Registered Practical Nurse - Perinatal Nursing

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 1296

Please note:

As of February 1, 2020, applications for this part-time program are no longer being accepted. All registered students must complete all program requirements no later than December 2022 to graduate from the program. Students should contact Karen Towler to discuss plans for completion.

About the program

The Perinatal Nursing program for Registered Practical Nurses is offered online, with the exception of a consolidated practicum in the clinical environment at the end of the program. The program is designed to enhance and support the knowledge and skills of RPNs who work with childbearing families. The curriculum is based on the guidelines established by AWHONN, SOGC, IBLCE, and DONA and applies a multidisciplinary and holistic approach. This program emphasizes the importance of the partnership between the care provider and the childbearing family.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of an approved diploma program in practical nursing
  • Current College of Nurses of Ontario Certificate of Registration as a Registered Practical Nurse.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission procedures

  • This program is not currently accepting applications.

Program requirements

  • Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Clinical placements are only available to students registered in the program and must be arranged by the Placement Office. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following:
    • A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, varicella, polio and hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
    • TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
    • Standard First Aid and CPR - BLS (Basic Life Support)
    • An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
  • Applicants are advised that a latex-free environment in the College or clinical setting is NOT guaranteed.
  • Travel within the program: Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from assigned learning settings external to the College and for covering any costs incurred. The location of these learning sites could be anywhere within a one hour's drive of the Doon campus.
  • Applicants should display integrity, reliability, maturity, self-direction, self-discipline, determination, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, poise and leadership attributes.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Apply enhanced communication skills in the context of the childbearing families in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Utilize a holistic approach to perinatal health including the psychosocial and cultural aspects of childbirth and parenting
  • Complete a health assessment of the mother and newborn focusing on the post partum period.
  • Apply basic principles of adult teaching and learning when interacting in the caregiver/family partnership.
  • Demonstrate the role of the caregiver in the promotion of wellness and effective parenting in the caregiver/family partnerships
  • Utilize a variety of community resources in the delivery of care and services for the childbearing family.
  • Recognize the implications of research in the field of perinatal health as it relates to current practices and education within the caregiver/family partnerships.
  • Assess the RPNs role in caring for childbearing families and the collaboration between all members of the interprofessional team.
  • Recognize the implications of research in the field of perinatal health as it relates to current practices and education within the caregiver/family partnerships.

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