Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

This program prepares registered nurses for basic entry into operating room practice. The program requires a commitment of 4 classroom hours and 4 clinical hours per week for 9 weeks. Classes are held a Louisville hospital and clinical hours are worked at a variety of hospitals. Earn 37.8 contact hours. Textbook required. Enrollment limited to 20.

  • Instructors: Michele Harbin MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR is the System Educator of Surgical Services for the Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing; Linda Boley, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a Perioperative Educator at Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital.
  • PROF 319 / 9 Mondays / Sept. 12 - Nov. 14 (except Oct. 31)
    4:30 - 8:30 p.m. / $349 ($399 after Sept. 2) (view refund policy below.)
  • To register, call Bellarmine at 502.272.8166, or click here for online registration. Online registration will be available July 25.

Objectives of the Perioperative Certificate Program:

  1. Discuss the various roles of the OR team
  2. Demonstrate Asceptic techniques and identify boundaries of the sterile field
  3. Explain the different types of sterilization and disinfection used in the OR
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of prepping, scrubbing, gowning and gloving
  5. Identify and describe the functions of basic instrumentation
  6. Discuss the various options for anesthesia
  7. Discuss the variety of lasers used in the OR and safety precautions during the use of the laser
  8. Identify the considerations in the care of various patient populations
  9. Identify legal and ethical considerations related to perioperative nursing

This program has been approved for 37.8 contact hours by Bellarmine University. (KBN Provider #3-00031-12-17-83-2-2-2). Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual provider does not constitute endorsement of program content. For successful completion the participant must attend the program in its entirety.

Textbook: Berry & Kohn's Operating Room Technique by Nancymarie Phillips 12th Edition ISBN 978-0323073585. Available at www.bellarmine.bkstr.com. Limited copies available on campus. Purchase early to avoid disappointment.

Refunds (courses with five or more sessions):

  • 100% if notification is received 7 or more days before the first class
  • 50% if notification is received fewer than 7 days before the first class.
  • No refund after the course begins.

A $20 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds.