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Trent/Fleming School of Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and 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 specialty practice in the ever-evolving field of mental health and addiction. Designed to compliment a full- time or part-time career, completion of the program will see you take a step toward advanced practice nursing in the specialty.

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. Graduates of this program will be awarded a graduate diploma in Mental Health and Addiction Nursing. 

  • 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.


Next Intake Fall 2020


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.

Required courses

  • NURS5001H Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice I: Foundations
  • (Fall of 2018)
  • NURS5002H Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice II: Mental Health Challenges (Winter 2019)
  • NURS5003H Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice III: Mental Health Promotion (Summer 2019)
  • NURS5004H Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice IV: Substance Use and Addiction (Fall 2019)
  • NURS5020H Mental Health Nursing V: Advanced Practicum (Winter 2020)

Mode of Delivery

Offered by TFSON using a hybrid format; online delivery, facilitated online discussions and guided independent learning will be supplemented by16 hours of on-site workshops (2 x 8 hours) provided per course. The first cohort of students will start in the winter semester and take one course per semester. Time to completion would be 28 months of part-time study. The final semester of study is a 150 hour practicum in a practice setting.


Faculty, who are Registered Nurses with graduate degrees, will teach and supervise students in a manner that is consistent with preparation for specialty practice in mental health and addiction nursing.


Tuition for students beginning in the fall of 2018/19 is $1500 per course


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