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Length of Study

Up to 3 years

Study Options


Credential Granted

Post-diploma Certificate


Fall term (September)
Winter term (January)

Are you a Registered Nurse (RN) who is looking to expand your skills in a challenging new direction? Perioperative nursing could be your next step.

The Program

The Perioperative Nursing for Registered Nurses program is designed for Registered Nurses (RNs) who are interested in pursuing a career in surgical nursing. Nurses in the perioperative field provide care and support to patients before, during and after surgery. RNs are responsible for maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room, monitoring the patient during surgery and coordinating care throughout the process.

Distance Delivery

Online distance delivery and in-person labs provide RNs with the hands-on skills required to work alongside surgeons and other health care professionals in a challenging, fast-paced, and team-oriented environment – the operating room.

Upon successful completion of the program and fulfillment of the clinical hours, nurses are eligible to write the Canadian Nurses Association Certification for Nursing Specialties exam in Perioperative Nursing.

A variety of other special purpose training for nurses is offered through the Centre for Professional Nursing Education (CPNE).