This one-year certificate program – approved by the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) – builds on your nursing experience and knowledge, preparing you for a career in the operating room.
Through a curriculum that balances theory and practical learning, you’ll develop a comprehensive grounding in providing patient care in surgical facilities, gain knowledge in clinical standards and understand the fundamentals of being a perioperative professional.
We’ll ensure you have the hands-on training vital to your perioperative career through various opportunities that will test your skills in clinical environments. And you’ll follow all that up with a practicum, marking your entry in this crucial field before you even graduate.
Think you’re cut out for the operating room? Then apply to the Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing program today!
When you finish the Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing program, you’ll be prepared to provide patient-centred care in any facility performing surgical intervention, including:
- operating rooms
- health care facilities
- surgical areas
- day surgery
- day procedures
- patient recovery
- Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
- International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018
For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.
Important note: All courses in Term II are completed sequentially in a full-time, face-to-face, off-campus environment at a local or rural medical facility. PEN 3396, PEN 3393 and PEN 3394 combined equal a minimum of 44 eight-hour shifts.
Contact the program chair prior to or upon acceptance if you would like alternate practicum placements considered.
The following courses are also available through online learning:
- PEN-3390 Prof/Clinical Standards of Periop. Nsg
- PEN-3395 Standards of the Scrub and Circulating Role
Important note: All courses in Term II are completed sequentially in a full-time, face-to-face, off-campus environment at a local or rural medical facility. PEN 3396, PEN 3393 and PEN 3394 combined equal a minimum of 44 eight-hour shifts. Contact the program chair prior to or upon acceptance if you would like alternate practicum placements considered.
New students are accepted into the Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing program for the Fall (September) term. Additional intakes may be offered throughout the calendar year, please contact the program chair for more information.
General admission requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.
The following must be completed prior to start of the program:
- Proof of Active License to practice as a Registered Nurse in Alberta as granted by CARNA
Practice-based experience (PBE) requirements
This program has a required practice-based experience (PBE) component. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.
Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies.
These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).
As a post-secondary health care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs”, all Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each healthcare student at the time of initial enrollment and to ensure all healthcare students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There is an administrative fee for this assessment and vaccinations required to become fully immunized.
Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances, for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.
PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBE’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.
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- Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
- International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
- Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
Excellence in perioperative education
Our program is one of the few post-RN perioperative programs approved by the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada.
When you take our perioperative nursing program, you can be assured that you’re getting a quality education. We are among the few institutions across all of Canada that have a post-RN perioperative program approved by the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC). This national organization is dedicated to and recognizes excellence in perioperative education.
What does ORNAC approval mean for you? Well, it means:
- your education will be relevant, up-to-date and focused on the latest industry standards
- employers will know that you’ve been trained in a high-quality program