Admission to the BScPN Program

Admission to Pre-Psych Nursing: 

Applications will be accepted from students who meet the Brandon University admission requirements. Although not required for admission to Brandon University, Biology 40S is a pre-requisite for Anatomy & Physiology and Math 40S Pre-Calculus or Applied is a pre-requisite for Introduction to Statistics. Grade 12 English is required. As a result of pre-requisite requirements for Anatomy & Physiology and Introduction to Statistics, it is highly recommended that students entering Pre-Psychiatric Nursing have completed Biology 40S and Math 40S Pre-Calculus or Applied.

Admission information and the online application are available from the Brandon University website, or by contacting the Admissions Office at (204) 727-7356. Applications and required documentation should be forwarded to the Admissions office as early as possible to meet application/document deadlines.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all requisite skills and abilities as these are requirements for the BScPN program and the demands of the profession of Psychiatric Nursing: Requisite Skills and Abilities March 2, 2020

Entrance process for the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing (BScPN) program

Upon successful completion of the required Pre Psychiatric Nursing courses, students can apply and will be considered for acceptance into the BScPN program.  The deadline for application to the B.Sc.P.N. program is May 1 of the year of the desired entry to the program.

Admission to the BScPN program is based on Grade Point Average (GPA) in the Pre-Psychiatric Nursing courses (40%); CASPer test results (40%); interview and knowledge assessment (15%) and Letter of Intent/Resume (5%).  Applicants must show proof of completion of a university-level Indigenous course or completion of Indigenous Canada – University of Alberta or Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education – University of British Columbia). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the application deadline for Year II.

Acuity Insights Assessment information for BU (Psychiatric Nursing)

2023-2024 CASPer Test Dates: 

November 2, 2023, 8:00 PM ET
December 5, 2023, 8:00 PM ET
January 18, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
February 1, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
March 5, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
March 19, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
April 9, 2024, 8:00 PM ET

**Please note CASPer test dates and times are scheduled in Eastern Standard time. 

More information about the CASPer test can be found on the Acuity Insights website at

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) dates for 2024:

Brandon Campus (Nursing/Psychiatric Nursing)
May 13 – 16, 2024

Winnipeg Campus (Psychiatric Nursing)
June 3-6, 2024

Enrolment is limited to 35 students at the Brandon campus and 60 students at the Winnipeg campus.

In keeping with Brandon University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity, seat allocation is a three (3) step process:

  1. Open Pool – the majority of nursing seats are open to all eligible students.
  2. Equity Seats – a portion of seats are reserved for graduates of the Indigenous Health Studies Transition (IHST) program, applicants who are of Indigenous ancestry, and applicants who are People of Colour.
  3. Expanded Open Pool – if any of the equity seats are unfilled, remaining eligible applicants will be considered for admission.

Admission to the psychiatric nursing program is based on the merit of the application, until the maximum enrollment is reached.

Students must apply to the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing program by May 1st of the year of the desired entry to the program. Applications can be obtained from the Brandon University website. A minimum grade of “C” in each of the required Pre-Psychiatric Nursing year courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required.

Application forms can be obtained from the B.Sc.P.N. Student Advisor Moodle site starting January 2024.

**Please submit your completed application form to the site-specific Program Admission Moodle page (69:007): 

69:007 B.Sc.P.N. Program Admissions (Winnipeg) 

Enrolment Key: WPGapplication 

69:007 B.Sc.P.N. Program Admissions (Brandon) 

Enrolment Key: BDNapplication 

Documentation of satisfactory completion of a Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Check), an Adult Abuse Registry Check and a Child Abuse Registry Check is required for admission into the B.Sc.P.N. program. All three checks must have been completed within six months of the application deadline. Positive Records Check will be managed according to the Criminal Record Check/Child Abuse/Adult Abuse Registry Policy.

Applicants whose first language is not English must present proficiency in English by providing evidence of achieving acceptable scores on the language test accepted by the Faculty of Health Studies (English Language Proficiency)see Section 8.1.2 of the Undergraduate Calendar).

If you require accommodations for the admission process due to accessibility needs, please contact Student Accessibility Services at

Students seeking enrolment in the BScPN program who have graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing program, and who are eligible for active practicing status will be given transfer credit for up to 29 credits towards the program.

Students who have completed an undergraduate  degree in nursing and who are eligible for active practicing status, and who are seeking the BScPN as a second degree are required to complete 62.5 credits of designated courses.

Transfer Credit and Prior Learning

Winnipeg Site

Program Expenses