Registered Practical Nurse - Operating Room

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (6 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 0897X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

If you are a registered practical nurse and desire to work in a dynamic and challenging speciality, this Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides you with the theoretical knowledge and technical skills required to work in a perioperative setting. Students learn operating room practices, techniques and procedures that ensure safe patient care.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within two years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for nurses who:

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Are detail-oriented, organized and committed to achieving excellence in their work.
  • Can be self directed but are also comfortable working in a team.
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Are critical thinkers.

Your Career

Nurses who complete this Ontario College Graduate Certificate program may find employment in hospital operating rooms or surgicentres.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

There is a fee for a Police Records Check which is payable at your local Police Department.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Prior to entry into the program, students are required to complete an Operating Room Application. Once this has been received, the student is assessed for eligibility into the program.

Obtain an application form, and return it to:

School of Health and Community Studies
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room C230
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
attention: Admission Officer, RPN- Operating Room Program
Tel: 613-727-4723 ext. 5091

Applications are acknowledged when received and admission status will be sent to the applicant.

  • Proof of current Registration as a with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse.
  • Nurses with a minimum of one year of acute care clinical nursing experience (1,750 hours) within the last year will have preferred status.
  • New graduates will be accepted on an individual basis.
  • Prior to clinical experience, students are required to complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or an Immunization Form.
  • A Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector must be completed and on file prior to the clinical experience and proof of current Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer "C" Level Training.
POLICE RECORDS CHECK DOCUMENTATION

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Registered Practical Nurse - Operating Room program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Chair.

Program Eligibility

Prior to entry into the program, students are required to complete an Operating Room Application. Once this has been received, the student is assessed for eligibility into the program.

Obtain an application form and return it to:

School of Health and Community Studies
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room C230
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
attention: Admission Officer, RPN- Operating Room Program
Tel: 613-727-4723 ext. 7776.

Applications are acknowledged when received and admission status will be sent to the applicant.

  • Proof of current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse.
  • Nurses with a minimum of one year of acute care clinical nursing experience (1,750 hours) within the last year will have preferred status.
  • New graduates will be accepted on an individual basis.
  • Prior to clinical experience, students are required to complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or an Immunization Form.
  • A Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector must be completed and on file prior to the clinical experience and proof of current Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer "C" Level Training.
POLICE RECORDS CHECK DOCUMENTATION

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Registered Practical Nurse - Operating Room program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Chair.

Notes

Graduate certificate programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, via videoconference, entirely online or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each part-time student is provided an Algonquin College email account, ITS username and password which is used to communicate important information about the program or course events. Please activate before first class.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Deb Clendinneng at clendid@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 6299.

Courses

Course
Number
HoursCourse Name
NSG677945.0Introduction to Operating Room for RPN

NSG6779 Introduction to Operating Room for RPN

Students learn perioperative nursing models, standards of practice and the development of perioperative patient care plans. Introduction to the operating room suites includes environmental and health and safety features and the roles of the surgical team members. Students are introduced to surgical instrumentation, principles of infection control and asepsis. Principles for setting up and working in an aseptic environment are explained.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG678645.0Perioperative Patient Care for RPN

NSG6786 Perioperative Patient Care for RPN

Students learn the aspects of patient care involved in perioperative care plans that include pre-operative assessment and intraoperative planning for surgical intervention. Students are introduced to safe, responsible practices of equipment, supply handling and the role of the perioperative nurse in assisting with anaesthesia. Implementation and documentation of care are discussed. Anaesthetic agents, medications, monitoring, intubation, and types of anaesthetic interventions and complications are reviewed, as well as patient hand-off in the immediate post-operative period.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG678545.0Surgical Procedures for RPN

NSG6785 Surgical Procedures for RPN

Students review surgical anatomy in order to better understand diagnostic and surgical procedures. Select surgical procedures and instrumentation from each specialty are covered. Students integrate planning the surgical procedure into perioperative nursing care plans.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG676045.0Operating Room Lab Practice

NSG6760 Operating Room Lab Practice

Skills and techniques for the scrub and circulating roles are demonstrated and practised during this lab experience. Participants have realistic hands-on experiences using operating room equipment and surgical instruments in the simulated lab environment. Skills are integrated into the performance of basic surgical procedures. Teamwork and interprofessional communication are emphasized during simulations.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG010150.0Registered Practical Nurse Operating Room Clinical I

NSG0101 Registered Practical Nurse Operating Room Clinical I

Preceptored clinical practice provides the opportunity for integration and consolidation of the theory and principles of operating room nursing in the hospital setting. The student is evaluated according to the clinical objectives. The student is considered a member of the nursing team and is accountable to the staff for the nursing care they provide. Emphasis is on the scrub nurse's role as a member of the surgical team.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG0102100.0Registered Practical Nurse Operating Room Clinical II

NSG0102 Registered Practical Nurse Operating Room Clinical II

Preceptored clinical practice provides the opportunity for integration and consolidation of the theory and principles of operating room nursing in the hospital setting. The student is evaluated according to the clinical objectives. The student is considered a member of the nursing team and is accountable to the staff for the nursing care they provide. Emphasis is on the scrub nurse's role as a member of the surgical team.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NSG6779 Introduction to Operating Room for RPN

Students learn perioperative nursing models, standards of practice and the development of perioperative patient care plans. Introduction to the operating room suites includes environmental and health and safety features and the roles of the surgical team members. Students are introduced to surgical instrumentation, principles of infection control and asepsis. Principles for setting up and working in an aseptic environment are explained.

NSG6786 Perioperative Patient Care for RPN

Students learn the aspects of patient care involved in perioperative care plans that include pre-operative assessment and intraoperative planning for surgical intervention. Students are introduced to safe, responsible practices of equipment, supply handling and the role of the perioperative nurse in assisting with anaesthesia. Implementation and documentation of care are discussed. Anaesthetic agents, medications, monitoring, intubation, and types of anaesthetic interventions and complications are reviewed, as well as patient hand-off in the immediate post-operative period.

NSG6785 Surgical Procedures for RPN

Students review surgical anatomy in order to better understand diagnostic and surgical procedures. Select surgical procedures and instrumentation from each specialty are covered. Students integrate planning the surgical procedure into perioperative nursing care plans.

NSG6760 Operating Room Lab Practice

Skills and techniques for the scrub and circulating roles are demonstrated and practised during this lab experience. Participants have realistic hands-on experiences using operating room equipment and surgical instruments in the simulated lab environment. Skills are integrated into the performance of basic surgical procedures. Teamwork and interprofessional communication are emphasized during simulations.

NSG0101 Registered Practical Nurse Operating Room Clinical I

Preceptored clinical practice provides the opportunity for integration and consolidation of the theory and principles of operating room nursing in the hospital setting. The student is evaluated according to the clinical objectives. The student is considered a member of the nursing team and is accountable to the staff for the nursing care they provide. Emphasis is on the scrub nurse's role as a member of the surgical team.

NSG0102 Registered Practical Nurse Operating Room Clinical II

Preceptored clinical practice provides the opportunity for integration and consolidation of the theory and principles of operating room nursing in the hospital setting. The student is evaluated according to the clinical objectives. The student is considered a member of the nursing team and is accountable to the staff for the nursing care they provide. Emphasis is on the scrub nurse's role as a member of the surgical team.