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Overview

The BCIT Perinatal Specialty Nursing program is the benchmark for perinatal nursing practice in BC. Our comprehensive program combines in-depth theory with hands-on clinical courses that are designed to give you the expertise you need to practice in perinatal nursing.

Perinatal registered nurses work in partnership with childbearing women and their families, providing education and support that empower their patients with the skills to care for their families. In a dynamic and, at times, unpredictable work environment, perinatal nursing requires technical expertise, sensitivity, and excellent communication skills to effectively support the women they care for.

About the program

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of two years to complete
  • Distance and online learning gives you flexibility to work while you study
  • Two clinical experiences that may be completed in your community

See Program Details to learn more about studying perinatal nursing at BCIT.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Are practicing, registered nurses (RNs) wanting an advanced perinatal nursing certification, or to complete their specialty Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in perinatal nursing
  • Are undergraduate nursing students currently completing an accredited BSN program
  • Have six or more months of relevant work experience in an acute care setting, or have taken additional refresher courses
  • Enjoy working directly with childbearing women, newborns, and their families
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment

Learn about entry requirements and how to register. See Program Entry.

Your work experience matters

At BCIT, we value your work experience. If you’ve been working as a perinatal nurse, take advantage of our Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process and fast track your advanced certificate education.

What grads can do

Our grads are in high demand. Visit Graduating and Jobs to learn more about career opportunities in perinatal nursing.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

The following are requirements for program entry into Specialty nursing certificate and degree courses. Enforcement or waiving of any or all entry requirements is at the discretion of the Program Head.

If you have any questions about your experience or qualifications, please contact the Program Head to arrange program advising.

English Language Proficiency

Specialty Nursing courses are taught in the English language and require adequate English skills. To review BCIT’s requirements on English Language proficiency, please visit BCIT’s Admission and Registration page on English Requirements.

Work Experience

RNs or undergraduate students currently registered in an accredited RN or BSN program may start their Specialty Nursing Certificate by taking entry level theory courses. Applicants to the more advanced Specialty Nursing Certificate courses may require a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of relevant work experience in an acute care setting and a resume of work experience may be required to progress in the program. If you have questions about whether your work experience qualifies, please contact the Program Head.

If you are a long term or residential care nurse or an RN lacking current (within the last 2 years) acute care experience, Kwantlen College offers a Competency Assessment and Enhancement for Nurses course that provides a refresher in acute care principles.

This assessment involves an individual self assessment, multiple choice exam and practice simulation. This course may be required for admission in the Specialty Nursing programs. For more information on Kwantlen's offering please visit:

Once you have been assessed, you may be required to complete a tailored curriculum designed to meet BCIT's need for familiarity with acute care principles. This curriculum may include some of the following courses:

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

Note: Clinical applications must be completed and sent to us before the following deadline dates: February 1 for the April term, June 1 for the September term, and November 1 for the January term.

Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification

All students participating in clinical courses must have current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Level C or Level Health Care Provider (HCP). The original certificate must be presented upon application to the clinical courses.

CRNBC Registration

As well as providing this information at the time of admission, BCIT requires students to provide proof of CRNBC membership (or Canadian provinvial equivalent) for each clinical course they enroll in. Without proper provincial registration, you will not be permitted to continue in the course.

Face Respirator Fit Testing

A face piece respiratory fit test is required before students are permitted to enter the clinical practicum. Upon successful completion of the fit test, the original certificate must be presented to the program and annual re-fitting is required. Students are expected to carry their certificate with them at all times during their practicum.

Respirator fit testing with a N95 respirator (1860, 1860s or 1870) is required and must be performed in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02. Fit testing must also include inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and storage of protective equipment. Students will be given specific instructions in preparation for their fit testing by the provider they choose.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Face respirator fit testing - approx $25 per year; annual re-fitting required.

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Tuition is charged on a course-by-course basis. View the courses in the program matrix for individual course fees.

Books and supplies

Please check the BCIT Bookstore for most current prices.

Courses

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: (21.0 credits) Credits
  NSPN 7100 Perinatal Nursing Theory 1 - Healthy Childbearing Experiences & The Newborn 3.0
  NSPN 7155 The Breastfeeding Experience Theory 2.0
  NSPN 7156 The Breastfeeding Experience Clinical 1.0
  NSPN 7200 Perinatal Theory 2 Childbearing Women 3.0
  NSPN 7250 Fetal Health Surveillance 1.0
  NSPN 7300 Perinatal Clinical 1* 5.0
  NSPN 7450 Neonatal Resuscitation 1.0
  NSPN 7500 Perinatal Clinical 2** 5.0
*NOTE: Prior to enrolling in NSPN 7300 - Perinatal Clinical 1, students must complete the following courses:
  • NSPN 7200 - Perinatal Theory 2 Childbearing Women
  • NSPN 7250 - Fetal Health Surveillance
  • NSPN 7450 - Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Clinical applications must be completed and sent to us before the following deadline dates: February 1 for the April term, June 1 for the September term, and November 1 for the January term.
**NOTE: Prior to enrolling in NSPN 7500 - Perinatal Clinical 2, students must complete the following courses:
  • NSPN 7300 - Perinatal Clinical 1
  • NSPN 7250 - Fetal Health Surveillance
 
Complete 3.0 credits from the following list of electives, or alternate courses that have been approved by the Program Head. Credits
  NSPN 7400 Perinatal Theory 3 Childbearing Families 3.0
  NSPN 7720 Contraceptive Management in Reproductive Health for CRNBC Certification 2.0
  NSPN 7735 Sexually Transmitted Infections Management Modified 2.0
  NSPN 7736 The Sexually Transmitted Infections Management Clinical Course 1.0
  NSPN 7740 Introduction to Sexual Health Rehabilitation 1 3.0
  NSPN 7745 Introduction to Sexual Health Rehabilitation 2 3.0
  NSPN 7800 Clinical Preceptorship in Perinatal Nursing 3.0
  NSSC 8130 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 3.0
  NSNE 7110 Neonatal Theory 1, Modified 3.0
 
Total Credits: 24.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

BCIT's Perinatal Nursing Specialty program offers Post-diploma registered nurses an Advanced Certificate in Perinatal nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing (BSN).

Nurses may bridge out obtaining an Advanced Certificate in Perinatal Nursing or continue and complete the BSN.


Program length

The length of the program varies, as it is offered in a variety of formats:

  • BCIT offers theory and some clinical courses by part-time, independent study. We deliver theory courses over a 12-week term using guided-learning modules and online tutor support. If you work full-time, you would generally register for one theory course per term, although this can vary depending on your additional commitments.

  • Through independent study, learn in you own community and structure your learning schedule in a manner that is most convenient for you. Complete full-time clinical courses at clinical sites throughout BC, over 3 to 4 weeks. If you live outside BC, clinical placements may be negotiated.

  • Most Specialty Nursing programs arrange special offerings of courses as "Compressed time frame programs". Offered in full-time study formats, they enable you to take several courses over a specified period of time. If you are interested in this option of study, contact the program assistant for more information and program start dates.

  • Nurses with relevant experience and/or previous courses can request assessment for appropriate placement within the program.

Maximum program length for either the Advanced Specialty Certificate or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is seven years.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

Perinatal nurses enjoy working with childbearing women, newborns, and families within a fast-paced and, at times, unpredictable practice setting. At BCIT, we prepare you to handle any perinatal situation with a quality of care patients can count on.

Career opportunities

Perinatal nurses work primarily in acute care birthing units. Other work opportunities include:

  • Breastfeeding clinics
  • Ambulatory care settings
  • Community health units
  • Sexual Health Clinics

Salaries start at approximately $32 per hour. There are many career paths to choose from, including:

  • Perinatal nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Acute care nurse in labour and birth
  • Lactation consultant
  • Remote certified first call nurse
  • Sexual health nurse

Keep learning

Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Bachelor of Science, Specialty Nursing degree.

Health Match BC

Health Match BC is a new service that helps recent specialty nursing graduates find work within BC. Funded by the provincial government, Health Match BC prioritizes the hiring of BC nursing graduates. For more information, download the Health Match BC PDF.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Program Head to receive an Advanced Certificate.

Professional associations

Certification from BCIT's Perinatal program prepares you to write the Specialty Nursing Exam for Perinatal Nurses through the CNA Certificate Program.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Sheila Torgerson
Program Assistant
Sheila_Torgerson@bcit.ca
604-451-7102
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7102

Reina Van Lagen
Program Head
Reina_Van_Lagen@bcit.ca
604-451-7081
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7081

Contact Us

Sheila Torgerson
Program Assistant
Sheila_Torgerson@bcit.ca
604-451-7102
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7102

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