This course was made possible through funding with the Province of Ontario.

  • No admission requirements, no application process, no pre-requisites, open to anyone

  • Learn at your own pace using a computer, tablet or smartphone

  • Take up to 90 days to complete the course

  • Receive a certificate of course completion and digital badge for successfully completing the course which can be shared on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), downloaded as a PDF, or even embedded in an email signature

Course Description

In this 45-hour self-directed online course, learners will be introduced to the different components of the Mental Status Examination.  Learners will explore the standardized observations and questions designed to accurately evaluate a client's mental state within a clinical setting. Lastly, learners will explore common mental illnesses, their signs and symptoms, and treatment options in order to conduct an accurate and thorough examination.

Review the curriculum below to see the topics covered.  

Learners who successfully complete the course will earn a digital badge and certificate of course completion that can be downloaded and shared via social media. 

You will have access to the course for 90 days to work through the content.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe basic information and concepts of common mental illnesses

  • Describe the types of treatments and approaches to treat common mental illnesses

  • Recognize common medications that are used to treat mental illnesses and their side effects

  • Evaluate the purpose of the Mental Status Examination and how it is used in diagnosing individuals with mental illnesses

  • Examine the Mental Status Examination in relation to health assessment and care planning

  • Evaluate the different components and terminology of the Mental Status Examination

  • Use the Mental Status Examination to assess and document the state of a client's mental health


    1. Introduction from Sault College's eLearning Department

    2. Before we begin...

    3. What is asynchronous online self-directed learning?

    4. Learner Resources and Supports

    5. Technology Requirements

    6. Privacy and Accessibility Policies

    7. Privacy and Accessibility Policies

    8. Navigation

    9. Learner Introductions

    10. Discussion Forum: Learner Engagement

    11. Technical Discussion Forum

    12. Frequently Asked Questions

    13. Help & Contact Information

    1. Introduction to Mental Status Examination

    1. Module 1 Introduction to Mental Status Examination

    2. Discussion Forum Question

    1. Storyfile: Module 2 Mental Illness & Anxiety

    2. Discussion Forum Question

    1. Storyfile Mental Illness and Depression

    2. Discussion Forum Question

    1. Storyfile :Mental Illness: Psychosis

About this course

  • Free
  • 46 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content