Registered Nurse - Operating Room Perioperative Nursing (Postgraduate) Program (S414)

Registered Nurse - Operating Room Perioperative Nursing
Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing
Waterfront Campus
16 weeks (1 semester)
September, January
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Registered Nurse - Operating Room Perioperative nursing is a one-semester program that prepares Registered Nurses to work as an operating room nurse through two unique phases of theory and clinical practice.

Full Program Descriptions


Registered Nurse - Operating Room Perioperative nursing is a one-semester program that prepares the Registered Nurse to function as a competent team member in the perioperative operating room.

It offers unique clinical experience on a full-time basis.

The program is organized in two phases:

Phase I consists of 6 weeks (180 hours) of in-class and online theory delivery, including:

  • current ORNAC standards, principles and application
  • surgical anatomy
  • intensive study of surgical interventions and surgical technologies, including indications and complications
  • role of the circulating nurse
  • role of the scrub nurse
  • 60 lab skills hours

Phase II consists of an 8-to-10-week clinical placement. Theory and Labs must be passed in order to enter the Phase II Clinical

Students in this phase are exposed to several services such as:

  • General Surgery
  • Urology
  • Gynecology
  • Plastics
  • ENT
  • Orthopedics

Discussions and three reflective essay assignments are required. Collaborate clinical meetings are held on alternating weeks

Clinical experiences are scheduled at Greater Toronto Area hospitals, as well as outside the GTA if applicable.

Due to the limited number of clinical placements available, this program has a limited number of seats open to applicants lacking specific clinical experience. Please contact Cheryl Simpkin at 416-415-5000, ext. 2349 or email for more details before applying.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

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Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Code Course Name
NURS4045 Operating Room Nursing – Theory and Labs
NURS4046 Operating Room Nursing – Practicum

Note: Due to ongoing program improvements, courses are subject to change without notice.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Future Study Options 

Students who complete this Post-R.N. certificate program are eligible to submit the Course Curriculum Outline from the year the program was taken. Students may apply for a transfer credit toward the Post-R.N., B.Sc.N. program at Ryerson University.

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Tuition and Fees


$2,177.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semesterof the program starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates

Financial Assistance 

Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for tuition reimbursement through an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care initiative implemented through the RNAO.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • RN,Certificate of Competence, College of Nurses of Ontario without practice restrictions
  • BCLS (Heart and Stroke Foundation), HCP Level
  • lnterview - All applicants are interviewed by telephone or in person.
  • Resumé
  • Preferably 2 years surgical nursing experience in the hospital setting. No operating room experience necessary.

If taking this course as a non-sponsored student (independent student), students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

Special Requirements  

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at
  • Students must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination before entering field placement. Students who are unable to provide a clear medical examination result to the college will not be able to start their field placement and therefore will be unable to complete the program.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at

Apply To  

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Contact Us

Contact Us  

Cheryl Simpkin

Program Co-ordinator, Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2349


For more information about the college, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.