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.

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

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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 2018/19 academic year. Students who are currently in progress should contact us regarding a strategy for completion. 

Please see below for course descriptions and delivery information. For the most current course availability, scheduling and fee information please see the Continuing Education Catalogue.

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: NRSG10045 and HSCI10163 and HLTH10223 or NRSG10104 and HSCI10163 and HLTH10223
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.
Prerequisites: CLINNSCF2 and HSCI10163 and NRSG10043 and HLTH10223
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. Topics include fertilization, embryological and fetal development, psychological & physiological adaptations to pregnancy, pregnancy risk assessment, prenatal education applying health teaching principles & the process of labour & delivery. Note: This course is a foundational course for all the Perinatal Nursing Certificate Programs: 040 â€"RPN Maternal Newborn; 876 â€" Neonatal; 877 â€" Obstetrics (High Risk).
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. Topics include thermoregulation, newborn transition and assessment, normal post partum care, newborn care and feeding options, common newborn problems and health teaching to new parents. Note: This course is a foundational course for all the Perinatal Nursing Certificate Programs: 040 â€"RPN Maternal Newborn; 876 â€" Neonatal; 877 â€" Obstetrics (High Risk).
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10055 or NRSG10102
Equivalents: NRSG10056
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.
Prerequisites: NRSG10056 or NRSG10103
Equivalents: NRSG10045
Course description: Examines the assessment and care of high risk and critically ill neonates. Topics include cardiac disorders, congenital abnormalities, acid-base balance, neurological concerns, respiratory disorders, assisted ventilation, gastrointestinal disorders, neonatal surgery, and ethics and end of life care.
Prerequisites: NRSG10045 or NRSG10104
Equivalents: NRSG10043
  • 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-centred care for childbearing families
  • Utilize principles of health education, adult learning, and the teaching-learning process to meet the learning needs of childbearing families

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.

Credit for Prior Learning

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.

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