Mental Health Nursing Certificate Program- New Winter 2023!

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

Online modules and in person simulation sessions.




10 weeks


Aideen Carroll, RN, BScN, BSc, MA, CPMHN (C)

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the Learner will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients.
  2. Complete a suicide risk assessment and a mental health status assessment for a patient.
  3. Explain the symptoms and treatment for patients at risk of suicide and/or with mental health conditions.
  4. Apply best practices in healthcare to nursing care plan for patients at risk of suicide and/or with mental health conditions.
  5. Recognize personal/societal biases and misconceptions about mental health conditions that affect patient well-being when they come up in patient-care conversations.

Evaluation Method

Midterm Live Simulation Assessment

During the assessment, students respond to two simulated scenarios with a standardized patient. Scenario 1 will be a suicide risk assessment. Scenario 2 will be a patient showing symptoms of either depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. In both scenarios, the learner is being assessed on their ability to perform a mental health assessment and apply the therapeutic relationship to their communications. Additionally, they will be assessed on their nursing care plan for patients after the assessment is complete.

Midterm Written Assessment

The written assessment will be a multiple-choice test completed online through Blackboard. The questions on this test will come from past CNA mental health nursing exams or be similar to those questions. This assessment tests students’ preparedness for writing the CNA exam after this course.

Final Written Assessment

The written assessment will be a multiple-choice test completed online through Blackboard.

Participation Grade

20% of learners’ grades will come from their participation in synchronous class activities. During each session we will have activities, case studies, and group discussions. Students are expected to be active participants in class discussion.

Intended For

Intended for :

  • Nurses intending to write the CNA exam for Mental Health Nursing
  • Nurses who are looking to deepen their understanding of best practices providing mental health nursing care

This course is available for individual registration as well as hospital sponsorship

Inquiries please email:

Text Book

You may choose to purchase textbook: Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing for Canadian Practice 4e (Wendy Austin, Cindy Ann Peternelj-Taylor, Diane Kunyk, Mary Ann Boyd) for additional reading. This text is not required for this course.


Online modules and in person sessions


Valid Certificate of Competence to practice nursing in Ontario
Legal ability to work in Canada

Topics Covered

Topics covered:

  1. Module 1- The Therapeutic Relationship
  2. Module 2- Suicide Risk and Mental Health Assessment
  3. Module 3- Depression and Suicide
  4. Module 4- Bipolar Disorder
  5. Module 5- Schizophrenia
  6. Module 6- Anxiety
  7. Module 7- Eating Disorders
  8. Module 8- Substance Abuse Disorders
  9. Module 9- Delirium and Dementia
  10. Module 10- Review

COVID Vaccine Requirement:

Effective September 7th all learners, faculty and staff must provide proof of at least one-dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine to participate in any in-person learning or on-site activities. Proof of full vaccination will be required as of October 8th, 2021.

Instructions to upload proof of COVID vaccination to Self Service

Registration instructions:

  1. Select button “View Available Sections and Registration”
  2. This page contains 3 boxes. Click on the “Sign In” box
  3. If you have a Self service account, sign in here. If you do not, then create an account.
  4. Select your course/section by clicking the “Add” button which will send the course to your cart.
  5. To move on to payment, click the blue “Register” button.
  6. Once payment has been processed, registration is complete.