Registered Practical Nurse - Maternal Newborn Nursing - 040

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
New parents and baby with nurse in foreground

Develop knowledge and skills in Perinatal Nursing as an RPN!

Explore a comprehensive study of nursing care of mother, fetus/newborn and family, from preconception to six weeks postpartum.

Through a combination of theory and hands-on clinical work, there is a strong emphasis on physiology, evidenced based practice, research and nursing management. Improve your ability to provide effective, safe and satisfying care to patients and their families, including newborn and family assessments, problem recognition, newborn complications and more.

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!

Program Contact
Continuing Education Health and Nursing
  • Proof of current RPN 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 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 Mohawk College Bookstore Textbook Search (opens in new window) for information on textbooks.

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.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Integrate knowledge and skills learned in RPN Maternal, Newborn and Family Care Theory courses in a Level 1 or 2 perinatal clinical setting (antenatal clinic, maternal child unit, nursery, L&D-observation only). Mohawk College Medical Clearance and current NRP are required.
Prerequisites: NRSGNSCA2 and HSCI10163 and HLTH10223 or NRSG10123 and HSCI10163
Equivalents: CLIN10038 and CLIN10039
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: Enhance the knowledge and skills acquired in Introduction to Perinatal Nursing Part 1 & 2. Focus on the care of women experiencing healthy and at risk childbearing, with emphasis on the RPN's role in obstetrics, fetal assessment, antepartum concerns, birth process, perinatal bereavement, post-partum assessment and complications.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10103 or NRSG10056
Equivalents: NRSGNSCA1
Course description: Continue your study in Perinatal RPN Perinatal Nursing by exploring newborn and family assessment, problem recognition, newborn complications and issues related to changes in maternal newborn care.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSGNSCA1 or NRSG10122
Equivalents: NRSGNSCA2
Course Availability Fall Winter Spring
Perinatal Nursing: Reproductive Health & Pregnancy   X     X     X
Perinatal Nursing: Labour, Delivery and Newborn Care   X     X     X
Neonatal Resuscitation - Provider Certificate   X     X     X
Perinatal RPN Maternal Care   X     X  
Perinatal Newborn and Family Care (RPN)       X     X
RPN Perinatal Nursing Clinical   X     X     X
  • Use specialized knowledge & skills to provide safe, competent nursing care within RPN scope of practice to families across the childbearing cycle
  • Discuss the psychosocial, cultural, ethical & political influences on maternal and neonatal care
  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing are in perinatal nursing care situations within RPN scope of practice
  • Update and expand their scientific knowledge using a variety of resources and learning opportunities
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in examining perinatal care & 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

Questions about CE at Mohawk College? Please see our FAQ!


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.

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.

These 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.

Related Links