Mental Status Assessment- OS Employees Only

Developed in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

Who is this for?

This microcredential aims to address the gap in mental health care environment and better prepare nurses who are working in mental health care settings.


This microcredential is designed to enable learners to strengthen competency with cognitive and thinking skills, using reasoning and observation to conduct a mental status assessment. This course provides a series of case studies and simulated scenarios. Learners will be asked to document their mental status assessment of fictitious patients, identify challenges, and document recommendations for improvement.

The CNA Accreditation Program upholds standards of quality for continuing professional development for nurses in Canada. By accrediting our learning activity through CNA, we are demonstrating to nurses that this program has been subject to a rigorous quality assessment and has achieved nationwide recognition.


In partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Week 1
Introduction to MSAs
Introduction to MSA template and grading criteria
Week 2
Importance of MSAs
MSAs and nursing standards
MSA terminology
Patient perspective
Observe an MSA and documentation
MSA #1
Week 3
Observing an MSA and critique
Defining skills required
What is competency?
Skills development plan
MSA #2
Week 4
Clinical reasoning skills
Verbal and non-verbal skills
Critical thinking skills
MSA #3
Week 5
Written communication skills
Building therapeutic relationships
MSA #4
Week 6
Review and survey
Final self evaluation
Continuing professional development

Learner Benefits

Better prepare staff working in mental health care settings
Learn about the latest mental health assessment skills from industry experts
Network with sector professionals

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start?

    Facilitator-led course start times can be found next to the course names and descriptions.
  • How much time is required of me?

    Microcredentials typically require between 8 and 10 hours a week of course work. For Facilitator- led microcredentials, there is one hour a week of on-line instruction from the facilitator.
  • Do I have to show up for class?

    Attendance during facilitated time is highly recommended as it provides the most value to the microcredentials with time to learn from industry experts, network with classmates, and deeper understanding of content. However, attendance is not mandatory and all sessions are recorded and posted afterwards on CANVAS.
  • How am I evaluated?

    What makes a TALENT microcredential different is the final assessment. There are weekly multiple choice questions that will guide your learning progress then learners are given a final assignment where they will apply their learning to a practical assignment. A facilitator will evaluate the final assignment and award a digital badge if the final assignement is completed successfully.
  • How long is the course?

    Microcredentials are 6 weeks long with 6-8 hours a week of course work. Self-paced and hybrid learners have the flexibility to complete the microcredential over three months at their own pace.
  • Will this microcredential get me a job?

    Microcredentials are a great way to differenciate yourself when searching for a job. The digital badge can be added to social platforms and resumes to demonstate your skills. TALENT works closely with learners to guide and advise on learner's career journeys.
  • Is there any financial assistance?

    We never want finances to be a reason why learners can't improve their skills and gain meaningful employment. If you have any questions about financial assistance, please reach out to us directly (

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