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PeriAnesthesia Nursing Certificate

The 421-hour online PeriAnesthesia Nursing Certificate provides learners with the knowledge and practical skills for entry into PeriAnesthesia Nursing. This program includes theory, demonstrations, and practical skills education in PeriAnesthesia work areas. Topics include pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care considerations for all PeriAnesthesia phases with a focus on Phase 1. The PeriAnesthesia Nursing Certificate program prepares the graduate to write the PANC(C) specialty examination as per the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Active practicing license with respective provincial professional body (RN)
  • Proof of a minimum of two years acute care experience
  • Provide a written agreement of practicum placement by a perianesthesia unit manager
  • Proof of arrhythmia interpretation competency
  • CPRC Level C no more than 12 months before admission
  • A criminal record check clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Office. Okanagan College's admission offices will provide applicants with instructions and forms for applicants to submit to the Solicitor General's Office and a deadline for the College to receive the clearance letter. Applicants should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by Admissions. Failure to provide a clearance letter by the deadline will result in a cancellation of the applicant's admission application.

Program Requirements:

  • Results of tuberculin testing done no more than six months before the date of application, with evidence of appropriate follow up if the test was positive.
  • Up-to-date Immunization Record based on vaccinations listed below. Please provide a photocopy of your completed immunization record; this record will be kept in your student file. Applicants are advised that, if they choose not to complete this recommended immunizati.on schedule, any outbreak of an infectious disease can have serious implications for their practice experience because of a requirement by the Health Authority that all those not immunized remain outside of the practice area.
  1. Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoid (Td) - Booster doses of Td are recommended every 10 years, or as a minimum at least once during adult life.
  2. Measles Vaccine - If born between 1957 and 1970, you should have proof of two live measles vaccinations, documentation of physician-diagnosed measles or laboratory evidence of immunity. If you already received one dose of measles vaccine, a second dose of vaccine is recommended and is given as Measles Mumps (MMR) vaccine.
  3. Polio Vaccine - Primary immunization with inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine (IPV) is indicated for all who have not had a primary course of poliovirus vaccine (OPV or IPV). If you have not been given a full primary course, you should have the series completed with IPV regardless of the interval since the last dose. Booster doses of IPV are not required in Canada. 
  4. Rubella Vaccine - If you do not have documented immunity as described above under Measles, you should be vaccinated with MMR, unless there are contraindications.
  5. Hepatitis B Vaccine - Recommended because of potential exposure to blood or body fluids, as well as increased risk of penetrating injuries.
  6. Varicella Vaccine - Indicated for those who do not have either reliable history of disease or serologic evidence of immunity.
  7. Flu Immunization -Annual Flu immunization is recommended.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass the practicum and attain a minimum grade of 70%

Program Outline

PAR 101 - Perianesthesia Nursing

This course introduces the learner to the standards of practice, regulations and implementation of best practice required by the perianesthesia nurse. 

PAR 102 - Respiratory Care

This course will introduce learners to the specific respiratory needs of the client in the perianesthesia setting. Topics covered will include: concepts of oxygen delivery, airway management and ventilation, ABG analysis, pharmacological interventions and pulmonary disorders.
Prerequisites: PAR 101

PAR 103 - Cardiovascular Care

This course provides the learner with a comprehensive understanding of hemodynamics principles and monitoring.

PAR 104 - Neurological Care

This course will enable the learner to conduct a thorough neurological assessment of the perianesthesia client. While the focus will be on neurosurgical clients, consideration of neurological disorders will also be discussed.

PAR 105 - General Anesthesia

This course is a comprehensive overview of pre-anesthetic assessments, intra-operative anesthetic basics with a focus on understanding balanced general anesthesia. Monitored anesthesia care (MAC) and procedural sedation will also be discussed. 

PAR 106 - Regional Anesthesia 

This course explores the application of local anesthetics in the various modes of regional anesthesia. Learners will acquire knowledge of various regional anesthesia techniques from cutaneous and topical to peripheral nerve blocks and neuroaxial anesthesia.

PAR 107 - Admissions and Discharge

This course teaches learners to conduct a thorough admission assessment and provide Phase 1 post­anesthesia care according to the NAPAN standards for practice. This course also provides guidelines for transitioning to Phase 2 post-anesthesia care. 

PAR 108 - Pain Management and PONV

This course focuses on pain management and post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and their treatment in Phase 1 post anesthesia settings.

PAR 109 - Post-Operative Complications

This course introduces the learner to many of the critical post-operative complications that occur in Phase 1 recovery. 

PAR 110 - Specialty Populations

This course focuses on populations that require specialized care in Phase 1 perianesthesia, such as geriatrics, obstetrics, pediatrics and bariatrics. There will be an overview of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Pathway (ERAS).

PAR 111 - Practicum

The practicum provides the learner with an opportunity to integrate theory into practice at one of several accredited clinical sites. During this hands-on experience, learners will participate in caring for patients receiving various modes of anesthetic and undergoing a variety of surgical procedures.

Learners will gain an understanding of Phase 1 perianesthesia nursing, formulate and implement care based on this acquired knowledge and evaluate client outcomes.

Preceptors in the clinical settings will guide and direct the learner to prepare them for entry into perianesthesia nursing.

Program Area:

Continuing Studies

Campus (Intake):

  • Distance (Sep)




  • Distance/Online


2018-19: $7,500


Please note, there are additional costs for materials and/or textbooks.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 02/25/2018