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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.

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
  • CPR 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 immunization 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.

Program Outline

PAR 101 Perianesthesia Nursing
PAR 102 Respiratory Care
PAR 103 Cardiovascular Care
PAR 104 Neurological Care
PAR 105 General Anesthesia
PAR 106 Regional Anesthesia
PAR 107 Admissions and Discharge
PAR 108 Pain Management and PONV
PAR 109 Post-Operative Complications
PAR 110 Specialty Populations
PAR 111 Practicum

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass the practicum and attain a minimum grade of 70% in each of the other courses in the program.

Program Area:

Continuing Studies

Campus (Intake):

  • Distance (Sep)




  • Distance/Online


2022-23: $7,650
plus applicable textbooks and/or materials


Delivery Style: Online hybrid, practicum face to face

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

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/10/2022