In 1954, the institution established the very first school of psychiatric nursing (SOPN) in Nigeria with the first set of 27 students. The school became recognized by the Nursing Council of Nigeria in 1958. In the last 30 years (1979-2009) it has produced well over two thousand registered psychiatric nurses in both within Nigeria and her neigbouring countries like
- Sierra Leone,
- Benin Republic.
As far back as 1963, School of Nursing, Eku Baptist Hospital sent student to the school of Psychiatric Nursing on six weeks psychiatric orientation. By 1971, the system was adopted by the then Western and Lagos states. Also at the time, trained staff nurses came to the SOPN from the then North Western state, Kano state, North Eastern state, Benue-Plateau state and kwara state for two-year training to become registered psychiatric nurses.Today, undergraduates from the department of Nursing of three universities, spend 6 to 8 weeks in the SOPN. They are:
- University of Ibadan,
- Babcock University, and
- Ladoke Akintola University
Nine schools of nursing and two schools of Hygiene also send their students for mental health nursing training.
- Ogun state School of Nursing, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun state
- Ogun state School of Nursing, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state.
- Oyo state School of Nursing, Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo state
- Osun state school of Nursing Osogbo, Osun state.
- School of Nursing, Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta, Ogun state.
- School of Nursing, Seventh Day Adventist, Ile-Ife, Osun state
- School of Nursing, ECWA, Egbe, Kogi state
- School of Nursing, Baptist Medical Centre, Ogbomoso, Oyo state
- School of Nursing, Baptist Medical Centre, Saki, Oyo state
- College of Health Technology, Ilese, Ijebu (Community Health Officers)
- College of Health Technology, Yaba, Lagos (Community Health Officers)