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Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing

Operate your future

You’re a registered nurse who wants to extend your skills and knowledge to be a key component in the operating room. We can help with the Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing program. Our credential will get you on the fast track to an exciting career working in the core of the action, healing the sick and saving lives. You’ll receive a comprehensive grounding on providing patient care in surgical facilities, using the perfect mixture of theory and practical learning. You’ll be ready to mark your entry in this crucial field before you know it.

Our Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing program is ORNAC (Operating room Nurses Association of Canada) approved.

Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing is right for you if you have:

  • an active licence from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) to practise as a registered nurse in Alberta
  • excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • good motor co-ordination and manual dexterity
  • an ability to work under pressure and pay close attention to details
  • good organizational, communication and teamwork skills

Accept the challenge

You’ll also understand the fundamentals to being a perioperative professional, gaining knowledge in clinical standards and more. We’ll give you the opportunity to test your skills with training in a clinical environment followed by a practicum. Medical facilities across the country need you. Do you have what it takes?

Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing: At-a-Glance
Certificate in Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing

This program has a required Practice-Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.

Failure by the student to accept by way of legal contract and abide by these terms and conditions will result in non-completion of the program.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

As a post-secondary health care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs, January 1, 2015”, all Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each healthcare student at the time of initial enrollment and to ensure all healthcare students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There may be a fee for this assessment. Additional fees may apply to become fully immunized.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBE’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

Perioperative Post-Diploma Nursing - Cost Estimate
2016-17 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies*
Year 1$4,050$540$685
Year 2Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable
* International students pay a differential tuition fee but all other costs are the same as those charged domestic students, see detailed costs.
* Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
• Perioperative is delivered in such a way that student loans qualification is difficult - contact the program for assistance scheduling full-time enrolment.

Contact Us

Program Office:
• 403.320.3310
Program Administrator or Chair:
• 403.320.3202 Ext. 5449
Office of the Dean:
• 403.320.3403
Centre for Health and Wellness Placement Office:
403.320.3202 Ext. 5380


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