Perioperative Nursing/LPN (Part-time studies)

School of Nursing Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

If you’re a licensed practical nurse who enjoys working directly with patients in a fast-paced environment, explore Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Perioperative Nursing/LPN program. You could be a scrub nurse working directly with surgeons or a circulating nurse participating in surgical procedures and assisting anaesthetists. Our online program lets you build your professional credentials while looking after family and job responsibilities.

Perioperative Nursing/LPN is an advanced certificate program offered full-time or part-time through online distance education. Choose the full-time option to complete the program in eight months or the part-time option to complete the program in three years. You’ll learn aseptic technique and basic technical skills for working within a surgical environment.

Who Qualifies?

To enrol in the program, you must be currently licensed with the practical nurses’ licensing body in the province where you plan to do your clinical practice education. If you graduated from the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing Program prior to 2001, or if you are a graduate of another institution’s licensed practical nursing program that did not include courses in administration of oral and IM medications and catheterization, you must provide proof of completion of the following courses:

  • Administration of Medications for LPNs or equivalent
  • NURS 1601 Catheterization of equivalent
  • PHAR 1602 IM Completer course or equivalent

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Sask Polytech is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. As a student, you’ll access innovative virtual reality videos of real surgery. Our emphasis on hands-on learning ensures you have the knowledge, the skills and the confidence you need to deliver patient care in the surgical environment.

Hands-on Learning

A one week lab lets you apply the technical skills you’ve studied online. You’ll practice in a safe, supervised setting using simulations. You’ll begin your 10-week clinical practice with a four-week instructor-led clinical practicum, followed by another six weeks of preceptored clinical practice in different surgical areas, including gynecology, urology and orthopedics. Clinical placements take place in Regina and Saskatoon. Out of province clinical placements are only available through a contractual arrangement between a health care facility and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Individuals must apply directly to one of the approved clinical sites, using the Site Confirmation form. Simply submit the completed form with your application to the program, or separately by fax or email as indicated on the form. If you wish to apply to more than one clinical site, you must submit a separate application with fee.

Maintain Your Professional Credentials

When you graduate, you can apply the program's course hours toward the continuing education requirements of the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) to maintain licensure.

Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

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To graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply to the program and be admitted before taking the practicum (PRAC 189).


Anatomy Review (ANAT-266)
Perioperative Nursing Practice/LPN (CLIN-220)
Psychomotor Skills Lab (NURS-202)
Perioperative Nurse Anesthesia/LPN (NURS-214)
Surgical Environment (NURS-244)
Surgical Equipment (NURS-246)
Surgical Procedures (NURS-248)
Perioperative Nursing Process/LPN (NURS-250)