Perioperative Nursing - 943

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Mix of classroom and online
Nurse in operating theatre with robotic imaging system

The next intake of new students for this program is January 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.

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.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Health and Nursing
  • 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.

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.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Practice skills for the scrub and circulating nurse roles in an operating room environment.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HLTH10223
Course description: This course will introduce the student to perioperative nursing management as the Circulating Nurse for patients undergoing anaesthesia in the Operating Room. Collaborating roles of the Perioperative Nurse and the Anaesthetist will be included throughout the lessons.
Credits: 3
Course description: Students are introduced to perioperative nursing principals and practices of aseptic technique, basic microbiology, sterilization, instrumentation and patient safety.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HLTH10223
Course description: The student will continue to practice skills for the scrub nurse and circulating nurse role in an operating room environment.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCI10156 and HLTH10223
Course description: Continue to practice skills for the scrub nurse and circuating nurse role in a minimal invasive surgery environment. class at St. Joseph's Hospital.
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: HSCI10158 and HLTH10223
Course description: This program allows the student to learn the sequence of surgical intervention care during the preoperative, intraoperative, and immediate postoperative periods and the operating room principles, procedures and practice for general surgery, gynaecological surgery and genitor-urinary surgery.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10058 and HSCINSC87
Course description: Focus on surgical terminology, specialty equipment and related anatomy for the surgical specialties: Ortho, Neuro, Plastics, Ophth, ENT, Thoracic, Vascular & Cardiac.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10032
Course description: Clinical experience will provide the opportunity to apply perioperative nursing theory and laboratory experience in a full-time preceptored experience in an Operating Room Suite in a variety of surgical services.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: HSCI10184 and HLTH10223

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 eLearn eLearn  
HSCINSC87 Anaesthesia, Assessment & Critical Care eLearn eLearn


HSCI10156 O.R. Laboratory Experience A Fieldwork Fieldwork  
NRSG10032 Operating Room Principles and Practices 1 Theory   eLearn eLearn
NRSG10033 Operating Room Principles and Practices 2 Theory   eLearn eLearn
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.

Semester 1

  • 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

Semester 2

  • 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***

Semester 3

  • 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.

***HSCI 10184 - OR Laboratory Experience C will be running in April 2020. Registration for HSCI 10184 will be available in March. 

Getting Started

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Access eLearn
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to eLearn. Visit the Getting Started - eLearn Guide for step-by-step instructions. Please note your course will not appear in eLearn until the scheduled start date.

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

Preclinical / Clinical Information

Students preparing for clinical placement should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.

Academic Opportunities

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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.