Program Description

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.

Potential and in-progress students must be aware that most agencies accepting clinical/placement students require you to be fully vaccinated with Health Canada approved vaccines. If you are not fully immunized, it may have a significant impact on your ability to participate in clinical/field placement.

Additional Details

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.

Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes outline what graduates need to know, and be able to do, after they complete a program.

Review the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) program learning outcomes.


Academic Opportunities

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.

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities exist in a variety of mental health areas such as:

  • Hospitals
  • 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).

Next Steps

Field Placement / Clinical

Students preparing for laboratory and clinical experience should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.

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.

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

College Resources

Program Contact

Continuing Education
Health and Nursing
Email Us

Completion Requirement

6 Course(s)

Nurse meeting with patient.


This program of studies applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion email the Program Contact listed at the bottom of this page.

Click on the course names to view current availability.

A selection of courses will be offered each term. Visit our course schedule page for a tentative list of future offerings.

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