the following Degree programs are eligible to enroll into the Mental Health Nursing program:
View the pathways map (PDF) which show how the identified program can lead to future program choices. Equivalences and/or course exemptions may apply. Prerequisite courses and/or minimum averages may be required.
Job opportunities exist in a variety of mental health areas such as:
- Community outreach programs
- Mental health and addiction programs and services
- Correctional services
- Mental health treatment centres
- Peer support services
For details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).
Field Placement / Clinical
You MUST register for Preplacement/Clinical Service (HLTH10223), which is not part of the program of study, to complete required health clearances, prior to registering for a Clinical.
Frequently Asked Questions
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