Perinatal - Standard Option Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Bachelor of Science in Nursing 810gbsn

Overview

The BCIT Perinatal Specialty Nursing Program is the benchmark for perinatal nursing practice in BC. This comprehensive program combines in-depth theory with hands-on clinical courses 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

The BCIT Nursing Specialty Bachelor of Science (BSN) is a combination of our advanced certificate program and our specific academic BSN courses. Choose to complete both concurrently or study in the order that works best for you.

Visit Nursing Specialty BSN for information about the required academic courses.

Visit Perinatal Health Nursing Advanced Certificate for information about the required specialty courses and clinicals.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

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

  • English 12 (B) and 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.

Adequate Work Experience

Applicants to Specialty Nursing Certificate courses should have a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of relevant work experience in an acute care setting. Exceptions may be granted for undergraduate students taking entry level theory courses. However, 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.

Apply to program

Note: Do not specify an option/specialization at the time of application.

This program does not accept applications from International students. View BCIT programs that do.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

The program faculty assesses learners with previous Specialty Nursing course work and relevant work experience on an individual basis.

  • The program assesses learners with previous BCIT course work for potential credit into the degree program.
  • The program may grant transfer of credit for non-BCIT Specialty courses.
  • The program assesses experiential learning through prior learning assessment processes.
  • The Registrar's office assesses transfer of credit for Liberal Studies courses.

BCIT requires original, sealed transcripts and course outlines to assess transfer of credit.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

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

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

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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 7450 - Neonatal Resuscitation
**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 7730 Sexually Transmitted Infection Management in Reproductive Health for CRNBC Certification 3.0
  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
 
Core/Management Courses: (24.0 credits) Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  NSSC 7115 Teaching and Learning in Specialty Nursing 3.0
  NSSC 8000 Systematic Inquiry 3.0
  NSSC 8300 Creative Leadership 3.0
  NSSC 8500 Professional Growth 3.0
  NSSC 8600 Community Nursing: Facilitating Health 3.0
  NSSC 8800 Community Nursing: Facilitating Health Action 3.0

Complete 3.0 credits from the following list of electives, or alternate courses approved by the Program Head.

  NSSC 8110 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 1.0
  NSSC 8120 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 2.0
  NSSC 8130 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 3.0
  NSSC 8160 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 6.0
 
Liberal Studies Component: (12.0 credits required) Credits
Mandatory Courses: (6.0 credits)
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7021 Health Ethics 3.0

General Education [PDF] electives at a 100 level minimum in at least two different academic disciplines (6.0 credits)
 
Total Credits: 60.0

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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.

Graduating & Jobs

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 following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

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

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

Contact Us

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

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

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