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Advanced Practice in the Aseptic Environment NSPO 1120

Nursing Specialty Perioperative Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This badge is the second badge for the Sterile Field and the Aseptic Environment (SFAE) microcredential. The badge builds on the foundation of an aseptic environment presented in NSPO 1110. The focus is on developing knowledge of sterility and aseptic techniques for clients inside an operating room where invasive procedures are performed. Learners will continue advancing their knowledge around concepts of sterility and asepsis to keep clients safe from the risk of infection by introducing surgical zones and attire that is required within semi-restricted and restricted zones. In addition, learners will examine roles and best practices to maintain a safe and supportive perioperative environment for clients and team members. The badge concludes with a final quiz to allow an opportunity for learners to apply the badge concepts in a virtual simulated scenario. Following successful completion, learners can advance to NSPO 1130, where they will develop knowledge of safe client care in an ambulatory type setting from a nursing lens. ​


  • S in NSPO 1110
  • Employed in a health or healthcare-related field (i.e. medical representatives, RNs, LPNs, care aids, medical radiography technicians, lab techs) or by special approval from the program.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below is one offering of NSPO 1120 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 69478


Start any time

  • 4 weeks
  • CRN 69478
  • Domestic fees $299.44
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online

This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 4 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.


Valerie Johnson

Course outline


Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  3. Please contact the program assistant for more information at

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the common sources of contamination in the perioperative environment (semi-restricted and restricted zones).
  • Explain the rationale for the recommended dress code for personnel in restricted access areas.
  • Explain the principles of asepsis related to maintaining environmental control.
  • Discuss how surgical conscience contributes to the prevention of infections.
  • Identify the methods for sterilizing, storing, transporting, and dispensing sterile items.
  • Explain the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and identify the potential hazards for self and others.
  • Apply routine practices in a virtual operating room setting.

Effective as of Winter 2024

Related Programs

Advanced Practice in the Aseptic Environment (NSPO 1120) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

School of Health Sciences

  1. Sterile Field and the Aseptic Environment
    Microcredential Part-time


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