Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Partnering with People

Can I apply to write the RPNCE if I have not completed the Psychiatric Nursing Program?

Yes.  If you are in the final term of a psychiatric nursing education program in Canada; you have started, or are about to start, the final practicum of the program; and your school advises us that they can provide confirmation of graduation at least 7 weeks prior to the exam date.  The risk is that if you are unable to complete your practicum or should the confirmation of graduation not be provided in time, you may be subject to a 10% withdrawal fee plus a $50 administration fee (subject to change without notice).

However, you will need to meet the other requirements for registration, including submitting your application, payment and required documents to the RPNAS on time (8 weeks before the examination date).




Requirements for Eligibility include:

  • 500 Clinical Hours in Mental Health (Acute and Community Mental Health)
  • All Nursing Transcripts (SIAST, University of Saskatchewan etc.)
  • Drugs and Behavior & Abnormal Psychology Athabasca University
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology