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.

PLEASE NOTE:  The office is closed to walk-in visitors without appointments. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  To book an appointment call 780.434.7666 toll free 1.877.234.7666 or EMAIL to request an appointment.


Apply to Serve on CRPNA Council

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) is seeking a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) to fill a vacancy on Council.  There are currently no public member vacancies. The term of appointment is four (4) years, commencing January 1, 2024, and expiring December 31, 2027.

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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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CRPNA's 2022-2023 Annual Report is now available

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Updated Language Proficiency Cutscores/Benchmark Levels


Communicating effectively in English or French is a critical factor to provide safe nursing practice in Canada. The Canadian Nurse Regulators Collaborative (CNRC), of which the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta is a member, reviewed the current language proficiency requirements for the regulated nursing professions. The objective of this review was to determine the current English and French language proficiency levels for listening, reading, writing, and speaking; and to recommend the best approach and method(s) to assess the language proficiency of internationally educated nurses.


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