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Operating Room Nursing - RN

Certificate of Achievement

Program Code: RND1

Important note:

Operating Room Nursing – RN courses have been revised to reflect the current Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) Standards, Guidelines, and Position Statements for Perioperative Registered Nurses. 

The Operating Room - RN certificate program will include four theory and lab based courses over a total of eight weeks followed by a clinical placement of six additional weeks. As this is a competitive program, please note that an application process will be required (see details below). 

Program Description:

The Operating Room Nursing 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.

After successful completion of the theory courses, students will move to the clinical placement. This will consist of 240 hours (6 weeks full time). 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. 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. 

Application Process

Registration in this program is restricted to CNO registered nurses with Acute Care work experience or prior operating room nurse work experience (international). All applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from an employer along with their updated resume. Successful candidates will be offered admission into the program through the program advisor.

The application process for the Fall term is now open.

Admission Requirements

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Resume indicating Acute Care experience
  • Verification of employment
  • Letter of Recommendation from an employer
  • Canadian Citizenship or PR status
  • Please start your application process by completing this Application Form. Preference will be given to those who complete the form by April 30, 2021.


The entire program, including the clinical placement can be completed in 14 weeks.

The total cost is approximately $2,721.00 and includes the following:

  • $2,022.00 is due upon acceptance
  • $699.00 for the clinical is due before the start of the placement
  • Students are responsible to purchase all textbooks and are not included in these fees.

As this is a highly competitive program, students in the Operating Room RN certificate are expected to complete all 4 courses within one semester. If a student is unable to continue in the program, 25% of the total program fees will be withheld. Students who are requesting a refund based on exceptional circumstances will need to apply in writing and provide supporting documentation for review.


Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.

How to Register

You are required to register for each individual course included in a CE program. You can register for a course by selecting it and following the instructions in the “How to Register” box.


Each CE program is comprised of a series of courses which may all have different fees. You are required to register for each course individually and pay the associated fees. Once you select the course, the fee is displayed in the “How to Register” box.

Contact Information

Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness, Department of Continuing Education
Program Assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 4868

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person. On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

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Print/Download Date: March 3, 2021