Registered Nurse / Registered Practical Nurse Mental Health - 930

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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*Next Student Intake - Fall 2019*

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.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admissions & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Please see the Continuing Education Catalogue for fee and course availability information. For course descriptions please see the Program of Studies tab. 

Program Contact
Continuing Education Health and Nursing
  • Proof of current RN/RPN registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

There are a number of ways to register. Visit our how to register page for more information. Clinical courses are designated (SA) and thus departmental approval is required for registration with proof of admission requirements.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 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 contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing 

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Gain real world experience in the application of theory from previous courses. Demonstrate a broad scope of interventions used in mental health nursing and analyse the client, family, and team perspectives in various community or hospital environments.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCI10148 and HSCI10149 and HSCI10150 and HLTH10223
Course description: Integrate an appreciation of mental illness, knowledge of past, present and future trends, and an awareness of the legal aspects of mental health reform shaping interactions with clients, families and the system. Explore the lived experiences of clients and challenge your awareness of cultural competence and the impact of stigma.
Credits: 3
Course description: Use reflective practices to explore the impact of one's values and beliefs in therapeutic partnerships and gain self awareness into nurse/client relationships. Use these personal insights to both refine your communication and interviewing skills, and work through intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational conflicts and ethical dilemmas.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCI10145
Course description: Investigate major mental illnesses and adapt your nursing practice to incorporate clients' mental illness, as well as the effect of physical and social challenges, on their health and recovery. Analyze the interplay between addiction, trauma and mental health.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCI10147
Course description: Investigate major mental illnesses and addictions while adapting your nursing practice to incorporate clients' mental health, as well as the effect of physical and social challenges, on their health and recovery. Analyze the interplay between addiction, trauma and mental health.
Prerequisites: HSCI10147
Course description: Integrate knowledge of psychopharmacology and other treatment modalities/alternatives with evidence based best practices to support shared decision making and health maintenance processes with clients.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCI10147

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

Course Code Course Name Fall Winter Spring
HSCI0145 Advancements in the Mental Health System X X  
HSCI10147 Introspective Practice   X X
HSCI10148 Health Challenges X   X
HSCI10149 Whole Person Assessment X   X
HSCI10150 Interventions Supporting Recovery X X  
CLIN10070 Clinical for Mental Health X X X
  • Apply the concepts/beliefs of psychiatric/mental illness through the examination of past, present and future trends
  • Apply the legal aspects of mental health, and mental health reform that has shaped the course of care for individuals with mental health issues
  • Develop a deep and personal understanding the client's lived experience during their recovery journey
  • Develop an understanding of cultural competence and the impact of stigma
  • Be knowledgeable of the continuum of care in the system
  • Explore the impact of values and beliefs in the therapeutic partnerships
  • Apply communication and interviewing skills
  • Analyze the nurse client relationship with self-awareness and insight
  • Investigate conflict and ethics in the context of intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational environments and the functions of teams
  • Be knowledgeable of the organizations, associations and certifications contributing to professional nursing practice
  • Have specialized knowledge in the areas of major mental illness and impact on clients, addictions and mental health, impact of cognitive impairment and mental health plus the impact of physical health impairments and mental health
  • Be knowledgeable in the area of client assessment including mental status exams, risk assessment, interviewing skills and data collection
  • Develop knowledge in the area of recovery, psychopharmacology, support systems for client and family and group counseling modalities
  • Demonstrate a broad scope of interventions used in mental health nursing

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

Questions about CE at Mohawk College? Please see our FAQ!

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Students who have gained knowledge and skills through the work experience and have documented evidence may utilize the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process for credit for the placement course.

Preclinical / Clinical Information

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

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