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Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
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NRP:  Neonatal Resuscitation Program

About the program

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program features hands-on skills training, simulation-based learning, and debriefing exercises with the neonatal resuscitation team.  Our NRP instructors are a combination of nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, and midwives with substantial newborn care experience.

There are two versions of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program available through the Simulation and Outreach Program.   There are Basic and Advanced courses available, according to the needs of the participant.

Basic Course

Advanced Course


The Basic course is intended for healthcare professionals who may be responsible for the resuscitation of newborns during the first few minutes of a resuscitation and who have access to support from advanced level providers within minutes.  

The Basic course is appropriate for healthcare professionals who do not have advanced level NRP skills within their current scope of practice or current practice environment.



The Advanced course is intended for healthcare professionals who are members of any team that provides advanced interventions during newborn resuscitation, according to their role and scope of practice.



Course Content:

 - Covers Lessons 1-4 & 9

 - Includes: principles of resuscitation, initial steps of resuscitation, use of resuscitation devices, chest compressions, and ethics and care at the End of Life.

- Requires successful completion of a Basic Megacode Resuscitation


Course Content:

 - Covers Lessons 1-9

 - Includes all components of Basic course plus: endotracheal intubation, laryngeal mask airway insertion, umbilical venous cannulation, medication administration, special considerations, and resuscitation of preterm infants.

 - Requires successful completion of an Advanced Megacode Resuscitation



RM, RN, RPN, RRT, GRT, PCP, or Student-Medical/Midwifery/Nursing/Respiratory/Paramedic 




 Midwifery Level 3/4

Course Format

Training in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program is a three-step process including:

(1) A self-directed learning component, using a textbook and DVD,

(2) Successful completion of an on-line knowledge exam, and

(3) Attendance at a classroom session for hands-on skill development, practice, and testing.

For essential details on how to obtain materials and to prepare for your classroom session, please use the following links:

Instructions for NRP Basic participants

Instructions for NRP Advanced participants


Course Director

Andrew Latchman, MD, FRCPC

Course Coordinator

Kevin Middleton, RRT, BSc, MEd

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