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Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Standard Option)

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


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.

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

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.

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of 2 years to complete
  • Distance and online learning gives you flexibility to work while you study
  • 2 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
  • Enjoy working directly with childbearing women, newborns, and their families
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment

Learn about entrance requirements and how to register.

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.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


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.

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.

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

Canadian Nurses Association

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Graduates of the BCIT program are eligible to write the Specialty Nursing exam for Perinatal Nursing through the CNA Certification Program. CNA views certification as a method of validating nurses’ competence in an area of specialization within the field of nursing.  BCIT Specialty Nursing graduates can receive a credit of up to 1,000 hours towards their initial certification examination.

Keep learning

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

BCIT Specialty Nursing Advanced Certificate Graduates can apply to receive transfer credits towards the online, 2-year UVIC Master of Nursing program. Applicants can chose from the Advanced Practice Leadership of Nurse Educator options.

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, go to Health Match BC.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Farah Jetha, BSN, MSN
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 1139

Nicole Pasquino, RN (C), BSN, BHSc, MHS
Faculty, Reproductive Health Courses
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7006

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

Contact Us

Erin Peters
Program Assistant

Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7102

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