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.

Gain the clinical skills, knowledge and hands-on learning needed to care for the vulnerable newborn population in this comprehensive neonatal nursing program. Certification brings with it not only increased career opportunities, but greater job satisfaction and confidence in this high-tech, rapidly changing environment. In addition to being a superior point-of-care nurse, graduates are better positioned to take on a leadership role and mentor other nurses.

"Whether you are a novice or an experienced neonatal nurse, the advanced neonatal nursing extension certificate program will strengthen your clinical expertise and knowledge base. Your patient care becomes evidence-based and client-centered, rather than task-oriented. Advanced knowledge will boost your confidence, autonomy, and job satisfaction, and open career opportunities. Make a difference in your patient care and career with this neonatal nursing program."

- Karen Lasby, RN MN (past president of the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses, MRU instructor, program developer of the Neonatal Nursing Extension Certificate)

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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 details

Format: Online and practicum

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.



  • Graduates with a degree in nursing or senior-level nursing student with approval from home institution

  • Current, active nursing registration with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) or equivalent from another province required prior to starting the neonatal clinical experience course

  • If applying from a country other than Canada, the student must be eligible for registration with the CARNA

  • Evidence of current registration with the Neonatal Resuscitation Program is required prior to commencing the neonatal clinical experience course

  • LPNs are welcome to register for the Neonatal Development and Homeostasis and Neonatal Assessment courses for general interest.

  • Clinical Experience Expectations - The clinical coordinator will determine the 210-hour instructor-guided clinical placement depending on the availability of clinical facilities and on your learning needs, skill development and competence. This is an unpaid clinical experience.

  • APA 6 formatting standards must be met when completing all assignments.
  • Textbook required per course: visit the Cougars Campus Store and search by Term and Department (XNPN)

This program includes periods of placement or observation experience with community institutions or agencies as part of the course requirements. Many of these institutions or agencies, either for statutory reasons (e.g. Protection for Persons in Care Act) or for policy reasons, require police information or other background checks from employees as well. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain, at the student's expense, the necessary checks. In some circumstances, the checks will be provided by the student directly to the institution or agency.

In some circumstances, the checks will be provided by the student directly to the institution or agency. In other circumstances, the institution or agency will require Mount Royal to coordinate the submission of the checks for all students in a particular course or program. Where Mount Royal is involved in the process, the information will be retained in a separate file within the department and used only for the purposes of placing students at the applicable institutions or agencies. This process will be done in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It is each institution's or agency's decision to accept or reject a student for placement or observation experience based upon the results of a police information or other background check. Since both completion of course requirements and eventual employment in a field of study may be dependent upon the results of such checks, students who have concerns should discuss the matter with the program coordinator.


Police Information checks are normally obtained from the police department having jurisdiction where the student normally resides. For those who normally reside in the City of Calgary, the appropriate agency is the Calgary Police Service ( Outside Calgary, students should contact their local police agency.

NEONATAL NURSING SCHEDULE (tentative)     Total: 402 hours

Required Courses
Neonatal Development & Homeostasis  
Neonatal Assessment  
Neonatal Critical Moments I  
Neonatal Critical Moments II  
Neonatal Clinical Experience See course information section below
The above schedule is subject to change.      
Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.

Neonatal Development and Homeostasis
Be introduced to the basic physiological needs of the neonate and the principles which govern physiological functions pertinent to the care of the critically ill neonate. Investigate elements that must be in balance to move patients toward optimal neonatal health and development.

Subject code: XNPN 10001 48 Hours. Fee: $799  
CRN 30161 Online Jan. 6 - April 5

Neonatal Assessment
Acquire the knowledge and skills required to facilitate comprehensive assessments of the neonate and the neonate's family. Learn to perform an assessment of the prenatal history, birth experience and postnatal extrauterine adaptation.

Subject code: XNPN 10002 48 Hours. Fee: $799
CRN 30212 Online Jan. 6 - April 5

Neonatal Critical Moments I
Utilizing the Adaptation-Development Framework for Neonates, examine critical moments that may cause a neonate to diverge from a trajectory toward health. Focus on the therapeutic modalities that promote the neonate’s return to homeostasis.
Prerequisites: Neonatal Development and Homeostasis; Neonatal Assessment

Subject code: XNPN 10003 48 Hours. Fee: $799
  Not offered this semester.

Neonatal Critical Moments II
Learn about the pathophysiology that influences the neonate to diverge from a trajectory toward health. Gain an understanding of the dysfunctions most pertinent to the neonate.
Neonatal Development and Homeostasis; Neonatal Assessment

Subject code: XNPN 10004 48 Hours. Fee: $799  
CRN 30213 Online Jan. 6 - April 5

Neonatal Clinical Experience
Integrate your knowledge foundation of neonatal homeostasis, neonatal and family assessment, and neonatal pathophysiology with direct-care skills in a variety of clinical settings, including level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), level 2 NICUs, caserooms, outpatient or physician clinics, community-based public health services, and/or homes of ex-NICU families.
Prerequisites: Neonatal Development and Homeostasis; Neonatal Assessment; Neonatal Critical Moments I; Neonatal Critical Moments II
Note: This is an instructor-guided preceptored experience. Please e-mail us for more information.
When you are committed to doing a clinical practicum, it is imperative to submit your formal request to the program coordinator by Sept. 1 for the winter semester, Feb. 1 for the spring semester and May 1 for the fall semester. There is no guarantee that the placement will be secured per your request.

Subject code: XNPN 10005 210 Hours. Fee: $995 Contact for more information



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