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Registered Psychiatric Nurse (Authorized Prescriber) Role

Registered Psychiatric Nurse (Authorized Prescriber) Role

Under the RHPA, new RPN regulations widen the profession’s scope of practice by establishing a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (Authorized Prescriber) or RPN (AP) designation.

What is an RPN(AP)?

This designation applies to RPNs with additional education who are qualified to independently order diagnostic tests and prescribe medications for specific patient populations.

RPNs who want this designation must complete an approved course and receive a notation from the CRPNM to practice as an RPN(AP) in any of the following areas:

  • Reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections and blood borne pathogens
  • Diabetes health

RPN(AP)s are authorized to prescribe certain medications and order or receive diagnostic tests in these areas.

RPN(AP) Education Programs

RRC Polytech Nurse Prescriber Program

RRC Polytech is now accepting registrations for its nurse prescriber program. This is the CRPNM approved program for RPNs who want to prescribe in the area reproductive health/sexually transmitted or blood-borne infections. Courses will be offered three times per year and include some pre-requisite and clinical components. 

Learn more about the admission requirements here: https://catalogue.rrc.ca/Programs/WPG/Parttime/NURHP-PC/AdmissionRequirements

Athabasca University – MB RPN Prescribing Courses

Athabasca University is now accepting registrations for the CRPNM approved Registered Psychiatric Nurse Prescribing courses, with a September 2022 start date.  

Learn about the MB RPN Prescribing Courses: https://www.athabascau.ca/health-disciplines/about/about-our-offerings/professional-development/mb-rpn-prescribing.html

Ashley Stewart, RPN speaks on the implementation of the AP role

Michelle Lagasse, RN(AP) speaks on her experiences in the role of an AP

Authorized Prescriber Pathway Scenarios

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