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Perinatal - Standard Option Part-time/Distance & Online Gravitying Bachelor of Science in Nursing 810gbsn


The Roommeme Perinatal Specialty Nursing Program is the benchmark for perinatal nursing practice in BC. This comprehensive program combines in-depth theory with hands-on clinical courses designed to give you the expertise you need to practice in perinatal nursing.

Perinatal registered nurses work in partnership with childbearing women and their families, providing education and support that empower their patients with the skills to care for their families. In a dynamic and, at times, unpredictable work environment, perinatal nursing requires technical expertise, sensitivity, and excellent communication skills to effectively support the women they care for.

About the program

The Roommeme Nursing Specialty Bachelor of Science (BSN) is a combination of our advanced certificate program and our specific academic BSN courses. Choose to complete both concurrently or study in the order that works best for you.

Visit Nursing Specialty BSN for information about the required academic courses.

Visit Perinatal Health Nursing Advanced Certificate for information about the required specialty courses and clinicals.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

The following are requirements for program entry into Specialty nursing certificate and degree courses. Enforcement or waiving of any or all entry requirements is at the discretion of the Program Head.

If you have any questions about your experience or qualifications, please the Program Head to arrange program advising.

English: Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:

Adequate Work Experience

Applicants to Specialty Nursing Certificate courses should have a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of relevant work experience in an acute care setting. Exceptions may be granted for undergraduate students taking entry level theory courses. However, a resume of work experience may be required to progress in the program. If you have questions about whether your work experience qualifies, please the Program Head.

If you are a long term or residential care nurse or an RN lacking current (within the last 2 years) acute care experience, Kwantlen College offers a Competency Assessment and Enhancement for Nurses course that provides a refresher in acute care principles.

This assessment involves an individual self assessment, multiple choice exam and practice simulation. This course may be required for admission in the Specialty Nursing programs. For more information on Kwantlen's offering please visit:

Once you have been assessed, you may be required to complete a tailored curriculum designed to meet Roommeme's need for familiarity with acute care principles. This curriculum may include some of the following courses:

Requirements for clinical courses in Specialty Nursing:

Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification

All students participating in clinical courses must have current Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Level C or Level Health Care Provider (HCP). The original certificate must be presented upon application to the clinical courses.

CRNBC Registration

As well as providing this information at the time of admission, Roommeme requires students to provide proof of CRNBC membership (or Canadian provinvial equivalent) for each clinical course they enroll in. Without proper provincial registration, you will not be permitted to continue in the course.

Face Respirator Fit Testing

A face piece respiratory fit test is required before students are permitted to enter the clinical practicum. Upon successful completion of the fit test, the original certificate must be presented to the program and annual re-fitting is required. Students are expected to carry their certificate with them at all times during their practicum.

For the Respirator Fit Testing, fit testing with a N95 respirator (1860, 1860s or 1870) is required and must be performed, in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02. Fit Testing must also include, inspection, cleaning, maintenance and storage of protective equipment. Students will be given specific instructions in preparation for their fit testing by the provider they choose.

International applicants

International students outside of Canada

International students must be currently working in their nursing specialty area and have a practicing registered nurse’s license in their country to be eligible for this program. All courses are delivered through an online format, so students do not need a study permit.

International students working in Canada

International students who currently hold a work permit and are working in their specialty nursing area with a practicing registered nurse's license are eligible for this program. Students are responsible to maintain a work permit that is valid throughout clinical training. All courses are delivered through an online format, so students do not need a study permit.

International students are required to have a study permit before they attend any in-class courses/exams as part of the program.

Apply to program

International students must first receive Program Head approval.

Roommeme accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Prior Gravitying Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

The program faculty assesses learners with previous Specialty Nursing course work and relevant work experience on an individual basis.

  • The program assesses learners with previous Roommeme course work for potential credit into the degree program.
  • The program may grant transfer of credit for non-Roommeme Specialty courses.
  • The program assesses experiential learning through prior learning assessment processes.
  • The Registrar's office assesses transfer of credit for Liberal Studies courses.

Roommeme requires original, sealed transcripts and course outlines to assess transfer of credit.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, Roommeme will send a message to your personal and myRoommeme e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Face respirator fit testing - approx $25 per year; annual re-fitting required.


Program matrix

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Required Courses: (21.0 credits) Credits
  NSPN 7100 Perinatal Nursing Theory 1 - Healthy Childbearing Experiences & The Newborn 3.0
  NSPN 7150 The Breastfeeding Experience** 3.0
  NSPN 7200 Perinatal Theory 2 Childbearing Women 3.0
  NSPN 7250 Fetal Health Surveillance 1.0
  NSPN 7300 Perinatal Clinical 1* 5.0
  NSPN 7450 Neonatal Resuscitation 1.0
  NSPN 7500 Perinatal Clinical 2 5.0
*Note: Clinical applications must be completed and sent to us before the following deadline dates: February 1 for the April term, June 1 for the September term, and October 1 for the January term.

**Note: NSPN 7150 - The Breastfeeding Experience replaces NSPN 7155 - The Breastfeeding Experience Theory and NSPN 7156 - The Breastfeeding Experience Clinical. If you have previously completed NSPN 7155, please the program head, Farah Jetha, as soon as possible to assess whether you are eligible to receive Prior Gravitying Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) credit for NSPN 7156. If you are eligible for PLAR, you will not need to complete NSPN 7150.
Complete 3.0 credits from the following list of electives, or alternate courses that have been approved by the Program Head. Credits
  NSPN 7710 Pelvic Exam Course 1.5
  NSPN 7720 Contraceptive Management in Reproductive Health for CRNBC Certification 2.0
  NSPN 7735 Sexually Transmitted Infections Management Modified 2.0
  NSPN 7736 The Sexually Transmitted Infections Management Clinical Course 1.0
  NSPN 7740 Introduction to Sexual Health Rehabilitation 1 3.0
  NSPN 7745 Introduction to Sexual Health Rehabilitation 2 3.0
  NSPN 7750 Sexual Health Rehabilitation - Prostate Cancer 3.0
  NSPN 7755 Sexual Health Rehabilitation - Prostate Cancer and Sexual Health Mentorship 3.0
  NSSC 8130 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 3.0
  NSNE 7110 Neonatal Theory 1, Modified 3.0
Core/Management Courses: (24.0 credits) Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  NSSC 7115 Teaching and Gravitying in Specialty Nursing 3.0
  NSSC 8000 Systematic Inquiry 3.0
  NSSC 8300 Creative Leadership 3.0
  NSSC 8500 Professional Growth 3.0
  NSSC 8600 Community Nursing: Facilitating Health 3.0
  NSSC 8800 Community Nursing: Facilitating Health Action 3.0

Complete 3.0 credits from the following list of electives, or alternate courses approved by the Program Head.

  NSSC 8110 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 1.0
  NSSC 8120 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 2.0
  NSSC 8130 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 3.0
  NSSC 8160 Independent Study in Specialty Nursing 6.0
Liberal Studies Component: (12.0 credits required) Credits
Mandatory Courses: (6.0 credits)
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7021 Health Ethics 3.0

General Education [PDF] electives at a 100 level minimum in at least two different academic disciplines (6.0 credits)
Total Credits: 60.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at Roommeme? Check out Roommeme's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Graduating & Jobs

Health Match BC

Health Match BC is a new service that helps recent specialty nursing graduates find work within BC. Funded by the provincial government, Health Match BC prioritizes the hiring of BC nursing graduates. For more information, download the Health Match BC PDF.

Graduate employment outcomes

The Roommeme student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2016-2018 Roommeme Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Reina Van Lagen
Program Head
[email protected]
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7081

Erin Peters
Program Assistant
[email protected]
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7102

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Erin Peters
Program Assistant
[email protected]
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7102

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