Perioperative Nursing/RN (Part-time studies)

School of Nursing Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

Are you an RN who thrives in a high-energy environment? Do you enjoy life-long learning? Are you interested in becoming a leader of collaborative patient care? Consider becoming a perioperative nurse.

Perioperative nurses care for patients undergoing surgery or invasive procedures. As part of the perioperative team, you practice as a scrub nurse and circulating nurse, collaborating with surgeons and anesthesiologists to facilitate surgical procedures.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s nationally accredited Perioperative Nursing/RN program prepares you to work in the fast-paced world of today’s OR. Best of all, our online program enhances your professional credentials while allowing you to maintain professional and personal responsibilities.

Perioperative Nursing/RN 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. Your education is based on the latest evidence-informed best practices for perioperative nursing. You’ll study the nursing process in perioperative nursing, principles and practices of aseptic technique and highly technical skills for working within a surgical environment.

Who Qualifies?

To enroll in the program, you must be currently licensed with the registered nurses’ licensing body in the province where you will be completing your clinical practice education.

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Sask Polytech is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. The Perioperative Nursing/RN program is approved by the Operating Room Nurses’ Association of Canada (ORNAC), which opens doors to jobs across the country. 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.

One-Week Skills Lab

Patient safety is the focus of a one-week skills lab. It’s an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in a supported environment, using simulations to practice hands-on skills.

10-Week Clinical Practice

Your learning experience culminates in a 10-week clinical practice. It begins 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 Lloydminster, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current. You will be able to select your preferred clinical site when you submit your application, 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.

Earn Professional Credentials

When you graduate, you’re eligible to:

  • Write the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certification exam to earn a CPN(c) designation
  • Apply for practice hours to maintain your registration with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA)
  • Earn transfer credits to post-RN degree programs at the University of Saskatchewan

Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

View Program Information

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/RN (CLIN-221)
Psychomotor Skills Lab (NURS-202)
Surgical Environment (NURS-244)
Perioperative Nursing Process/RN (NURS-245)
Surgical Equipment (NURS-246)
Perioperative Nurse Anesthesia/RN (NURS-247)
Surgical Procedures (NURS-248)