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RPN Prescribing

As of May 27, 2021, Alberta registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) are authorized to prescribe common medications and order diagnostics, like X-rays and laboratory tests.

Initially, this new authority is limited to specific clinical practice areas where the employer has policies to support RPN prescribing and has a clinical support tool to clearly guide prescribing decisions.

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) requires Alberta RPNs to complete this course before applying for prescribing authorization.

Read CRPNA’s notice about the regulation change

To see if you are eligible to become an RPN prescriber, check directly with CRPNA and your employer.

The 2 modules of Athabasca University’s RPN Prescribing course will prepare you to meet the competencies for prescribing drugs and ordering diagnostic tests. They can be taken concurrently or sequentially.

Note: If you are outside Alberta, check with your professional college to see if this course meets your jurisdiction’s standards.


  • Module 1: $300 + 5% GST ($15) = $315 (non-refundable)*
  • Module 2: $600 + 5% GST ($30) = $630 (non-refundable)*
*Refunds will only be granted upon request when the course has not been accessed. Refunds will not include the registration processing fees charged by Eventbright.

Course goals

The RPN Prescribing course builds on the basic foundational knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and patient assessment you have acquired as a registered psychiatric nurse.

Successful completion of the course prepares you to meet CRPNA’s requirements for prescribing drugs and ordering diagnostic tests.

A certificate of completion is awarded when you have successfully completed both modules of the course. For Alberta students, Athabasca University will also send a notice of course completion to CRPNA.

If you have questions, please email

Updated November 27, 2023 by Digital & Web Operations (