Perioperative Nursing Program

Credential Earned

Certificate of Completion


  • Full time: 16 weeks
  • Part time: 29–33 weeks

See Plan of Study details for more information.


  • Independent, online learning with live classroom sessions
  • In-person skills and simulation labs in Halifax
  • Clinical placements in an operating room in Nova Scotia


Full Time RN

  • Fall: September 9, 2024–December 20, 2024

Part Time RN

  • Fall: September 3, 2024–April 29, 2025

Part Time LPN 

  • Fall: September 16, 2024-April 29, 2025


Registration Deadlines

Full Time RN

  • Fall: August 6, 2024

Part Time RN

  • Fall: July 29, 2024

Part Time LPN

  • Fall: August 12, 2024


The Perioperative Nursing Program prepares nurses for professional practice in the operating room. This performance-based program supports Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses to advance their clinical judgment, critical thinking, and clinical leadership in the perioperative setting.

This program uses a conceptual learning approach in developing skills required to work collaboratively as a member of the interprofessional perioperative team. Upon completion of the program, learners are prepared to meet the dynamic and complex needs of patients in the perioperative setting.


  • Active-practicing RN or LPN license with the provincial regulator
  • Approval from an OR manager within Nova Scotia to confirm a clinical seat and sponsorship for the program 

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The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.