The Department commenced training of mental health and community mental nursing students in the 2014/2015 academic year. The Department is the first to start a degree programme in Mental Health Nursing in Ghana. 

The Department of Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Cape Coast, was set up to produce Mental Health and Community Mental Health nurses with the appropriate academic background and professional skill as part of the overall national strategies of bridging the nurse-patient gap in the country.