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4 required courses (192 hours)


Online | Learn more


Complete in 1 year, or up to 6 years

Neonatal nursing is a specialty program for registered nurses to develop the clinical skills and knowledge base to confidently work with the vulnerable newborn population.

Gain the clinical skills and knowledge needed to care for the vulnerable newborn population in this comprehensive neonatal nursing program. Four online courses provide you with in-depth knowledge, from performing assessments of the prenatal history, birth experience and postnatal extrauterine adaptation to the therapeutic modalities that promote the neonate's return to homeostasis.

This program is designed for those who have a degree in nursing or are a senior-level nursing student (with approval from your home institution). Licensed Practical Nurses can register in all four online courses.

Your certification can bring increased career opportunities along with greater job satisfaction and confidence in this high-tech, rapidly changing environment. As a graduate, you are better positioned to take on a leadership role and mentor other nurses.


Highlights and benefits

Earn a recognized credential | Enhance your career prospects

Become career-ready | Prepare for a career as a neonatal nursing professional or enhance your current career

Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced nursing professionals

Continuous learning | These courses may meet the requirements for continuing education units (e.g., Neonatal Nursing specialty certification) through the Canadian Nurses Association. Contact the certifying organization for eligibility.

Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Neonatal Development & Homeostasis ON ON  
Neonatal Assessment   ON ON
Neonatal Critical Moments l ON   ON
Neonatal Critical Moments ll ON ON  



BL: Blended (Online & Classroom)
CL: Classroom
FT: Fast Track
ON: Online
IDS: Independent Study
P: Practicum

This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.



Additional Details


Minimum required

4 Course(s)

Complete four required courses to earn your extension certificate.

Courses in this certificate have prerequisites.

Funding opportunities

This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.

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Have a question about our programs or need help with course registration? Call or email us:

403.440.6875 or 1.866.775.2673



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