Perioperative Nursing - Registered Practical Nurse (Graduate Certificate) (Part-time)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Notice:This program is closed for Fall 2017 and is no longer receiving applications.
About the ProgramAdmission to this program occurs every September. The program takes 10 months to complete. Classes are held every Wednesday evening and every Saturday.
This graduate certificate program will provide the RPN with the knowledge and skills to function effectively in Perioperative (Preoperative, Intraoperative and Postoperative) Nursing. In addition to theoretical knowledge, this program reinforces the technical skills required of a surgical team member. Lab days and clinical experience are integrated throughout the program. A consolidated practicum is completed at the end of the program.
NOTE: Clinical observation days occur in the first two weeks of the Program. Students must therefore have Criminal Record checks completed by the night of the first class.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 1 year of acceptance into the program. Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.
- This is a limited-enrolment program. Applicants are advised to submit their Program Application Form early.
- Current College of Nurses of Ontario Certificate of Registration as a Registered Practical Nurse.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
- Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Clinical placements are only available to students registered in the program and must be arranged by the Placement Office. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following:
- A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
- TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
- Standard First Aid and CPR - HCP level
- An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
- Applicants are advised that a latex-free environment in the College or clinical setting is NOT guaranteed.
- Travel within the program: Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from assigned learning settings external to the College and for covering any costs incurred. The location of these learning sites could be anywhere within a one hour's drive of the Doon campus.
- Applicants should display integrity, reliability, maturity, self-direction, self-discipline, determination, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, poise and leadership attributes.
How to ApplyStudents may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
Graduate OpportunitiesFor more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Program Related Resources
- Apply the principles of nursing assessment and therapeutic communication to perioperative (preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative) nursing with a diverse client population.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to and advocate for the diverse cultural and religious needs of clients and families.
- Determine and implement appropriate perioperative nursing interventions for the Registered Practical Nurse utilizing established CNO (College of Nurses of Ontario), ORNAC (Operating Room Nurse Association of Canada), and hospital standards/guidelines and legislation.
- Apply specialized knowledge and skills in a variety of perioperative nursing roles for Registered Practical Nurses.
- Use critical thinking skills to select the appropriate nursing intervention in a variety of perioperative situations.
- Evaluate the outcomes of nursing process through the implementation of continuous quality assurance.
- Apply current nursing and perioperative research in the provision of client care.
- Promote the quality of nurse-client interactions through reflective practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of current trends and issues related to perioperative nursing
- Demonstrate generic skills in the areas of communication, working in a team, problem solving, critical thinking, professionalism and evaluation.
Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.
|Course Code||Course Title||Status|
|NURS8085||Intraoperative Nursing II Theory/Lab/ Practice
Description: Current Certificate of Registration RN This course includes a variety of O.R. set ups and nursing considerations for specific procedures such as general surgeries; gynecological, ophthalmology and ear, nose, throat (ENT) surgeries. Other topics included are laser and latex allergy. This course consists of the following components: theory, three labs and two clinical practice days. The student is required to successfully complete all three components of the course. This course is part of the Perioperative Nursing - Registered Nurse program.
|NURS8566||Intraoperative Nursing I Theory/Lab/ Practice
Description: This course provides the student with preoperative knowledge and skills, with an introduction to the ORNAC standards. Topics include communication, documentation, assessment across the lifespan, ethical and legal guidelines, latex allergy, reprocessing, and organ and tissue donation. Perioperative skills lab include demonstration of scrubbing, gowning and gloving, instrumentation, surgical counts, and appropriate care of the patient during the surgical procedure. The student is required to successfully complete all clinical skills labs, clinical practice days, and theory classes to be successful in this course.
|NURS8570||Intraoperative Nursing III Theory/Lab/ Practice
Description: This course includes a variety of operating room set ups and nursing considerations for procedures including orthopedics, ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat, and plastic/ reconstructive surgery. The student is required to successfully complete all clinical skills labs, clinical practice days, and theory classes to be successful in this course.
|OHS1320||Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
|PNUR8505||Anaesthesia and Postoperative Nursing Theory/Lab
Description: This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills that are utilized in the care of the patient undergoing anaesthesia. Topics include types of anaesthesia, anaesthetic drugs, Malignant Hyperthermia, communication, documentation, assessment and transfer of care to the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU). This course includes an anaesthetic lab.
|PNUR8785||Consolidated Practicum RPN
Description: During this six week consolidated practicum, the student will integrate perioperative knowledge to practice in the role of a Registered Practical Nurse in an approved perioperative setting under the guidance of a preceptor.
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