The only neonatal certification program in Canada, BCIT's Neonatal specialty nursing program is known in the industry for delivering quality training. Our comprehensive programming ensures you are fully ready for a career in neonatal nursing.
We equip nurses to care for infants who are in the first month of their lives and need hospitalization in neonatal nurseries and neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Our program trains you in the technical and emotional skills to effectively support infants and their families during this challenging time.
Our program gives you training in every aspect of neonatal nursing. Visit Program Details for more information.
This program is for individuals who:
See Program Entry to learn more about entry requirements and details on applying.
At BCIT, we value your work experience. If you've been working as a neonatal nurse, take advantage of our Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process and fast track your advanced certification education.
Our grads are ready to start their careers as soon as they graduate. See Graduating and Jobs to learn about careers in neonatal nursing.
The core, required courses in the program address content and skills that are basic to Neonatal Nursing regardless of the setting. The elective credits and courses enable you to pursue relevant areas of interest, based on your educational and career goals.
The first course in the program, NSNE 7100 (Neonatal Theory 1), focuses on infants and families as clients. It explores partnership with infants and families; and introduces developmentally supportive care and family care as frameworks for neonatal nursing practice. The course begins by looking at healthy newborns and ends with a group of modules that introduce the concept of vulnerability. It explores three sources of vulnerability: fetal growth and development/gestational age, transition to extrauterine life, and the environment.
The second course, NSNE 7200 (Neonatal Theory 2), further explores neonatal vulnerability by examining the pathophysiology underlying common neonatal health challenges. Specifically, it examines asphyxia, dehydration, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia, patent ductus arteriosus, opiate dependency, hypothermia, and respiratory distress. Throughout the course, issues are examined in development, family, feeding and assessment.
The third required course in the program, NSNE 7300 (Neonatal Clinical 1), focuses on the knowledge and skills required to begin practicing Neonatal Nursing. The course is organized around seven key areas of Neonatal Nursing practice. They are: assessment, nutritional support, thermal management, medication administration, infection control, respiratory support and developmentally supportive care. The emphasis in this course is synthesis of knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable nurses to provide competent care to vulnerable infants.
The fourth course in the program, NSNE 7900 (Clinical Preceptorship in Neonatal Nursing), provides 75 hours of clinical practice and is used to provide novice neonatal nurses with additional time to focus on the basics, or may be used to provide clinical practice in an area not address in the required clinical courses.
The final course that is required prior to taking any Neonatal clinical course is NSPN 7450 (Neonatal Resuscitation [NRP]). This course prepares health care professionals to provide skilled neonatal resuscitation during the first moments of an infant's life.
Together, the first four courses in the program prepare you to begin working with stable, non-ventilated, vulnerable infants.
The remaining credits and courses in the program are electives. Choose electives from within the Neonatal Nursing Specialty: NSNE 7400 (Neonatal Theory), NSNE 7911 (Neonatal Respiratory Care), NSNE 7920 (Neonatal Acute Care), NSNE 7940 (Advanced Concepts in Neonatal Nursing), or Acute Care Of at Risk Newborns (ACORN). Choose electives from other related BCIT Specialty Nursing Programs, such as Perinatal Nursing and Pediatric 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.
Neonatal nurses work hard to give the best possible care to a special group of patients. Our grads have everything they need to start their career off right or enhance their current neonatal nurse position. Trained neonatal nurses are in demand. BCIT grads are ready.
Our grads can seek employment anywhere in the world. Neonatal RNs work primarily in hospitals, providing specialized care to infants with health problems due to illness or premature birth. Careers start at approximately $32 per hour. Opportunities are available in many areas, including:
Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Bachelor of Science, Specialty Nursing degree.
Beginning in 2018, BCIT Specialty Nursing Advanced Certificate Graduates can apply to receive transfer credits towards the online, two-year UVIC Master of Nursing program. Applicants can chose from the Advanced Practice Leadership of Nurse Educator options.
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