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Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)

Advanced Certificate Part-time/Distance & Online Learning School of Health Sciences


BCIT’s highly unique Perinatal Nursing Specialty program (perinatal-perioperative option) has been designed exclusively for the family birthing (FB) unit. Skilled perinatal nurses are sponsored through this program to gain expertise in providing perioperative care for patients and their families undergoing cesarean section births and recoveries.

Program delivery mode: blended

  • This program will be delivered for the coming semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

About the program

Based on the needs of the regional family birthing (FB) units, this program is usually offered once per year. Are you interested and do you meet the requirements for this program? Talk to your employer about professional development opportunities.

  • Part-time theory program with a full-time clinical that takes 2 terms (approximately 6-8 months) to complete
  • Distance and online theory learning format gives you flexibility to continue working as you study
  • One clinical experience in a BC health authority

Who it’s for

This program is for experienced perinatal registered nurses, who:

  • Have 6 or more months of relevant work experience in perinatal nursing
  • Have completed the BCIT Perinatal Nursing Advanced Certificate program or similar perinatal education
  • Have an industry sponsor in place in the Fraser Health Authority or an FB unit site
  • Are currently providing perioperative care for patients undergoing cesarean section birth and recovery

This program requires sponsorship in order to enrol.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

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


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


Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

Family Birthing (FB) units trust our program to deliver the skills they, and their patients, need. We have tailor-made this program to FB units’ specific requirements and we ensure their perinatal nurses are ready to work in perioperative-perinatal care.

Career opportunities

Positions are based on the needs of the FB unit. Managers and leaders determine the opportunities for work and professional development. If you’re interested, and meet the program requirements, talk to your employer about career and educational opportunities.

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].

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Cindy Chiang, MSN, RN
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 6706

Perinatal – Perioperative Program Information please contact:

Stephanie Strong
Program Assistant

Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 8875

Perinatal Program Information please contact:

Erin Peters
Program Assistant
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7102


Contact Us

Stephanie Strong
Program Assistant
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 8875


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