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.
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:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. 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.
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.
When you graduate, you can apply for practice hours to maintain your registration with the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN).
Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
Perioperative nurses are in demand across Canada, thanks to evolving health care delivery models and advances in medical technology. It’s an exciting career path with a growing number of opportunities in urban and regional hospital operating rooms, ambulatory surgery centres, freestanding clinics and more.
For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services or visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.
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Some online programs include on-site labs, clinicals, practicums or work experiences. Online programs may be offered course-by-course or full-time, or both, and deliveries may change over time.
Graduates of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing Program prior to 2001 and graduates of a licensed practical nursing program that did not include administration of oral and intramuscular medications and catheterization must also provide proof of successfully completing:
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.