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Registered Nurse - Perioperative Nursing (Part-time)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
Health & Life Sciences



Perioperative Program
Mandatory Information Session (only for accepted students into the program)
Doon Campus, Wed, July 11, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in room 2F26

Consolidated Practicum

It is an expectation that for successful program completion, your clinical practicum be completed by November in the same year.

About the Program

Admission 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 RN with the knowledge and skills to function effectively in Perioperative (Preoperative, Intraoperative and Postoperative) Nursing. In addition to theoretical knowledge, the 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.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 1 year of acceptance into the program.

Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students 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

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go 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 Opportunities

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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 Information
Course Code Course Title Status
FPLT8220 Field Placement (RN Perioperative Nursing)
Description: During this six week consolidated practicum, the student will integrate perioperative knowledge to practice in the role of a Registered Nurse in an approved perioperative setting under the guidance of a preceptor.
Hours: 225
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites: NURS8085, NURS8566, NURS8985, NURS8570
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.
Hours: 76
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: NURS8566
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.
Hours: 96
Credits: 5
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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
NURS8985 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.
Hours: 22
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320
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.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Jane Homlberg,, 519-748-5220 ext. 8216

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