Perioperative Nursing - 943
The next intake of new students for this program is September 2020. Reference the Course Schedule tab for further details and help with registration.
Learn to function effectively as a perioperative nurse!
Operating rooms are becoming more complex, making specialized perioperative nursing education increasingly more important. Gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform successfully in the operating room.
Combining theory and hands-on clinical and lab experience, this Graduate Certificate will help you learn the guiding principals and practices of working in the operating room, including aseptic techniques, sterilization, surgical intervention and more.
There are two intakes per year for this program, Fall (September) and Winter (January).
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.
Admission & Registration
- Proof of current RN/RPN registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
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.
Program of Studies
The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 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.
Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.
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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.
|Register||Course number||Course title||Course Hours|
|N/A||HSCI10156||O.R. Laboratory Experience A||45.00|
|Register||HSCINSC87||Anaesthesia, Assessment & Critical Care||42.00|
|Register||NRSG10058||Operating Room Nursing-Introductory||48.00|
|N/A||HSCI10158||OR Laboratory Experience B||40.00|
|N/A||HSCI10184||Operating Room Lab Experience C||12.00|
|Register||NRSG10032||Operating Room Principles and Practices 1 Theory||38.00|
|Register||NRSG10033||Operating Room Principles and Practices 2 Theory||40.00|
There are two intakes per year for this program, Fall (September) and Winter (January). The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path. The recommended course progression is below.
|Course Code||Course Name||Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
|NRSG10058||Operating Room Nursing - Introductory||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|HSCINSC87||Anaesthesia, Assessment & Critical Care||MyCanvas||MyCanvas||
|HSCI10156||O.R. Laboratory Experience A||FieldWork||FieldWork|
|NRSG10032||Operating Room Principles and Practices 1 Theory||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|NRSG10033||Operating Room Principles and Practices 2 Theory||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|HSCI10158||OR Laboratory Experience B||FieldWork||FieldWork|
|HSCI10184||Operating Room Laboratory Experience C||FieldWork||
|CLIN10060||R.N. Operating Room Clinical||FieldWork||FieldWork||FieldWork|
|CLIN10091||RPN Operating Room Clinical||FieldWork||FieldWork||FieldWork|
Recommended course progression:
Although this course structure is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. After reviewing, don't hesitate to contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing.
- HLTH10223 - Preplacement/Clinical Service* Note: Students must register for this course first, and then enroll in those listed below
- NRSG10058 - Operating Room Nursing - Introductory
- HSCINSC87 - Anaesthesia, Assessment & Critical Care
- HSCI10156 - O.R. Laboratory Experience A
- NRSG10032 - Operating Room Principles and Practices 1 Theory (accelerated CRN)**
- NRSG10033 - Operating Room Principles and Practices 2 Theory (accelerated CRN)**
- HSCI10158 - OR Laboratory Experience B
- HSCI10184 - OR Laboratory Experience C***
- CLIN10060 - R.N. Operating Room Clinical
- CLIN10091 - RPN Operating Room Clinical
*The Preplacement/Clinical Service course is required to participate in any labs or clinical experiences outside of Mohawk College. Labs A, B and C are all offsite at surrounding hospitals. Once you have completed HLTH10223, your clearance is valid for one year.
**While accelerated CRNs are offered that allow students to take both courses in the same semester, many students choose to take NRSG10032 and NRSG10033 in separate semesters. These two courses have a lot of content and continuously prove to be the most difficult courses in the program with multiple assignments and tests. You are more than welcome to separate these courses, but please be aware that it will prolong your studies.
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Field Placement / Clinical
Frequently Asked Questions
Jeff Blunt and Mindy Colburn are registered nurses as well as instructors in Mohawk College’s Continuing Education Health Sciences program.
Our combined 26 years of operating room experience in frontline nursing, education and institutional leadership has provided us the opportunity to identify the learning needs of novice perioperative professionals. Working with Mohawk College, in an effort to support novice perioperative nurses, we have created two pocketbook guides; one highlights the skills required in the operating room, and one outlines the common general surgery instruments.
Learners must memorize a vast amount of information in a small amount of time and patient outcomes can be impacted when nurses are not successful. Currently, the only time to memorize these instruments is in the operating room, during surgical procedures. We hope these pocketbooks will bridge the gaps from learning to the operating room and minimize negative patient outcomes, while providing students with more confidence when making decisions. These pocketbooks will provide nurses and other healthcare professionals the opportunity to review operating skills and instruments prior to a case, or possibly intraoperatively, if they are uncertain. With this new resource, we believe Mohawk College has provided graduates of their program with an advantage in the operating room by reducing the pressure for memorization.
Mohawk has a strong history of collaboration with partners, like us, to meet community and industry needs.