Neonatal Nursing

Neonatal Nursing Extension Certificate




Award-winning program

Our Neonatal Extension Certificate received an Award of Excellence in 2019 by the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education, an organization dedicated to excellence, innovation and value.

Neonatal nursing is a specialty program for registered nurses to develop the clinical skills and knowledge base to confidently work with the vulnerable newborn population.

Whether you are a novice registered nurse or an experienced neonatal nurse, the Neonatal Nursing Extension Certificate program strengthens your clinical expertise and knowledge base. Your patient care becomes evidence-based and client-centered, rather than task-oriented. Advanced knowledge boosts your confidence, autonomy and job satisfaction, and opens career opportunities.
- Karen Lasby, RN, MN, past president of the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses, MRU instructor, program developer of the Neonatal Nursing Extension Certificate

Gain the clinical skills, knowledge and hands-on learning needed to care for the vulnerable newborn population in this comprehensive neonatal nursing program. Four online courses and a clinical experience provide you with in-depth knowledge, from performing assessments of the prenatal history, birth experience and postnatal extrauterine adaptation to the therapeutic modalities that promote the neonate's return to homeostasis.

Your certification can bring increased career opportunities along with greater job satisfaction and confidence in this high-tech, rapidly changing environment. As a graduate, you are better positioned to take on a leadership role and mentor other nurses.

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  • Expand your expertise and skills to provide new career opportunities
  • Complete the 210-hour clinical experience course to integrate and apply your theoretical knowledge in a practical setting
  • Nurses who have worked a minimum of 2 years in their specialty of nursing can apply to PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) the Clinical Experience course. Contact the program coordinator for more information.
  • Prepare to write the Neonatal Nursing Canada certification exam through the Canadian Nurses Association


Program format

Format: Online and practicum | Learn more

Duration: Complete the four required courses and 210-hour clinical experience (minimum passing grade required). Can be completed in 1.5 years to up to a maximum of 6 years.

The listed course hours indicate the estimated time to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.