Campus: Sault Ste. Marie
Program Code: 3057


Perioperative nursing is a nursing specialty in which nurses work with patients who are having operative or other invasive procedures. Perioperative nurses work closely with surgeons, anaesthesiologists, surgical technologists, and nurse practitioners in a variety of perioperative settings, which can include hospital and non-hospital surgical suites, interventional radiology rooms, and ambulatory care clinics. This program will support Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) in building the necessary knowledge and expertise to care for clients in perioperative settings. The program includes four theory courses designed to provide a theoretical knowledge base in perioperative nursing, followed by a field placement where students will apply the concepts learned throughout the program.

Requirements & Program Information

Entrance and Certificate Requirements:

  • Current College of Nurses of Ontario Certificate of Registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse.
  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency such as IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0, or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
  • Students must successfully complete all courses within 5 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate.
  • Students must obtain a G.P.A. of 2.0 or 60% or higher to obtain this certificate.


Upon successful completion of the online Perioperative Nursing certificate program, students will obtain a Sault College certificate.

Clinical/Lab and Field Placement Requirements

Sault College`s priority will always be to try to find a suitable Field Placement in your home community.

To be able to attend these practicum experiences, you`ll need to complete the requirements listed below and bring in documents to support completion prior to starting your practicum placement. This is necessary to have in place before practicum starts as planning begins several weeks in advance. Having your requirements completed ensures that you are able to gain the experience needed to meet the course outcomes successfully.

1. Standard 1st Aid Certificate (current within 3 years)

2. CPR (Health Care Provider or Basic Life Support Level) Certificate (yearly recertification required)

3. WHMIS Certificate (current within one year)

4. N95 Mask Fit Testing Card (renew every 2 years). Successful mask fit testing requires a clean shaven face (minimal facial hair) to administer the test.

5. Immunization & Health Record

  • A complete College Health Form along with official immunization documentation must be submitted it to the College Health Centre. Contact your health care provider, medical clinic or in Sault Ste. Marie and District, Algoma Public Health if you need to update your immunization record.

Documentation of the following is required:

  • proof of a 2-step Mantoux test for tuberculosis. For a known positive test, you must be assessed by a physician and receive medical documentation to have access to placement (a chest x-ray is required). If a 2-step was completed over a year ago; a 1 step TB test is required.
  • proof of measles, mumps and rubella immunization
  • proof of tetanus/diphtheria immunization
  • proof of chicken pox immunization
  • Influenza immunization each October/November of the program. The flu vaccine is not mandatory however in the event that a student refuses the vaccine, the student must follow placement agency policies. This may mean removal from clinical placement for the duration of an influenza outbreak. Students can contact their coordinator if they have any questions.
  • NOTE: Hepatitis B vaccination is not mandatory but strongly recommended.
  • successful completion of all four theory courses
  • Proof of current and valid RN or RPN registration

Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search

  • This document is mandatory for agencies to grant access to vulnerable persons. You will be given detailed information about obtaining a current Criminal Record Check during the first month of classes or when clinical placements are confirmed. (Note: If a criminal record exists or charges are pending, you are required to disclose this information to the Chair of the Health Programs before the start of your program.)
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search is a yearly requirement that must be updated annually.

All costs associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student.

You will also sign a Statement of Confidentiality Form.

For further information regarding clinical and field placement requirements for this program, please email continuingeducation@saultcollege.ca.

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