Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Addiction Nursing (G.Dip.)
Become a Clinical Practice Leader in the specialty of mental health and addictions 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 this 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 include readings, online discussions, and assignments, in addition to two eight-hour workshops consisting of various forms of active learning, such as 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 (G.Dip.) in Mental Health and Addiction Nursing, which will allow them to:
Next Intake: January 2023
APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED
- 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 for employment in an array of positions in mental health and addiction nursing.
- Graduate Diploma (G. Dip.) in Mental Health and Addictions
- Part-time studies
- Course-based program and practicum
- 28 months part-time to complete (final semester of study is a 150-hour practicum)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, or Bachelor of Nursing Science from an accredited university with a minimum 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.
- NURS5001H Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice I: Foundations
- NURS5002H Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice II: Mental Health Challenges
- NURS5003H Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice III: Mental Health Promotion
- NURS5004H Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice IV: Substance Use and Addiction
- NURS5020H Mental Health Nursing V: Advanced Practicum
Mode of Delivery
This program is offered by TFSON using a hybrid format. Online delivery, facilitated online discussions, and guided independent learning will be supplemented by 16 hours of on-site workshops (2 x 8 hours) 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 fall 2022/2023 is approximately $1800 per course. Up-to-date tuition fees can be found on the Graduate Studies website.