Post-RN Online Certificate Program
|Nursing Education & Health Studies|
education program has been approved by the Operating
Room Nurses Association of Canada (www.ornac.ca.)
Registered nursing programs may only provide students with minimal exposure to specialty areas and, as a result, fewer nurses are considering perioperative nursing as a career choice. The Grande Prairie Regional College Perioperative Nursing Certificate program has been developed to fill this educational need by utilizing the current Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) recommended core curriculum: Perioperative Programs for Registered Nurses.
This program includes theory content from nursing, sciences and the humanities. The focus is on individualized, patient-centered care. Using the principles of adult learning, the program is delivered by using online strategies and interactive discussions. Clinical assignments are designed to provide the learner with opportunities to apply perioperative registered nursing theory to practice.
Using a unique knowledge base and utilizing the nursing process, Perioperative Registered Nurses are able to meet the individual needs of patients during the surgical experience.
Through four core courses, this program will prepare the registered nurse to function in the perioperative environment at the advanced beginner level; that is, as a registered nurse who can demonstrate acceptable performance with the support of an experienced mentor. The program consists of two theory courses, one skills lab and one clinical practice course. The skills labs will be offered in operating room settings under the direction of a designated instructor. The clinical practice will be accomplished through clinical placements with the assistance of preceptors.
|Start Date||End Date||Final Exam
|1st intake||Aug. 31/11||Sep. 6/11||Mar. 30/12||
|2nd intake||Dec 31/11||Jan. 4/12||June 29/12||
**Final exams for these courses are incorporated in the course. Please refer to Course Outlines for details.
Students wishing to
enrol in this program must provide official transcripts
from a basic nursing program. Preferably one year
full-time experience in registered nursing practice or
approval of the Chair of GPRC Department of Nursing
Education and Health Studies. (Submit letter from
current supervisor verifying at least one year's
experience or submit letter of recommendation in lieu of
one year nursing experience).
Current certification in C.P.R. - HCP
Current immunization for Hepatitis B
Current Practice Registration with CARNA or the provincial or territorial jurisdiction where you currently practice as a Registered Nurse.
The College Policy on Advanced Standing may be applied to this program. Students with perioperative nursing practice experience may have an opportunity to be given credit for OR 4020 using Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition and/or the clinical component(s) of OR 4040. Challenges will be restricted to skills lab and the clinical component of practicum as students are expected to complete all academic components of the program. Discuss with Instructor.
Post-RN Certificate in Perioperative Nursing - Course Listings
Curriculum: 24 credits
OR4010 (7) Perioperative Nursing Theory***
OR4020 (2) Nursing Skills Lab*
OR4030 (5) Perioperative Nursing and Surgical Interventions***
OR4040 (10) Clinical Practicum**
*Students will be required to attend 32 hours of skills lab in Grande Prairie.
**Students wanting to do practicum outside of Alberta will be required to arrange their own clinical placement at a site that meets with the course objectives. Information on this process will be sent to students upon registration.
***Online courses. Full-time study recommended.
Academic Progression Criteria
A grade of B is the
minimum passing grade. Students must complete both
theory and practice components of nursing courses to
Students may be required to write a theory exam if clinical commencement date is more than thirty (30) days past the theory completion date.
A student, who is absent for more than two clinical days, may need to make up the lost time before being allowed to continue or complete the program. Absences from the clinical site may result in the instructor being unable to evaluate the student’s clinical performance. If clinical performance cannot be evaluated, a failing grade may be assigned in the course.
This program must be completed within one year of the program start date.
Availability of the program is dependent upon student registration numbers. Prospective students are advised to contact the Department of Nursing Education and Health Studies at Grande Prairie Regional College before applying for the program.