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Perinatal Obstetrics RN/RPN (Certificate)

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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

This program is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills as an RN or RPN working in or aspiring to work in a traditional obstetrical or perinatal unit (i.e. labour, delivery, recovery, postpartum, and newborn). Applying the nursing process and research to clinical practice, you will be able to provide comprehensive, family-centred maternity care to clients and their families in institutions and community settings.

One course will be offered in a hybrid format; practicum is done at an approved facility.

Please note: Courses in this program typically run once per year, although they may run with less frequency. The next anticipated term for the first course in the program to run is Fall 2021.

Certificate Requirements

  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Current B.C.L.S. (within one year prior to beginning the clinical component)
  • Up to date Entry Immunization Form, placement paperwork (prior to beginning clinical)
  • Proof of Fetal Heart Surveillance (FHS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) certificates are required prior to practicum. Both courses must be obtained at student's expense via online or through their local hospital.
  • Clear Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required for Field Placement. Without this, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency and may be unable to complete the requirements of the program.
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Admission Students are required to complete and submit this form to indicate that the program's admission requirements have been met.

Click to access the Program Admission Form

This form must be submitted and an Admission Acceptance Letter received prior to registering for any courses.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Field Placement

This program contains a field placement requirement.

For details, including paperwork submission deadlines, please visit the Field Placement Page, and for specific program-related field placement questions, please review the Healthcare Field Placement FAQs.

Please note that it can take a considerable amount of time to secure a preceptored placement opportunity.

Please contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning Placement Officer at least two terms (6-8 months) in advance of the term you are hoping to complete the placement for this program.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Practice in a professional manner in accordance with all relevant legal, legislative, ethical, and professional standards of practice
  • Provide comprehensive and family-centred maternity care to clients experiencing a normal pregnancy and birth in institutional and community settings
  • Provide comprehensive and family-centred maternity care to clients experiencing a high risk pregnancy and birth in institutional settings
  • Provide surgical assistance and comprehensive and family-centred maternity care to clients experiencing a pregnancy resulting in a Caesarean section birth in institutional settings

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Perinatal/Obstetrical Nurse within hospitals

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
RN 4566Perinatal 5- PracticumDistance Education