Registered Nurse - Perinatal Nursing Certificates - Neonatal - 876

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Expand your knowledge and skills in Perinatal Nursing with an in-depth study of neonatal nursing!

Emphasizing physiology, evidenced-based practice, research and nursing management, this program will help you understand the needs of the mother, fetus/newborn, and family from preconception to six weeks postpartum.

Combining theory and hands-on clinical learning, this program covers reproductive healthy and pregnancy, labour, delivery and newborn care. Prepare for many opportunities using specialized skills to provide safe, competent nursing care to families across the childbearing cycle, including caring for critically ill neonates, and term and pre-term neonates.

This program helps prepare RN's for the Canadian Nurses Association Perinatal Nursing Certification Examination.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

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  • Proof of current RN registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing 

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

NOTE: YOU MUST register for HLTH10223 to complete required health clearances prior to registration in CLINNSCF2 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing 1 Clinical Experience and CLINNSCF4 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing 2 Clinical Experience.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Integrate the knowledge and skills learned in Neonatal Nursing 1 (Advanced). The clinical experience will occur in Level 2 perinatal setting (special care nursery, intensive care nursery). Mohawk College Medical Clearance and current NRC are required.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: NRSG10104 or HSCI10163
Course description: Integrate the knowledge and skills learned in Neonatal Nursing 2 (Advanced) in a Level 3 neonatal intensive care setting (NICU). Mohawk College Medical Clearance and current NRP are required.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CLINNSCF2 and HSCI10163 and NRSG10043
Course description: Become a provider for NRP in this 10 hour practicum based on American Academy of Pediatric guidelines. Course consists of individual practice of several skills and integrated performance simulations of mega codes and various newborn scenarios. Prerequisite: Self-study of Neonatal Resuscitation text and successful completion of online NRP examination Submission of proof of NRP exam success dated within one month of course date.
Credits: 1
Course description: Enhance your knowledge and nursing skills in the field of perinatal nursing. In this beginning course, you will start the study of the process of pregnancy from conception through the antenatal period through the process of labour & delivery.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10055
Course description: Continue your in depth study of perinatal nursing from the end of the labour process through the intra partum and postpartum periods, examining the care of the mother, newborn and family. Prerequisite: NRSG10102.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10102
Course description: Examine the nursing assessment and care of the moderately ill and/or preterm neonate. Topics include preterm birth from the neonatal perspective, assessment of the at risk infant, thermoregulation, nutrition, stabilization and transport, developmental and family centred care, infection and respiratory conditions. Prerequisite: NRSG10103.
Prerequisites: NRSG10103
Course description: Examines the assessment and care of high risk and critically ill neonates. Includes cardiac disorders, congenital abnormalities, acid-base balance, neurological concerns, respiratory disorders, assisted ventilation, gastrointestinal disorders, neonatal surgery, and ethics and end of life care. Prerequisite: NRSG10104.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10104

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. 

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
NRSG10102 Perinatal Nursing: Reproductive Health & Pregnancy MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
NRSG10103 Perinatal Nursing: Labour, Delivery and Newborn Care MyCanvas MyCanvas


HSCI10163 Neonatal Resuscitation-Provider Certification Classroom Classroom Classroom
NRSG10104 Neonatal 1: Advanced Nursing Care of Term and Preterm Neonates MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
NRSG10105 Neonatal 2: Advanced Nursing Care of Critically Ill Neonates MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
CLINNSCF2 Advanced Neonatal Nursing 1 Clinical Experience Fieldwork Fieldwork Fieldwork
CLINNSCF4 Advanced Neonatal Nursing 2 Clinical Experience Fieldwork Fieldwork Fieldwork
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Online learning  courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience!  You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.

Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the MyCanvas Course page for registration information and a step-by-step guide to get started. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Preclinical / Clinical Information

Students preparing for Clinical Placement should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.

Clinical experiences may be completed in your own community provided suitable clinical units are available and willing to take students. You will be expected to develop a learning plan which is an opportunity to design the clinical experience to meet individual learning needs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use specialized knowledge and skills to provide safe, competent nursing care to families across the childbearing cycle
  • Discuss the psychosocial, cultural, ethical, & political influences on maternal and neonatal care
  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care in both normal and complex perinatal care situations
  • Update and expand their scientific knowledge using a variety of resources and learning opportunities
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in examining perinatal care and practice issues
  • Implement and promote evidence-based nursing practice through research utilization
  • Promote family-centered care for childbearing families
  • Utilize principles of health education, adult learning, and the teaching-learning process to meet the learning needs of childbearing families

Academic Opportunities


Mohawk Pathways 

Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Degree programs are eligible to enroll into the Registered Nurse - Perinatal Nursing Certificates - Neonatal programs: 

View the pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Credit for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

If you already work in maternal-child nursing, application can be made through Prior Learning Assessment to challenge the clinical experience. Proof of work experience must be provided.

Challenge exams for Introduction to Perinatal Nursing 1 and 2 will be available in Fall 2017 for Nurses with appropriate knowledge, skills and clinical experience who believe they are able to proceed more quickly through the certificate. Prerequisites for the challenge exam include current/recent clinical experience and related knowledge.

Please contact the plar [at] (PLAR office) for further details.

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