Program Opportunities for Perioperative Registered Nurses


Enhanced Perioperative Nursing Practice- Registered Nurse Anesthetic Assistant (RNAA)

The RNAA provides assistance to the anesthesiologist to facilitate quality care of patients undergoing anesthetic procedures. The increasing complexity of anesthesia provides the perioperative Registered Nurse who has enhanced perioperative education with the opportunity to collaborate with the anesthesiologist in clinical, technological, and administrative aspects of anesthetic care during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of anesthesia.

Anesthesia Assistant Programs in Canada (2020)

There are currently 3 programs offered in Canada that provide the academic education and clinical experience required to function as an Anesthesia Assistant.

British Columbia                  Cariboo College/Thompson River University
Ontario                                  Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences     Fanshawe College


 Global Surgical Care

Post Graduate Degree:  The Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) is designed to prepare surgical care professionals from many disciplines to address surgical challenges and contribute to solutions in low-resource settings globally. The Master’s Degree is a two-year, 30-credit specialized program. This program is offered through the University of British Columbia.

Post Graduate Certificate:  The Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) is designed to meet the growing need for professional development of students interested in focusing on the global health problem of the burden of unmet surgical care. The Certificate is comprised of four graduate level online courses. This certificate is offered through the University of British Columbia.

For more information on these exciting opportunities visit the Branch for International Surgical Care, University of British Columbia. 

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