Academic Information

Enrollment in the Perioperative Nursing Program is by admission only. Space in the program is limited. Admission to the College of DuPage does not guarantee acceptance in the Perioperative Nursing Program.


  1. Must be Bachelor prepared Registered Nurse (BSN), licensed through the State of Illinois.
  2. Completion of Health Requirements, Background Check, and Drug Screen. (Details to follow in upcoming Program Information and Registration Packet. Continue to check website for updates).
  3. Proof of Healthcare Provider CPR course & current Health Insurance.

The Perioperative Nursing Program is a one semester curriculum with classes and clinical experiences. Upon completion, students are fully qualified for employment in an operating room.

The Perioperative Nursing Certificate Program will prepare students for a nursing career in a perioperative environment. This program will prepare nurses in a variety of perioperative roles that assist in preparing and assisting a patient during a surgical procedure. Nurses will be prepared to scrub and circulate in a variety of surgical subspecialties. This program will also prepare students for the Certified Nurse in the Operative Room (CNOR) exam. The program is one semester, two course and certificate program, which is six semester credit hours. The course is offered in 16 weeks and requires a combination of class, laboratory, and clinical hours. You will be expected to do work outside of the scheduled class, lab, and clinical meeting times. The didactic portion of the course will be offered in an online format, including online assessments.

The Perioperative Nursing program is designed to provide the registered nurse with the basic fundamentals of perioperative nursing. This course will provide the student with didactic instruction in an online format, laboratory exercises, and clinical practice in preoperative patient assessment and diagnoses, surgical patient plan of care, cleaning, disinfecting, packaging, sterilization, transporting, and storing instrumentation and supplies, emergency situations, management of personnel, services, and material, and professional accountability. This program will help prepare students for the Certified Nurse in the Operative Room (CNOR) exam.

Program Overview:

Perioperative Nursing Certificate – SURGT 4194 (6 credit hours total)

  • SURGT 2000 (4 credit hours) Introduction to the Perioperative Arena
  • SURGT 2001 (2 credit hours) Perioperative Internship I

Optional: In the following semester

  • *SURGT 2002 (2 credit hours) Perioperative Internship II

*SURGT 2002 – Perioperative Internship II is as advanced practical experience in the perioperative arena. The concepts of preoperative nursing will be explored in-depth in conjunction with an advanced practical experience in an operating room. This course is available to those students who have completed SURGT 2000 and 2001 who are looking for more clinical experience and/or this course is available to those students who currently work in an operating room as a circulating nurse and would like surgical scrub experience. 



Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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