Perinatal - Perioperative Option Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Advanced Certificate 680vascert


PLEASE NOTE - The Perioperative-Perinatal Nursing courses are only available for specifically selected industry sponsored students. Please contact the Program Assistant or the Program Head for further information.

The goal of Perinatal nursing is to work in partnership with childbearing families supporting and promoting empowerment and growth. Perinatal nurses practise in hospital nursing units, breastfeeding clinics, ambulatory care settings, community health care units and in the home. Perinatal nursing best suits nurses who enjoy working with childbearing women, newborns and families within health care teams.

BCIT's Perinatal Nursing Specialty Advanced Certificate program offers a comprehensive combination of theory and clinical courses designed to assist nurses to gain the knowledge and skill necessary to enter practice as novices in Perinatal nursing.

The Program

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 after obtaining an Advanced Certificate in Perinatal nursing or continue to complete the BSN.

Program Entry

Entrance 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.

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:

Requirements for clinical courses in Specialty Nursing:

Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification

All students participating in clinical courses must have current 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.

For the Respirator Fit Testing, 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.

Costs & Supplies

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

Tuition fees

Please check the current availability of courses in the program matrix for individual course fees. You may find three different fees for the same course: one for Canadian citizens, one for international students, and one for re-registration.

Books and supplies

Total cost: $333 (general estimated cost and subject to change)


Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: (29.0 credits) Credits
  NSPN 7100 Perinatal Nursing Theory 1 - Healthy Childbearing Experiences & The Newborn 3.0
  NSPN 7200 Perinatal Theory 2 Childbearing Women 3.0
  NSPN 7250 Fetal Health Surveillance 1.0
  NSPN 7300 Perinatal Clinical 1 5.0
  NSPN 7400 Perinatal Theory 3 Childbearing Families 3.0
  NSPN 7450 Neonatal Resuscitation 1.0
  NSPO 7230 Perioperative Theory 2: The Nurse in the Circulating Role (Modified) 3.0
  NSPO 7330 Perioperative Clinical 1: Implementing the Circulating Nurse Role (Modified) 4.0
  NSPO 7430 Perioperative Theory 3: The Nurse in the Scrub Role (Modified) 2.0
  NSPO 7530 Perioperative Clinical 2: Implementing the Scrub Nurse Role (Modified) 4.0
Total Credits: 29.0

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

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 telephone tutor support. They often include teleconferences, which provide opportunities for students and tutors to discuss issues relevant to the course. 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 Certificate or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is seven years.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

The current shortages in health care workers means that nurses in the Perinatal area are also needed in British Columbia and Canada. Contact your local hospital and its human resources department for current information, or check the following regional health authority web sites:

Region   Web Site
Fraser Health Authority
Interior Health Authority
Provincial Health Services Authority
Northern Health Authority
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Vancouver Island Health Authority

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Professional associations

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

Contact Us

Karen Sheehan
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7079

Sheila Torgerson
Program Assistant
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7102

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