Registered Practical Nurse - Perioperative Nursing

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 1119

Please note:

Fall 2019 Registration Information

· Application opens - March 4, 2019
· Application deadline - May 10
· Review of applications May 13 - May 24
· Acceptances/waitlist information sent - May 27 - May 31
· Student must confirm acceptance by - June 21
· Mandatory information night Wed, July 10, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in room 2F26 (only for accepted students into the program)

Consolidated Practicum

It is an expectation that for successful program completion, your clinical practicum be completed by November in the same year.

About the program

Admission to this program occurs every September. The program takes 10 months to complete. Classes are mixed online and in-class delivery. In-class sessions are held on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. Detailed schedules will be provided to students at the information session in July.

This graduate certificate program will provide the RPN with the knowledge and skills to function effectively in Perioperative (Preoperative, Intraoperative and Postoperative) Nursing. In addition to theoretical knowledge, this program reinforces the technical skills required of a surgical team member. Lab days and clinical experience are integrated throughout the program. A consolidated practicum is completed at the end of the program.

NOTE: Clinical observation days occur in the first two weeks of the Program. Students must therefore have Criminal Record checks completed by the night of the first class.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 1 year of acceptance into the program.
Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.
  • This is a limited-enrolment program. Applicants are advised to submit their Program Application Form early.

Admission requirements

  • Current College of Nurses of Ontario Certificate of Registration as a Registered Practical Nurse.

Note re: admission requirements

  • 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. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Clinical placements are only available to students registered in the program and must be arranged by the Placement Office. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following:

    • A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
    • TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
    • Standard First Aid and CPR - BLS (Basic Life Support)
    • An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.

  • Applicants are advised that a latex-free environment in the College or clinical setting is NOT guaranteed.

  • Travel within the program: Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from assigned learning settings external to the College and for covering any costs incurred. The location of these learning sites could be anywhere within a one hour's drive of the Doon campus.

  • Applicants should display integrity, reliability, maturity, self-direction, self-discipline, determination, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, poise and leadership attributes.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Apply the principles of nursing assessment and therapeutic communication to perioperative (preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative) nursing with a diverse client population.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and advocate for the diverse cultural and religious needs of clients and families.
  • Determine and implement appropriate perioperative nursing interventions for the Registered Practical Nurse utilizing established CNO (College of Nurses of Ontario), ORNAC (Operating Room Nurse Association of Canada), and hospital standards/guidelines and legislation.
  • Apply specialized knowledge and skills in a variety of perioperative nursing roles for Registered Practical Nurses.
  • Use critical thinking skills to select the appropriate nursing intervention in a variety of perioperative situations.
  • Evaluate the outcomes of nursing process through the implementation of continuous quality assurance.
  • Apply current nursing and perioperative research in the provision of client care.
  • Promote the quality of nurse-client interactions through reflective practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current trends and issues related to perioperative nursing
  • Demonstrate generic skills in the areas of communication, working in a team, problem solving, critical thinking, professionalism and evaluation.

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Fall Registration: July 8, 2019
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