ORNAC Program Approval is a voluntary, peer review process which validates the program curriculum (as submitted) aligns with the ORNAC Standards, Guidelines and Position Statements for Perioperative Registered Nurses. 
ORNAC thanks all Perioperative Programs that participate in the review process for their efforts in developing the next generation of perioperative nurses.
Question or concerns may directed to education@ornac.ca 
Program  Current Expiry 1yr Extension  NOTES
George Brown College June 2024   Approved 
AHS - Foothills Medical Centre     March 2025    Approved 
MacEwan University Aug 2024   Approved
Learning Institute for Health Care Providers  July 2025    Approved 
British Columbia Institute of Technology March 2025    Approved  
Saskatchewan Polytechnic March 2025   Approved 
Humber College April 2026   Approved

ORNAC Approved Programs


George Brown College

George Brown College
Registered Nurse (RN) Perioperative Nursing Program

Approval Expires June 1, 2024
Contact Chelsea Durocher

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

Email Chelsea.Durocher@georgebrown.ca

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 March 3, 2025
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
Email lucia.pfeuti@ahs.ca

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: www.albertahealthservices.ca

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Faculty of Nursing, Department of Professional Nursing and Allied Health, Perioperative Nursing Program for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses (Post-Diploma Certificate).

Approval Expires August 2024
Contact Department of Professional Nursing and Allied Health
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
Email perioperative@macewan.ca
Description MacEwan University's Faculty of Nursing 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 with a multidisciplinary perioperative team 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.




Learning Institute for Health Care Providers
Perioperative Nursing Program for Registered Nurses

Approval Expires July 13, 2025

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

Faculty contact: Shelley Haynes

E-mail LearningInstitute@nshealth.ca
Phone  902-222-5641

The Learning Institute performance-based Perioperative Nursing Program for Registered Nurses prepares RNs for professional practice in the operating room. This program is offered in two formats: Full-time onsite and Part-time distance (asynchronous and synchronous online delivery). Both formats offer a knowledge component, a skill development component, and a preceptor-led clinical learning experience.

For more information about this Perioperative Nursing Program, please visit: 

Learning Institute NS Health

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Perioperative Nursing RN Program

Approval Expires March 3, 2025
Contact Cathy Chao, Administrative Assistant
Address Email only
Phone 306-775-7575
1-866-467-4278 ext 7575
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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 www.saskpolytech.ca

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 British Columbia Institute of Technology 

Perioperative Nursing Program

Approval Expires  March 24, 2025
 Contact Stephanie Strong, Program Assistant
 Address  BCIT Specialty Nursing – SE12 – 328

3700 Willingdon Ave

Burnaby, British Columbia

Canada, V5G 3H2

 Phone  604-432-8875
 Email sstrong4@bcit.ca
 Description  The BCIT Advanced Certificate in Perioperative Specialty Nursing prepares students to practice as novices in various Perioperative settings. Students explore factors influencing Perioperative Nursing in today’s changing health care environment. The program consists of 6 courses, 3 theory (on line and distance), 3 clinical (Instructor Supported Preceptorship model). 

The program can be completed through full-time and part-time studies. For more information about this perioperative nursing program, please visit: https://www.bcit.ca/programs/perioperative-nursing-specialty-advanced-certificate-part-time-distance-and-online-learning-680pascert/


Humber College

Humber College

Perioperative RN Nursing Program

Approval Expires  April 2026
Contact  Marilyn Morson, Program Advisor
Address  205 Humber College Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M9W 5L7

Phone  416 675-6622 x5245
Email  cehealthsciencesOPER@humber.ca



The Operating Room Nursing - RN certificate program is designed for registered nurses (RNs) seeking to advance their practice in perioperative nursing. This certificate is based on the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) competencies for perioperative nurses, current research, and adheres to the current Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) Standards, Guidelines, and Position Statements for Perioperative Registered Nurses.

The Operating Room - RN certificate program includes four intensive online theory and lab-based courses over a total of eight weeks. The courses are asynchronous. Weekly onsite labs are scheduled by the Program Advisor (Saturday or Sunday). A fulltime clinical placement of six weeks completes the program.

The clinical placements are arranged with Humber College’s partner institutions across the Greater Toronto Area and are completed on a full-time basis without exception. Upon request clinical placements may possibly be arranged at your hospital employer outside of the GTA. Completion of the certificate includes the clinical placement where scrub skills are demonstrated at the novice level. This program academically prepares successful students for the Perioperative Certification Exam. 

Visit the Humber website for further information: Humber College Operating Room Nursing - RN Program 

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