Operating Room Attendant

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Nurse in operating theatre with robotic imaging system

Expand your knowledge and skills in the operating room environment!

Operating Room Attendants are an integral part of the O.R. team, responsible for ensuring a safe, clean environment for patients, staff and visitors.

Through a combination of theory and fieldwork practice, you will learn the skills to become confident in the operating room environment, learning key communication skills, infection control, patient positioning, and more. Operating Room Attendants must pay attention to detail, have dexterity, physical stamina, and the ability to use operating room equipment and surgical tools.

Designed for individuals who do not have a nursing background, learn from industry experts to help prepare for real-world practice.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Program Contact
Continuing Education Health and Nursing

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Click on the course number below to check current availability and for registration information

Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description
NRSGNSCD9 Operating Room Attendant Introduces the operating room environment and the role of the OR attendant. Includes: the OR team, communication skills, infection control, basic microbiology concepts, asepsis, positioning of patients and environmental cleaning practices. Students must register for HLTH10223 concurrently with this course to ensure clearances are complete in time for the ORA Lab Experience.
HSCI10155 Operating Room Attendant Laboratory Experience Utilize OR Attendant theory and skills in a hospital laboratory experience.  Prerequisite: NRSGNSCD9. YOU MUST register for HLTH10223 to complete health clearances prior to registration.


 Course Schedule

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
NRSG NSCD9 Operating Room Attendant eLearn eLearn eLearn
HLTH 10223 Preplacement/Clinical Service* eLearn eLearn eLearn
HSCI 10155 Operating Room Attendant Laboratory Experience FieldWork FieldWork


 *YOU MUST register for HLTH 10223 concurrently with NRSG NSCD9 to ensure clearances are completed in time for the ORA Lab Experience

Students registering online must first register for NRSG NSCD9 and HLTH 10223, once enrolled in these two courses the registration system will allow you to enroll in HSCI 10155.  Should you require further clarification, please contact cehealth [at] mohawkcollege.ca

This program provides specialty training for health care aides and personal support workers looking to enter the Operating Room Attendant profession. 

Questions about CE at Mohawk College? Please see our Continuing Education FAQ here. 

Preclinical / Clinical Information:

Students preparing for Clinical Placement and Lab Experiences should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.