Registered Nurse - Perinatal Intensive Care Nursing Program (S404) (Postgraduate)

Registered Nurse - Perinatal Intensive Care Nursing
Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing
Waterfront Campus
15 weeks (1 semester)
September, January
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Registered Nurse - Perinatal Intensive Care Nursing is a postgraduate certificate program that will prepare you to care for critically ill newborns and their families in an intensive care setting.

Full Program Descriptions


Registered Nurse - Perinatal Intensive Care Nursing is a postgraduate certificate program that prepares Registered Nurses to provide comprehensive care to critically ill newborns and their families in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Research and theoretical perspectives provide the foundation of study for family-centred care.


This full-time, one semester program (15 weeks) is offered in two delivery modes in order to meet the learning styles and needs of adult students.

  • Full-time – on campus (15 weeks):Offered in September and January. Students attend classes at the Waterfront Campus three days per week. Lectures, case studies, simulation labs and expert guest speakers comprise the theoretical component.
  • Full-time – online (15 weeks): Offered in September and January. This option is available to nurses with current experience in a Level II or III NICU, who prefer a more flexible learning environment. Live, interactive classes are offered twice a week for online discussion and facilitation of learning.

Regardless of delivery mode, all students use:

  • an Independent Study Theory Manual
  • DVD
  • textbook

Faculty are available to support students in a variety of ways:

  • in-class
  • online and through email
  • via telephone
  • tutorial support

To support the learning outcome of this course, clinical courses take place in Level II and III neonatal intensive care units.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

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Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Code Course Name
NURS4048 Perinatal Nursing - Theory
NURS4049 Perinatal Nursing - Clinical
NURS4050 Neonatal Intensive Care - Theory
NURS4051 Neonatal Intensive Care - Clinical

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates are qualified to work in Level II and Level III neonatal intensive care units.

Future Study Options 


Tuition and Fees


$2,157.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semester of the program starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates

Financial Assistance 

Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for tuition reimbursement through an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care initiative implemented through the RNAO.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • RN, Certificate of Competence, College of Nurses of Ontario without practice restrictions
  • BCLS (Heart and Stroke Foundation), HCP Level
  • Interview - All applicants are interviewed by telephone or in person.
  • Resumé
  • NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certificate is required.

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

Special Requirements  

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at
  • Students must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination before entering field placement. Students who are unable to provide a clear medical examination result to the college will not be able to start their field placement and therefore will be unable to complete the program.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at

How Do I Apply to the Program  

* Please note: Due to the limited number of clinical placements available, this program has a limited number of seats open to applicants lacking specific clinical experience. Please contact Heather Urquhart at 416.415.5000 ext. 2351 or email:, for more details before applying.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Due to the limited number of clinical placements available, this program has a restricted number of seats open to applicants lacking specific clinical experience.

Contact Heather Urquhart at the George Brown College Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing at 416-415-5000, ext. 2351 or for more information.

For general information about the college, call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.