Accepting Applications For OR Nurses

Are you a registered nurse interested in pursuing a career in the operating room? CWI is now offering an operating room training course for RNs. This class will prepare you for an entry-level position as an operating room circulating nurse.

We encourage you to apply any time throughout the year, by contacting the Program Chair for the specific application process. The next semester class starts August 22, 2016.


For more information please contact:

Jo Ann Harrison, Perioperative Nursing Program Chair, at  208.562.2321 or [email protected]


The Perioperative Nursing program is a structured certificate program to prepare registered nurses to work in the operating room/perioperative environment. The course is for licensed registered nurses, who have no previous perioperative experience. They will learn the basic knowledge and clinical skills necessary to function independently in an entry-level operating room nurse position.

  • It is a 16 week (one semester) college course that includes 120 hours of lab, 90 hours of didactic, and 200 hours of clinical time in the operating room with a preceptor.
  • The course is offered twice a year, Fall and Spring semesters, Monday – Friday.
  • CWI has a four suite operating room simulation lab, completely furnished as a working operating room. All of the labs and class lectures will take place on the CWI Ada County Campus.
  • CWI's Perioperative courses integrate the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) Periop101: Core Curriculum, which includes 27 modules, post-tests and final exam.
  • Upon successful completion of the final exam, students receive 41.7 AORN contact hours and earn a "Certificate of Completion".
  • As part of the curriculum, students will take the ACLS certification course.
  • For more information about the AORN PeriOp 101 course, visit the following website:


The mission of the Perioperative Nursing program is to provide excellence in education and training of perioperative team members and deliver safe, competent, compassionate patient care in the operating room environment.

Why This Program

College of Western Idaho is the only college in the state of Idaho that is offering a Perioperative Nursing Certificate program. The curriculum that is being used is the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), Periop 101: Core Curriculum, which is the essential education course for new operating room nurses and is used nationwide. CWI partnered with three regional hospitals, St. Luke’s Hospital of Idaho, St. Alphonsus Health System of Idaho, and West Valley Medical Center of Caldwell to expand perioperative nursing training to meet the workforce needs specific to the industry. The partners identified a critical staffing shortage of perioperative nurses in the community. This program will directly assist hospitals and surgery centers in filling their available positions with educated, competent and well trained operating room nurses who are ready to enter the workforce.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Understand roles of multidisciplinary surgical team members in preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative areas
  • Use nursing process to identify and address needs of perioperative patient, family or support persons in order to provide a safe environment
  • Learn roles of perioperative registered nurses in the perioperative environment through skills labs, case studies and patient care assignments
  • Apply principles of aseptic and sterile technique in the perioperative
  • Learn process of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of instruments and equipment
  • Apply pharmacologic indication for commonly prescribed medications used in the perioperative setting and demonstrate safe administration
  • Identify ethical, moral and legal responsibilities of the surgical team
  • Demonstrate appropriate prioritization of perioperative nursing activities relevant to the surgical setting through patient care assignments
  • Identify opportunities for professional growth as a perioperative nurse

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Certification from Association of Operating Room Nurses AORN


Delivery Formats:

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • Excellent hearing and sight
  • Competency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to handle stressful situations in a positive manner
  • Ability to deal with unusual circumstances and have flexibility
  • Positive communication skills with the ability to communicate information quickly, concisely and accurately
  • Ability to handle physical demands of lifting heavy objects (40 lbs. or more), walking, bending, reaching and standing for long periods of time
  • Ability to articulate safe nursing practices
  • Knowledge and ability to apply evidence-based learning principles
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Command of the English language --- write, speak and understand


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Because this program has unique requirements, please contact the Program Chair about the application process.

           Jo Ann Harrison, Program Chair:   208.562.2321 or [email protected]

Course Requirements:

  • provide proof of current Idaho Registered Nurse License, in good standing;
  • be a graduate nurse who has passed the NCLEX;
  • any of the following degrees accepted:   Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, or Master's Degree in Nursing.

Tuition and Fees

Estimated Costs:          $6000.00    Tuition

                                           160.00     Books

                                             75.00     Scrubs

                                             40.00     Certified Background Check 

Career Info

Perioperative nurses are registered nurses, who work in operating rooms or surgical departments. There are a variety of surgical settings that perioperative RNs can work in such as; hospital operating rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, and physician offices. The nurses work closely with the surgical patient, family members, and other health-care professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate treatment of the surgical patient.

Job opportunities for a perioperative RN are excellent and in demand. With the aging workforce there will be an increase in demand for operating room nurses.


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