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.
See Program Details to learn more about studying perinatal nursing at BCIT.
This program is for individuals who:
Learn about entry requirements and how to register. See Program Entry.
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.
Our grads are in high demand. Visit Graduating and Jobs to learn more about career opportunities in perinatal nursing.
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.
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.
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.
Perinatal nurses work primarily in acute care birthing units. Other work opportunities include: breastfeeding clinics, ambulatory care settings, community health units, and 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, or sexual health nurse.
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.
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