Registered Practical Nursing - Perioperative Program
(Postgraduate)
(S425)

2022-20232023-2024
  • Program Name:
    Registered Practical Nursing - Perioperative
  • Code: S425
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    1 semester (14 weeks)
  • Centre:
  • School: Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing
  • Location: Waterfront Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $3,583.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Clinical Placement

  • Fall 2022 Delivery:
    Semester 1: Hybrid
  • Winter 2023 Delivery:
    Not Available

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Overview

Program Overview

The Registered Practical Nursing – Perioperative program prepares RPNs with the foundational theoretical and technical skills needed to work within their scope of practice in a perioperative setting. This program includes a theory and clinical practicum component.

Full Description

The Registered Practical Nursing – Perioperative postgraduate program is designed to teach RPNs the skills required to work as part of a perioperative team in a perioperative setting at a beginner level. The program utilizes current perioperative nursing research and strictly adheres to the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) Standards of Practice. Students will learn operating room principles and practice considerations for all surgical specialties. This includes the study of relevant anatomy, surgical modalities, surgical instrumentation and the nursing process of caring for perioperative patients. Each student will complete a clinical practicum in an operating room with an emphasis on the scrub nurse role in various surgical specialties. 

Course Delivery 

This course will be delivered through multimodal learning and will include: 

  • synchronous and asynchronous in class and online theory 
  • lab skills and simulations 
  • a clinical practicum experience 

The program is organized in two phases. 

Phase I: Nursing Theory and Lab Skills is delivered during the first five weeks of the program. 

This includes: 

  • current ORNAC standards, principles and applications 
  • practice considerations for all surgical specialties 
  • surgical anatomy, modalities and instrumentation 
  • role of the scrub nurse 
  • clinical lab skills delivered in George Brown College's Operating Room Simulation Centre  

Phase II: Clinical Practicum includes an eight-week (320-hour) clinical placement. 

Students will consolidate operating room theory and principles at a designated hospital facility. 

This includes: 

  • development of the scrub nurse role 
  • exposure to various surgical specialties (i.e. General Surgery, Urology, Gynecology, Plastic Surgery, ENT and Orthopedic Surgery) 
  • safe and professional practice 
  • introduction to the circulating role (hospital site dependent) 

While in the clinical setting, students will participate in online discussions through live video conferences and complete clinical assignments as per the course syllabus. 

Clinical experiences are coordinated by the program coordinator at hospitals in and outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), or at the hospital where the student currently works. Sponsored (hired) students will complete their clinical placements at the hospital where they are employed. 

PLEASE NOTE: Some of our clinical or work placement partners may require students to show proof of full vaccination and PPE. For program specific requirements, please visit this page for the latest updates on COVID-19.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and attitudes:

  1. Complete all work as a member of a surgical team in a legal, ethical, competent, and professional manner to ensure best practice in client care.
  2. Contribute to the provision of nursing care to persons undergoing surgery by following the standards of practice of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC).
  3. Maintain collaborative interprofessional relationships that support operating room services.
  4. Identify and respond appropriately within the scope of practice to changes in human behaviour due to the effects of illness, stress and fatigue of an individual and/or significant others.
  5. Utilize aseptic techniques with all tasks related to surgical procedures, patient care, and other departmental functions to help prevent post-operative complications.
  6. Use and maintain instruments, special equipment, and supplies used for basic surgical procedures in order to promote a safe working environment for self and others.
  7. Utilize personal strategies to maintain, improve and promote professional competence and development within the role of operating room practical nurse.
  8. Apply theory, principles and evidence-informed practice to operating room nursing to ensure best practice in perioperative patient care, procedure delivery and patient safety.

Courses

Required Courses

Semester 1

Code Course name
NURS 4100 Operating Room Principles and Practices I
NURS 4101 Operating Room Principles and Practices II
NURS 4102 Operating Room Principles and Practices III
NURS 4103 Operating Room Principles and Practices IV
NURS 4104 Registered Practical Nurse Operating Room Practicum 

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Graduates of the Registered Practical Nursing – Perioperative postgraduate program will have the necessary skills required to work as part of a perioperative team in a perioperative setting at a beginner level.

This program offers RPNs an opportunity to specialize in perioperative nursing. In recent years, more acute care centres are adding RPN positions to their operating rooms' staffing skills mix. 

Educational Pathways

Graduates of a health sciences program who have an interest in working in long-term care facilities should consider applying to our Interprofessional Complex and Long-Term Care postgraduate certificate. This two-semester program will teach you to co-ordinate and manage an interprofessional health-care team of complex and long-term care professionals. The courses are delivered online and on-demand to accommodate working professionals. This program includes a clinical field placement component.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$3,583.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semester of the program starting in Fall 2021. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2022 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

The program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

  • RPN Certificate Of Competence, College of Nurses of Ontario, without practice restrictions
  • BCLS (Heart and Stroke Foundation) HCP level
  • current resumé
  • recommended one year of medical surgical experience (not required)

This program is open to both non-sponsored (independent) and sponsored student applicants.

 

Independent Student:

  • independent application and tuition fees
  • not hired by a clinical agency
  • a clinical placement is arranged at an affiliate hospital by the program coordinator
  • must complete the pre-placement health form requirements and VSS upon program acceptance

Sponsored Student:

  • hired by the clinical agency (prior to) applying to the program
  • program fees may or may not be covered based on hiring contract details from the clinical agency
  • clinical placement is completed at the hospital student is employed

 

If you would like more information about sponsorship to this program and how to meet the admission requirements please contact nursing@georgebrown.ca.

 

This program is open to domestic applicants only.

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 webpage (georgebrown.ca/preplacement).
  • Students must attend mandatory computer training at their clinical site.

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 georgebrown.ca/preplacement.

How to Apply

Domestic students apply through Ontario Colleges.

Contact Us

Contact Chelsea Durocher, Program Co-ordinator and Professor, at the George Brown College Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing at 416-415-5000, ext. 2349 or email Chelsea.Durocher@georgebrown.ca for more information.

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

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Registered Practical Nursing - Perioperative Program (S425)

2022-20232023-2024
  • Program Name:
    Registered Practical Nursing - Perioperative
  • Code: S425
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    1 semester (14 weeks)
  • Centre:
  • School: Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing
  • Location: Waterfront Campus
  • Starting Months: February, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $3,472.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Clinical Placement

  • Spring 2022 Delivery:
    Not Running
  • Winter 2022 Delivery:
    Semester 1: Not Running

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

The Registered Practical Nursing – Perioperative program prepares RPNs with the foundational theoretical and technical skills needed to work within their scope of practice in a perioperative setting. This program includes both a theory and clinical component.

Full Description

The Registered Practical Nursing – Perioperative postgraduate program is designed to teach RPNs the skills required to work as part of a perioperative team in a perioperative setting at a beginner level. The program utilizes current perioperative nursing research and strictly adheres to the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) Standards of Practice. Students will learn operating room principles and practice considerations for all surgical specialties. This includes the study of relevant anatomy, surgical modalities, surgical instrumentation, and the nursing process of caring for perioperative patients. Each student will complete a clinical practicum in an operating room with an emphasis on the scrub nurse role in various surgical specialties.

Course Delivery

This course will be delivered through multimodal learning and will include:

  • synchronous and asynchronous in class and online theory
  • lab skills and simulations
  • a clinical practicum experience

The program is organized in two phases.

Phase I: Nursing Theory and Lab Skills is delivered during the first five weeks of the program.

This includes:

  • current ORNAC standards, principles and applications
  • practice considerations for all surgical specialties
  • surgical anatomy, modalities and instrumentation
  • role of the scrub nurse
  • clinical lab skills delivered in George Brown College's Operating Room Simulation Centre 

Phase II: Clinical Practicum includes an eight-week (320-hour) clinical placement.

Students will consolidate operating room theory and principles at a designated hospital facility.

This includes:

  • development of the scrub nurse role
  • exposure to various surgical specialties (i.e. General Surgery, Urology, Gynecology, Plastic Surgery, ENT and Orthopedic Surgery)
  • safe and professional practice
  • introduction to the circulating role (hospital site dependent)

While in the clinical setting, students will participate in online discussions through live video conferences and complete clinical assignments as per the course syllabus.

Clinical experiences are coordinated by the program coordinator at hospitals in and outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), or at the hospital where the student currently works. Sponsored (hired) students will complete their clinical placements at the hospital where they are employed.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of our clinical or work placement partners may require students to show proof of full vaccination. As such, students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may not be able to complete the required field placement component of their program in the regularly scheduled time frame. Please visit this page for the latest updates on COVID-19.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and attitudes:

  1. Complete all work as a member of a surgical team in a legal, ethical, competent, and professional manner to ensure best practice in client care.
  2. Contribute to the provision of nursing care to persons undergoing surgery by following the standards of practice of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC).
  3. Maintain collaborative interprofessional relationships that support operating room services.
  4. Identify and respond appropriately within the scope of practice to changes in human behaviour due to the effects of illness, stress, and fatigue of an individual and/or significant others.
  5. Utilize aseptic techniques with all tasks related to surgical procedures, patient care, and other departmental functions to help prevent post-operative complications.
  6. Use and maintain instruments, special equipment, and supplies used for basic surgical procedures in order to promote a safe working environment for self and others.
  7. Utilize personal strategies to maintain, improve, and promote professional competence and development within the role of operating room practical nurse.
  8. Apply theory, principles, and evidence-informed practice to operating room nursing to ensure best practice in perioperative patient care, procedure delivery, and patient safety

Courses

Required Courses

Semester 1

Code Course name
NURS 4100 Operating Room Principles and Practices I
NURS 4101 Operating Room Principles and Practices II
NURS 4102 Operating Room Principles and Practices III
NURS 4103 Operating Room Principles and Practices IV
NURS 4104 Registered Practical Nurse Operating Room Practicum 

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates of the Registered Practical Nursing – Perioperative postgraduate program will have the necessary skills required to work as part of a perioperative team in a perioperative setting at a beginner level.

Career Options

This program offers RPNs an opportunity to specialize in perioperative nursing. In recent years, more acute care centres are adding RPN positions to their operating rooms' staffing skills mix. 

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$3,472.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semester of the program starting in Fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

The program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

  • RPN Certificate Of Competence, College of Nurses of Ontario, without practice restrictions
  • BCLS (Heart and Stroke Foundation) HCP level
  • Current resume
  • One year of medical surgical experience recommended (not required)
  • Only sponsored applicants are eligible to apply to this program

If you would like more information about sponsorship to this program and how to meet the admission requirements please contact nursing@georgebrown.ca.

This program is open to domestic applicants only.

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 webpage (georgebrown.ca/preplacement).
  • Students must attend mandatory computer training at their clinical site.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Domestic students apply through Ontario Colleges.

Contact Us

Contact Chelsea Durocher, program coordinator and professor, at the George Brown College Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing at 416-415-5000, ext. 2349 or email Chelsea.Durocher@georgebrown.ca for more information.

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

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.