Continuing Nursing Studies: LPN Mental Health Program

Students who have successfully completed the program are awarded a certificate of completion from the Centre for Nursing Studies. This program is designed to prepare LPN's to acquire the necessary knowledge and practice expertise to care for clients with mental health and psychiatric problems in a variety of health care settings.


The Mental Health Program is delivered in a print-based distance education format and includes nine self-learning modules and a clinical component. Students have the opportunity to complete the program at their own pace within a one year period.

Clinical Experience

Upon successful completion of the theoretical component of the program, students will complete a clinical component. Students will be accommodated in their own geographic region as much as possible.

There are two possible clinical options:

1) Individuals who have less than 2 years (full time equivalent) in mental health clinical practice are expected to complete a 4 week preceptored clinical experience. During this time, students are expected to complete an Interpersonal Process Recording (IPR) and a Mental Status Exam (MSE) based on interactions with clients in the clinical settings. Students are expected to devote 4 hours a week for 6 weeks, to complete a project in a community based or clinical mental health setting. The student will be expected to devise 3 learning objectives for this clinical component. The student will complete a written assignment discussing how these objectives were met.

2) Individuals who have 2 or more years (full time equivalent) in mental health clinical practice will be required to complete an IPR and MSE with individuals in an acute care clinical setting. These students will not be required to complete a preceptored clinical experience. Instead, they will be expected to devote 4 hours for 6 weeks to complete a project in a community based or clinical mental health setting. This will be done in collaboration with the Program Coordinator.


Program Fees

  • Tuition is $1,000. Tuition must be paid in full before admission to the program
  • Tuition fee includes textbooks, modules, additional readings and preceptored clinical experience


Program Offering

Program offered based on sufficient registration


Program Completion

The Centre for Nursing Studies offers Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) as a service to students who feel they may have achieved learning through previous knowledge and experience.

The Post Basic Mental Health Program is offered based on demand.

For More Information

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Centre for Nursing Studies
Continuing Nursing Studies 
Southcott Hall
100 Forest Rd.
St. John's, NL
A1A 1E5

Telephone: (709) 777-8174
Toll Free: 1-888-290-6272
Fax: (709) 777-8176