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Become a clinical practice leader in the specialty of mental health and addiction nursing.

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Become a clinical practice leader in the specialty of mental health and addiction nursing.

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Mental Health & Addiction Nursing G.Dip.

Become a clinical practice leader in the specialty of mental health and addiction nursing.

Build on your experience as a registered nurse, develop expertise in this specialty and in turn, advance nursing practice in your community and beyond. This program will prepare you for speciality practice in the ever-evolving field of mental health and addiction. Designed to complement a full- or part-time career, completion of the program will see you take a step toward advanced practice nursing in the speciality.

Geared to suit your lifestyle, this five-course program of study, offered through the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, is delivered over five semesters through online coursework and on-site practicum workshops. Each of the four theory courses includes readings, online discussions and assignments, in addition to two eight-hour workshops consisting of various forms of active learning, including role play and simulated practice. The final course offers experiential education in the form of a peer-mentored clinical practicum. If you currently work in a mental health or addiction setting, you will be able to complete your clinical practicum there; or you may decide to learn in a completely new setting.

Earn a unique post-baccalaureate level graduate diploma, the first of its kind in the province. Focus on in-depth knowledge, evidence-informed practice and critical inquiry.
Prepare yourself for employment in an array of positions in mental health and addiction nursing.

Program options:

  • Graduate Diploma
  • Part-time studies
  • Course-based program and practicum
  • 28 months part-time to complete (final semester of study is a 150-hour practicum)

Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, or Bachelor of Nursing Science, from an accredited university, with a GPA of 77%.
  • Registered Nurse (in good standing) in the province of Ontario or active practicing license in any other Canadian province.

Registered Nurses without a baccalaureate degree, or with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline, are encouraged to apply for admission and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Prospective students are advised that offers of admission to a new program may be made only after the university’s own quality assurance processes have been completed and the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance has approved the program.

Pending Ministry Approval – Start date Sept. 2018

Degree Type

  • Diploma