Close-up of a hand holding a stethoscope on a pregnant belly



4 required courses (192 hours)


Online | Learn more


Complete in 1 year, or up to 6 years

Perinatal nursing is a specialty program that develops clinical skills and knowledge base so RNs can confidently work with mothers and neonates during the childbearing continuum.

This comprehensive program builds important knowledge and clinical skills in perinatal nursing. The curriculum allows you to focus on critical moments in the mother and neonate’s care, contributing to confident assessment and treatment during the childbearing continuum. Experience personal and professional growth and further your career opportunities.

In four online courses, gain knowledge of the developmental changes of the childbearing year, including the physiologic mechanisms that promote growth and maintain homeostasis. Examine assessment parameters of maternal-fetal-neonatal development and homeostasis. Acquire the knowledge and skills required to perform physiological and behavioural assessments. Learn the Adaptation-Development Framework for Neonates and the Philosophical Model for Family-Centered Perinatal Care, facilitating your understanding of labour and delivery. Licensed Practical Nurses can register in all four online courses.


Highlights and benefits

Earn a recognized credential | Enhance your career prospects

Become career-ready | Prepare for a career as a perinatal 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., Perinatal Nursing specialty certification) through the Canadian Nurses Association. Contact the certifying organization for eligibility.

Course schedule by semester

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