Welcome to the College 
             Registered Psychiatric Nurses 
of Alberta


Regulatory Body for Psychiatric Nurses
in Alberta Since 1950


The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) regulates psychiatric nursing as a distinct profession in Alberta under the Health Professions Act.

As a College, CRPNA provides direction to and regulates the practice of psychiatric nurses. The College establishes, maintains and enforces the requirements for licensure/registration, standards for registration, code of ethics, standards of practice and continued competence of the Profession in a manner that serves and protects public safety.




The Alberta Government has announced a comprehensive amendment to the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Profession Regulation.  Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) in Alberta can now become authorized to prescribe medications and order diagnostic tests. 

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The Registered Psychiatric Nurse of Canada Examination (RPNCE) tests entry-level competence and safety to practice of applicants seeking registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) registration in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. 


In May 2022, the RPNCE will transition from the current pencil-and-paper exam to a computer-based exam. 

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CRPNA Head Office is closed to the public,
but remains open for business with staff available by email or by phone during regular business hours.

CRPNA is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and hope that you, your family and your community are safe and healthy and remain so.

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) has taken steps to minimize the risk of transmission while ensuring the continuity of essential services.  The CRPNA Head Office is taking precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees, registrants and the public and has moved all services remotely and online.  We are prepared for remote operations with no business interruption, this transition is seamless and services we provide to our registrants and the public will continue.

The CRPNA remains open for business with staff available by email or by phone during regular business hours.  The CRPNA anticipates minimal disruption of services, however if there is a need to increase our pandemic response, resources may be re-allocated and non-essential work may be delayed.

Keeping Registered Psychiatric Nurses Informed


RPNs and all health-care professionals play a vital role in managing and containing the spread of Covid-19.  It is CRPNA’s expectation that all regulated members must follow public health advice and guidance set out by the Public Health Act.  The advice and guidance by public health are crucial measures to protect the public, ourselves, our families, and the community from the spread of COVID-19.


For updated information please see:  https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx


Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

To protect yourself and others:

         stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
         * wash hands often, using soap and water for at least twenty seconds
         * cover coughs and sneezes
         * avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
         * avoid travel outside Canada 
         * Self-isolate for 14 days if returning from travel outside Canada, or were exposed to COVID-19

Alberta Health Advises: If you have symptoms, like a dry cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing:

        * stay home - do not go to an ER or clinic
        * take the COVID-19 self-assessment
        * call Health Link 811 for instructions and testing
        * For updated information please see:  https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Thank you

We are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak very carefully and we will keep stakeholders informed as the situation evolves. We thank you for your understanding as we work to fulfill our public protection mandate during these unprecedented times. 

Telephone: 780.434.7666               Toll Free: 1.877.234.7666                  Email: [email protected]