Notice to Current Programs ( all inquires should be sent to

ORNAC is currently in the process of revising the approval and renewal guidelines for Perioperative Programs.  We anticipate this information to be updated within the next few months.  However, in order to allow ample time for all programs to renew under the new guidelines, we are providing all currently approved programs with a one-year extension. For those up for renewal, we will advise you when the information on the new renewal process has been updated.  For now, no further action is required and there is no need to resubmit for your renewal until one year from your date of renewal.
Thank-you for participating in the Perioperative Program review and for your efforts in continuing to grow the next generation of perioperative nurses.
Program  Current Expiry 1yr Extension 
George Brown College Feb-20 Feb-21
AHS - Foothills Medical Centre May-19 May-20
Grande Prairie Regional College Dec-20 Dec-21
MacEwan University Apr-19 Apr-20
Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre Apr-20 Apr-21
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Dec-20 Dec-21

ORNAC is not currently accepting any new applications for Perioperative Program approvals as the approval process is being revised. Once revised, the application process will be posted here.

ORNAC Post RN Approval Guidelines and Forms

These guidelines are currently under review by the Education Committee and may be subject to change without notice.

Current Application Fees: TBD
All applications must be submitted in duplicate (2 copies).

ORNAC Post RN Approval Guidelines and Forms

Submit your application or renewal

  • Please submit your application and documents to the ORNAC Education Director, via email, to
  • Please pay the invoice when received via PAYPAL (PAYPAL will accept credit cards) .


Note:  ORNAC’s Approval Process for Perioperative Programs is available only for those educational programs offering post-basic education for Registered Nurses.  Programs offering perioperative education to other health care providers or to both Registered Nurses and others within the same program will NOT be evaluated or approved by ORNAC.

ORNAC Approved Programs

George Brown College

George Brown College
Registered Nurse (RN) Perioperative Nursing Program

Approval Expires Feb 2020
Contact Chelsea Durocher

51 Dockside Drive
PO Box 1015, Station B
Toronto, ON M5T 2T9


This Full Time 14- 16 week (hybrid) Perioperative Certificate course is delivered fully in-class/or partially on-line. The course is open to experienced registered and novice nurses registered within their provincial affiliate to be eligible.

The program is grounded by and reflects the national competencies outlined in the current Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) Standards.

One line theory modules, direct and online lectures provide students with continued support throughout the theory and clinical component of the course. Thirteen (13) Lab days in a state of the art simulation lab provide the Lab skill aspect of the course. On completion of this course students have the perioperative framework and are ready to start orientating as a novice perioperative course into the perioperative setting.

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Foothills Medical Centre
Post-Graduate Perioperative Program

Approval Expires May 2019
Contact Lucia Pfeuti, RN, BN, CPN(c)
Ruth Morrison, RN, BN, CPN(c) Clinical Nurse Educators – FMC Operating Room
Address Foothills Medical Centre
1403 29th Street NW
Calgary, AB T2N 2T9
Phone 403-944-1254
Fax 403-944-6424

The program is committed towards the promotion of the perioperative nursing profession. It is open to both novice and experienced Registered Nurses who have current licensure with the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). The program spans across 14 weeks consisting of full time hours from Monday – Friday. Four weeks are dedicated to the didactic content covering theory; approach includes lectures, skills labs, and self-study modules. The final 10 weeks focuses on application of knowledge within a clinical practicum. The student pairs with a preceptor to provide support while learning clinical application of theory and knowledge; this takes place at Foothills Medical Center. Upon completion of the program, the Registered Nurse will be an independent practitioner who will be able to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skill required to provide safe patient care in all perioperative phases at an entry to practice level. Educational opportunities are posted on the Alberta Health Services website:


Grande Prairie Regional College
Perioperative Registered Nurse Certificate Program

Approval Expires December 2020
Contact Kathy Weber, Administrative Assistant, GPRC Dept. of Nursing and Health Studies
Address 10726-106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB  T8V 4C4
Phone 780-539-2753
1-888-539-4772 (GPRC) ext. 2753 Toll-free

Length of Program: 6 months
Program consists of four courses. Two theory courses offered through innovative distance learning (asynchronous and synchronous online delivery). Skills lab course- held in Grande Prairie (skills lab site may vary); Clinical practicum course –clinical sites throughout Canada. Clinical practicum supported by instructor and preceptor. Full time study recommended.

Entrance Requirements:

  • 1 year recent registered nursing experience or letter of recommendation,
  • Current registered nurse practice permit in the province or territory where you will participate in clinical practicum
  • Health & Safety requirements - Police Information Check, current CPR and N95 mask fit test, and immunization status/requirements.

For more information visit GPRC perioperative RN certificate program homepage

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MacEwan Centre for Professional Nursing Education
Perioperative Nursing for Registered Nurses Post-Diploma Certificate

Approval Expires Apr 2019
Contact Centre for Professional Nursing Education
Address Room 9-206, Robbins Health Learning Centre
PO Box 1796
Edmonton, AB T5J 2P2
Phone 1-888-497-9390 Toll-free
Fax 780-497-5720
Description MacEwan University's Centre for Professional Nursing Education offers a post-basic certificate in perioperative nursing for registered nurses. Offered through online distance delivery and in-person labs, this program provides RNs with the hands-on skills required to work alongside surgeons and other health-care professionals in the challenging, fast-paced and team-oriented environment of the operating room. Upon successful completion of the program and fulfillment of the clinical hours, nurses are eligible to write the Canadian Nurses Association Certification for Nursing Specialties exam in Perioperative Nursing.

Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre (RNPDC)
Perioperative Nursing Program for Registered Nurses

Approval Expires April 2020

1276 South Park Street
Bethune Building, Room 231
Halifax, NS  B3H 2Y9

Contact: Elizabeth Bishop, RNPDC Administrative Assistant

E-mail 902-473-6660
Phone 902-473-7590

The RNPDC performance based Perioperative Nursing Program for Registered Nurses prepare RNs for professional practice in the Operating Room. This program is offered in two formats: Full-time onsite option or Part-time distance option (asynchronous and synchronous online delivery). Both full-time and part-time programs consist of a knowledge (theory) component, a skill development component, and a preceptor-led clinical learning experience.

For more information about this perioperative nursing program, please visit
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Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Perioperative Nursing RN Program

Approval Expires December 2020
Contact Melanie Hladun, Administrative Assistant
Address Email only
Phone 306-775-7575
1-866-467-4278 ext 7575
Fax na

As an emerging member of Polytechnics Canada, the Perioperative Nursing RN Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST) offers high-quality, job focused education for nurses seeking to practice in a perioperative setting.

  • Flexible online learning (delivered over approx. 5 months)
  • Innovative teaching - mobile app
  • Continuing to work while you study
  • Accessible and personalized instruction
  • Hands-on learning
  • High-tech simulation learning
  • Industry endorsed programming
  • Three intakes per year
  • Transfer credit to both the University of Saskatchewan and Athabasca University

You will consolidate your learning through the following phases:

  • One week of intensive simulation based learning (30 lab hours)
  • Four weeks of supervised clinical led by a faculty member (160 hours)
  • Six weeks of preceptoring with experts in surgical specialty areas (240 hours)
  • *400 total hours of clinical practice education

All phases of your learning are monitored and supported by a faculty member committed to your success. While the program's clinical practice education is primarily offered in Saskatchewan, contract based education can be tailored (i.e. start dates) to suit the needs of partnering organizations. Entrance requirements: Licensed with the registered nurses licensing body in the province where you will participate in the clinical experience. For more information about this advanced certificate or the opportunity to collaborate in providing perioperative nursing education please visit

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