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Perioperative Nursing

Registered nursing programs may only provide students with minimal exposure to specialty areas and, as a result, fewer nurses are considering perioperative nursing as a career choice. The Grande Prairie Regional College Perioperative Nursing Certificate program has been developed to fill this educational need by utilizing the current Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) recommended core curriculum: Perioperative Programs for Registered Nurses.

This program includes theory content from nursing, sciences and the humanities. The focus is on individualized, patient-centered care. Using the principles of adult learning, the program is delivered using online strategies and interactive discussions. Clinical assignments are designed to provide the learner with opportunities to apply perioperative registered nursing theory to practice.

Using a unique knowledge base and utilizing the nursing process, Registered Perioperative Nurses are able to meet the individual needs of patients during the surgical experience.

The program consists of two theory courses, one skills lab and one clinical practice course. The skills labs will be offered in operating room settings under the direction of a designated instructor. The clinical practice will be accomplished through clinical placements with the assistance of preceptors.

Students wishing to enrol in this program must provide official transcripts from a basic nursing program and submit a letter from a supervisor verifying at least one year of full-time experience in nursing practice.

Additional Requirements:

•  Current certification in C.P.R. - HCP

•  Current immunization for Hepatitis B

•  Current Practice Registration with CARNA

Grande Prairie Regional College's Perioperative Nursing Certificate program is offered online through eCampusAlberta.

Follow this link to check course availability, register online and find other course details, such as tuition costs, delivery methods and contact information.

Follow the link below to visit the institution’s program page for information on admission requirements, the application process and course breakdown.


Online Certificate