Operating Room Attendant

Courses in this program are delivered face-to-face. Offerings have been suspended until delivery can safely resume.
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.

Contact Continuing Education

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.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing.

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

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. 35 hours.
HSCI10155 Operating Room Attendant Laboratory Experience Utilize OR Attendant theory and skills in a hospital laboratory experience. Blended delivery. Lab will be held at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, lab fee included. Prerequisite: NRSGNSCD9. YOU MUST register for HLTH10223 to complete health clearances prior to registration. 30 hours.

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. 

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
NRSGNSCD9 Operating Room Attendant MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
HSCI10155 Operating Room Attendant Laboratory Experience FieldWork FieldWork


Note: YOU MUST register for HLTH10223 concurrently with NRSGNSCD9 to ensure clearances are completed in time for the ORA Laboratory Experience. Refer to the Field Placement/Clinical tab for more information. 

Getting Started

Visit CE Get Started, your go-to online resource for getting started. You’ll find information on online tools and the wide range of student services available to you to support your success as a Mohawk College student and to help you achieve your future goals!

Login to MyMohawk
MyMohawk is the college portal used to access your student account information, email, grades and more. Your username and password can be found on the Continuing Education Acknowledgement of Registration & Student Account form that was sent to you after you registered for your course. Visit the Getting Started - MyMohawk Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Access Mohawk Email
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to Mohawk email. Visit the Getting Started – Mohawk Email Guide to learn how to set up your account on your devices.

Access MyCanvas
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to MyCanvas, Mohawk College’s Learning Management System. Visit the Getting Started - MyCanvas Guide for step-by-step instructions. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Find your Classroom
Room assignments for Continuing Education are available on the WhereEnCampus Portal. Visit Room Listings for more information.

Find your Textbook
Use the Mohawk College Textbook Search to find your course materials.

Explore Contacts and Services

Online learning courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience!  You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.

Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the MyCanvas Course page for registration information and a step-by-step guide to get started. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

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.

Career Opportunities

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