Trent University in Peterborough launching Ontario’s first mental health and addiction nursing diploma program

Trent University is launching Ontario’s first mental health and addiction nursing graduate diploma.

Designed for registered nurses, the program will allow nurses to develop their skills in the area of mental health and addiction.

The programs starts in September.

Students will focus on in-depth knowledge, evidence-informed practice and critical inquiry.

The five-course program will be delivered over five semesters. There will be online coursework, on-site workshops and a peer-mentored clinical practicum.

The four theory classes include readings, online discussions and assignments.

The two eight-hour workshops consist of various forms of active learning such as role-play and simulated practice.

And the 75-hour practicum can be done at a student’s current mental health or addiction setting or at a new placement.

As the health care system continues to evolve, highly skilled mental health professionals who can work to improve access to existing programs and create new innovative strategies are needed, stated Kirsten Woodend, the dean of the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, which is offering the program.

“Graduates of this new program will be prepared to take on these new roles and to advance nursing practice in their communities,” she stated.

As a part-time program, the graduate diploma is suitable for working professionals.

Applications must be in by March 1.

NOTE: The website for the program is at


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