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Operating Room Nursing – RPN NEW

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Program Overview

Important Note:

Operating Room - RPN courses have been revised to reflect the current Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) Standards, Guidelines, and Position Statements for Perioperative Registered Nurses. The Operating Room - RPN certificate program will include three theory and lab based courses over a total of 6 weeks followed by a clinical placement of 6 additional weeks. As this is a competitive program, please note that an application process will be required (see details below).

Program Description:

The Operating Room Nursing certificate program is designed for registered practical nurses (RPNs) seeking to advance their practice in perioperative nursing. This certificate is based on the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) competencies for perioperative nurses, current research, and adheres to the current Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) Standards, Guidelines, and Position Statements for Perioperative Registered Nurses. Completion of the certificate includes a clinical placement where scrub skills are demonstrated at the novice level.   

Application Process

Registration in this program is restricted to CNO registered practical nurses with Acute Care work experience or prior operating room nurse work experience (international). All applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from an employer along with their updated resume. Successful candidates will be offered admission into the program through the program advisor.

Admission Requirements

  • Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
  • Resume indicating Acute Care experience
  • Verification of employment
  • Letter of Recommendation from an employer
  • Canadian Citizenship or PR status
  • Please start your application process by completing this Application Form by February 19th, 2021 for consideration into the program.


The entire program, including the clinical placement can be completed in 14 weeks.

The total cost is approximately $2,222.00 and includes the following:

  • $1,523.00 is due upon acceptance
  • $699.00 for the clinical is due before the start of the placement
  • Students are responsible to purchase all textbooks and are not included in these fees.

As this is a highly competitive program, students in the Operating Room RPN certificate are expected to complete all 3 courses within one semester. If a student is unable to continue in the program, 25% of the total program fees will be withheld. Students who are requesting a refund based on exceptional circumstances will need to apply in writing and provide supporting documentation for review.

Contact Us

Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness, Department of Continuing Education
Program Assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 4868

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