BCIT's in-depth, industry tailored Perioperative nursing specialty program combines innovative e-Learning with the high, quality, hands-on learning for which BCIT is known. If you are a registered nurse with an industry sponsor and want to advance your skills in perioperative nursing, our program is for you. We prepare registered nurses to work in this highly specialized area of patient care.
Working in operating rooms, perioperative nurses provide safe and compassionate care for patients undergoing surgery. In the pre-, intra-, and immediate post-operative periods, perioperative nurses are a main source of information and support for patients and their families.
Our program is for nurses who have an industry sponsor in place prior to registration. See Program Details for more information on course structure.
Interested in taking our program but don’t have an industry sponsor? Contact us to discuss your options.
This program is for registered nurses (RNs) who:
Are you an undergraduate BSN nursing student? Take our first two theory courses as part of your degree. You’ll be a step ahead in your studies if you choose to specialize in perioperative nursing after completing your BSN. See Program Entry to discover more about entry requirements and how to apply.
At BCIT, we value your work experience. If you’ve been working as a perioperative nurse, take advantage of our Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process and fast track your advanced certification education.
Our grads work in operating rooms, providing care for patients through every step of their surgery. See Graduating and Jobs for details on perioperative nursing careers.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
PLEASE NOTE - Independent (non-industry sponsored) students may not be able to complete the Advanced Certificate in Perioperative Nursing. At present the program accepts guided independent study (distance education) students, who are not sponsored by industry, into the following courses:
Enrolment into NSPO 7350: Clinical 1 and NSPO 7550: Clinical 2 is currently on hold to independent (not industry sponsored) students. PLAR for 7350 and 7550 is still available. Please contact the Program Assistant or Program Head if you have questions.
The BCIT Advanced Certificate in Perioperative Nursing prepares students to practice as novices in a variety of Perioperative settings. Students explore factors influencing Perioperative Nursing in today's changing health care environment:
Students also integrate a broad range of knowledge and skills:
To be successful in perioperative nursing, students need:
For more information on, including professional bodies that regulate perioperative nurses and nursing, please visit the following links:
We prepare perioperative RNs to be part of an integrated, interprofessional team who work together to support patients during elective and emergency surgeries. Our program is designed to meet the needs of students who are sponsored by health authorities. We are known for preparing students to succeed in perioperative nursing.
Apply your skills to your existing career or transition to the field of perioperative nursing. Most careers begin with entry-level positions in hospitals. Salaries start at $32 per hour. Opportunities include:
Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Bachelor of Science, Specialty Nursing degree.
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