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Perinatal - Perioperative Option Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Advanced Certificate 680vascert


Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations 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.

BCIT's highly unique Perinatal Nursing Specialty program (perinatal-perioerative 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.

Based on the needs of the regional 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.

About the program

  • Part-time theory program with a full-time clinical that takes two 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 six 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. See Program Entry to learn more about entry requirements.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

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

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.

Work Experience

RNs or undergraduate students currently registered in an accredited RN or BSN program may start their Specialty Nursing Certificate by taking entry level theory courses. Applicants to the more advanced Specialty Nursing Certificate courses may require a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of relevant work experience in an acute care setting and 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:

Clinical 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.

Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification

All students participating in clinical courses must have 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.

Respirator 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.

International applicants

International students outside of Canada

International students must be currently working in their nursing specialty area and have a practicing registered nurse’s license in their country to be eligible for this program. All courses are delivered through an online format, so students do not need a study permit.

International students working in Canada

International students who currently hold a work permit and are working in their specialty nursing area with a practicing registered nurse's license are eligible for this program. Students are responsible to maintain a work permit that is valid throughout clinical training. All courses are delivered through an online format, so students do not need a study permit.

International students are required to have a study permit before they attend any in-class courses/exams as part of the program.

Program declaration

Please contact the program assistant to declare this program.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

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

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.

Tuition is charged on a course-by-course basis. View the courses in the program matrix for individual course fees.

Books and supplies

Total cost: $333 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

Please check the BCIT Bookstore for most current prices.


Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: (29.0 credits) Credits
  NSPN 7100 Perinatal Nursing Theory 1 - Healthy Childbearing Experiences & The Newborn 3.0
  NSPN 7200 Perinatal Theory 2 Childbearing Women 3.0
  NSPN 7250 Fetal Health Surveillance 1.0
  NSPN 7300 Perinatal Clinical 1 5.0
  NSPN 7400 Perinatal Theory 3 Childbearing Families 3.0
  NSPN 7450 Neonatal Resuscitation 1.0
  NSPO 7230 Perioperative Perinatal Theory 1: The Nurse in the Scrub Role 3.0
  NSPO 7330 Perioperative Clinical 1: Perioperative-Perinatal Nursing Clinical 5.0
  NSPO 7430 Perioperative Perinatal Theory 2: The Nurse in the Circulating Role 2.0
  NSPO 7530 Perioperative Clinical 2: Implementing the Scrub Nurse Role (Modified) 4.0
Total Credits: 30.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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.

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.

Program length

The length of the program varies, as it is offered in a variety of formats:

  • BCIT offers theory and some clinical courses by part-time, independent study. We deliver theory courses over a 12-week term using guided-learning modules and telephone tutor support. They often include teleconferences, which provide opportunities for students and tutors to discuss issues relevant to the course. If you work full-time, you would generally register for one theory course per term, although this can vary depending on your additional commitments.

  • Through independent study, learn in you own community and structure your learning schedule in a manner that is most convenient for you. Complete full-time clinical courses at clinical sites throughout BC, over 3 to 4 weeks. If you live outside BC, clinical placements may be negotiated.

  • Most Specialty Nursing programs arrange special offerings of courses as "Compressed time frame programs". Offered in full-time study formats, they enable you to take several courses over a specified period of time. If you are interested in this option of study, contact the program assistant for more information and program start dates.

  • Nurses with relevant experience and/or previous courses can request assessment for appropriate placement within the program.

Maximum program length for either the Advanced Certificate or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is seven years.

Additional program options

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 are 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.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Professional associations

Certification from BCIT's Perinatal program prepares you to write the Specialty Nursing Exam for Perinatal Nurses through the CNA Certificate Program.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Cindy Chiang
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

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

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