Perioperative Nursing

Advance your nursing career with specialization in surgical services! The perioperative nursing program prepares busy professionals to work in hospital and ambulatory center operating rooms with an emphasis on circulating skills, surgical sciences and operative patient safety.  

Perioperative nurses are specially educated to care for patients before, during and after surgery. They work in the operating room alongside surgeons, surgical technologists, anesthesia providers and other professionals to ensure quality patient care outcomes.

  • Curriculum centered on the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Fundamental of Perioperative Practice
  • Surgical anatomy, operative procedures, surgical instrumentation and supplies, sterilization and infection control procedures, and technical specialty equipment
  • Online didactic coursework designed to meet the needs of working professionals
  • Practical skills taught in CBC’s surgical sciences lab
  • Gain experience through a 165-hour clinical internship

This is a two quarter program including didactic, laboratory and clinical coursework

  • Current Registered Nurse (RN) with a minimum of an associate degree in nursing
  • Completed seven hours of Washington State approved HIV Bloodborne training
  • Current AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers certification
  • Letters of reference and essay
Yes! Information Sessions are offered regularly throughout the year to give you an opportunity to meet the Director of Surgical Technology, the Outreach and Retention Specialist, and other advisors. Information is provided regarding required prerequisites, the application process, and progression through the curriculum. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions about the program.

Find out more about our application process!

  • Meet college admission criteria as stated in the CBC Catalog prior to applying for application into the program.
  • Complete and submit a Perioperative Nursing program application.
  • Provide proof of an unencumbered Registered Nursing (RN) license.
  • Submit three professional letters of reference on company or organization letter head.
  • Submit a 500-word essay describing your career and educational goals in perioperative nursing.
  • Provide a copy of a current American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR card.
  • Provide a copy of a seven-hour HIV/AIDS Bloodborne Pathogens completion certificate.
  • Have completed a minimum of an associate degree in nursing.
  • Attend a formal interview with program faculty as directed (following receipt of application).
  • Prior professional nursing experience preferred, but not required.
  • Submit official college transcripts to CBC Student Records office for every college attended. Students who have taken classes at CBC do not need to include a transcript from CBC.
  • Required immunization records.
  • Satisfactory criminal history background check using a college approved vendor. Criminal history background information is required of all Perioperative Nursing students. Information obtained will be considered in determining student eligibility to complete clinical coursework. Inability to participate in practicum experiences due to the information obtained from the background check may result in the student’s inability to satisfactorily complete program degree requirements. Any infraction while enrolled in the Nursing program should be self-reported to the coordinator/director.
The application process is now open for the Perioperative Nursing program. Applicants will need to print out the application, fill it out, attach any required documentation and submit it to Hawk Central in the H Building on the CBC Pasco campus.

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National Background Search & Drug Screen Requirements

As part of the admission requirements for Health Science programs, applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen prior to working with patients in clinical areas. The background check and drug screen are paid by the student and administered through a third party company, CastleBranch. In addition to the background check required by CBC, each clinical facility reserves the right to conduct its own criminal background check prior to allowing a student to enter its health care facilities for clinical participation.

Certain criminal convictions, pending charges or negative actions may automatically disqualify a person from having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults, juveniles and children. Clinical facilities reserve the right to accept or decline a student’s placement in its facility.     

Perioperative Nursing at CBC

What career opportunities are available after I graduate?

  • Circulating nurse
  • Scrub nurse
  • Perioperative services nurse
  • Obstetric nurse
  • Preoperative nurse
  • Perianesthesia or Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) nurse


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