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Perioperative Nursing Specialty

Advanced Certificate Part-time/Distance & Online Learning

Overview

Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

PLEASE NOTE – Independent students not sponsored by industry are eligible to take only the following courses:

NSPO 7350: Clinical 1 and NSPO 7550: Clinical 2 are not available to independent, non-sponsored students; you must be sponsored by industry to take these courses. Industry sponsorship means that a health authority pays your tuition, and provides a site, instructor and preceptor support; clinical courses are instructor-supported preceptorships.

PLAR for 7350, 7550, and 7750 is available for perioperative registered nurses with at least two years of full-time experience in Canadian operating rooms (scrub and circulating roles) or equivalent.

To be absolutely clear: completion of the full Advanced Certificate is not available to independent students. Contact the Program Assistant or Program Head if you have questions.

 

Please note:
To all students enrolled in NSPO 7251 and NSPO 7451 – this is a pilot program which serves primarily BC industry-sponsored Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Upon successful completion of the pilot program, all students will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Periop 101: A Core Curriculum. RN students will also receive a BCIT Advanced Certificate for Perioperative Specialty.

 

Entrance Requirements

 

PLEASE NOTE – Independent students not sponsored by industry are eligible to take only the following courses:

NSPO 7100: Theory 1
NSPO 7250: Theory 2
NSPO 7450: Theory 3 (at discretion of Program Head)

NSPO 7350: Clinical 1 and NSPO 7550: Clinical 2 are not available to independent, non-sponsored students; you must be sponsored by industry to take these courses. Industry sponsorship means that a health authority pays your tuition, and provides a site, instructor and preceptor support; clinical courses are instructor-supported preceptorships.

PLAR for 7350, 7550 and 7750 is available for perioperative registered nurses with at least two years of full-time experience in Canadian operating rooms (scrub and circulating roles) or equivalent.

Please be clear about this- completion of the full Advanced Certificate is not available to independent students. Contact the Program Assistant or Program Head if you have questions.

Costs & Supplies

Face respirator fit testing – approx $25 per year; annual re-fitting required.

Courses

PLEASE NOTE – Independent students not sponsored by industry are eligible to take only the following courses:

NSPO 7100: Theory 1
NSPO 7250: Theory 2
NSPO 7450: Theory 3 (at discretion of Program Head)

NSPO 7350: Clinical 1 and NSPO 7550: Clinical 2 are not available to independent, non-sponsored students; you must be sponsored by industry to take these courses. Industry sponsorship means that a health authority pays your tuition, and provides a site, instructor and preceptor support; clinical courses are instructor-supported preceptorships.

PLAR for 7350, 7550 and 7750 is available for perioperative registered nurses with at least two years of full-time experience in Canadian operating rooms (scrub and circulating roles) or equivalent.

Please be clear about this- completion of the full Advanced Certificate is not available to independent students. Contact the Program Assistant or Program Head if you have questions.

Program Details

PLEASE NOTE – Independent students not sponsored by industry are eligible to take only the following courses:

NSPO 7100: Theory 1
NSPO 7250: Theory 2
NSPO 7450: Theory 3 (at discretion of Program Head)

NSPO 7350: Clinical 1 and NSPO 7550: Clinical 2 are not available to independent, non-sponsored students; you must be sponsored by industry to take these courses. Industry sponsorship means that a health authority pays your tuition, and provides a site, instructor and preceptor support; clinical courses are instructor-supported preceptorships.

PLAR for 7350, 7550 and 7750 is available for perioperative registered nurses with at least two years of full-time experience in Canadian operating rooms (scrub and circulating roles) or equivalent.

Please be clear about this- completion of the full Advanced Certificate is not available to independent students. 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:

  • Increasing numbers of same-day surgeries
  • Increased levels of acuity and complexity of patients
  • Development of minimally invasive surgical techniques and procedures
  • Rapid introduction and evolution of new technologies, equipment and techniques
  • Reduced health-care resources
  • Opportunities for Perioperative nurses to take expanded roles
  • Population and work-force changes

Students also integrate a broad range of knowledge and skills:

  • Preparing, managing and monitoring the work environment to minimize risks and provide comfort for diverse patient populations
  • Working efficiently, effectively and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary perioperative team
  • Assessing the needs and personalizing the care of individuals throughout the phases of their perioperative experiences
  • Managing complex technology and competently performing diverse perioperative care activities
  • Relating competently in a diverse range of interpersonal interactions with individuals and groups
  • Managing change in a fast-paced, highly technical work setting

To be successful in perioperative nursing, students need:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-direction, energy, and initiative
  • Ability to work in a close-knit team
  • Flexibility in managing rapidly-changing patient situations
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Tolerance for a climate of constant change, fast-paced activities, and diverse responsibilities
  • Physical stamina and the ability to stand for extended lengths of time

For more information on, including professional bodies that regulate perioperative nurses and nursing, please visit the following links:

  • Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is the US professional organization of perioperative registered nurses supporting registered nurses in achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures.
  • Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has the mission of advancing the quality of nursing in the interest of the public. Toward this end, it promotes high standards of practice, education, research and administration. The CNA is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations representing more than 115,000 registered nurses.
  • Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health.
  • Ministry of Health Services (MHS) is responsible for renewing the healthcare system, developing innovative solutions and putting a priority on meeting patients’ needs.
  • Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) is an organization of Registered Nurses dedicated to promoting and advancing excellence in perioperative patient care as well as the professional and personal enhancement of operating room nurses.
  • British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) is the professional organization of all registered nurses and licensed graduate nurses in the province. Everyone wishing to practice as a Registered Nurse in British Columbia must be a member of the Association. Founded in 1912, BCCNP’s mandate is to serve and protect the public.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

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.

Career opportunities

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:

  • Work with patients ranging from infants to the elderly
  • Provide care for patients undergoing a variety of surgeries
  • Work in rural and tertiary care facilities, in acute or ambulatory care settings

Keep learning

Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Bachelor of Science, Specialty Nursing degree.

Beginning in 2018, BCIT Specialty Nursing Advanced Certificate Graduates can apply to receive transfer credits towards the online, two-year UVIC Master of Nursing program. Applicants can chose from the Advanced Practice Leadership of Nurse Educator options.

Health Match BC

Health Match BC is a new service that helps recent specialty nursing graduates find work within BC. Funded by the provincial government, Health Match BC prioritizes the hiring of BC nursing graduates. For more information, download the Health Match BC [PDF].

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Cindy Chiang
Program Head
tchiang21@bcit.ca
604-451-6706
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 6706

Stephanie Strong
Program Assistant
sstrong4@bcit.ca
604-432-8875
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 8875

Contact Us

Stephanie Strong
Program Assistant
sstrong4@bcit.ca
604-432-8875
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 8875

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