Operating Room Registered Nurse, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

The Operating Room (OR) Registered Nurse (RN) prepares the surgical suite, attends to & provides care for the surgical patient, circulates during the surgical procedure, and documents the care of the patient during surgery. They perform patient skin preparation, urinary catheter insertion, patient positioning, collect and present sterile supplies to the surgical team in a sterile manor, and document vital patient information pertaining to the performed surgical procedure.  

Existing RNs are prepared to function as an integral member of the surgical team. RNs are trained in sterile techniques to allow them to create, establish and maintain the sterile surgical field before, during and after surgery. Surgical procedures, instruments, equipment and supplies will be presented, discussed and manipulated to prepare the RN to be successful in the OR acting in the circulator role or surgical scrub role.

Students entering this program should have a strong sense of self-discipline, patient commitment, resiliency & flexibility, while being attentive and detail oriented. Additionally, OR team members typically work in a fast-paced environment, requiring adaptability, teamwork, communication, and accountability to be successful.  OR RNs can work in hospital operating rooms, surgical centers for outpatient procedures, surgeon's offices, in an educational role, an administrative/management role, and in a teaching role for Colleges. ​

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. prepare to successfully function as an integral member of the surgical team in the operating room,
  2. demonstrate effective skills to work in the operating room as a surgical nurse, and
  3. employ proper professional communication and employability skills in the workplace.

CCBC Pathway

Health Professions Pathway.  Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length

18 weeks

Program Requirements

Contact CEHealth@ccbcmd.edu for more information.

Licensed registered nurse

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding.

Application Process

Selective admissions process. Contact CEhealth@ccbcmd.edu for upcoming classes.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number Course Title Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



AHL221 Perioperative Nursing I 95 Alexander's care of the patient in surgery, 16th edition $285.00



AHL222 Perioperative Nursing II 95 Same as AHL221



AHL225 Surgical Procedures I for the Operating Room Registered Nurse 95 Same as AHL221



AHL223 Perioperative Nursing III 95 Same as AHL221



AHL226 Surgical Procedures II for the Operating Room Registered Nurse 95 Same as AHL221



Course Series Totals:   499 $345



Additional Information

Additional Expenses:
Scrubs, protective eye wear

Career Opportunities:
​Employment in the operating room setting in hospitals, surgi-centers, and doctor's offices. 

Contact Information

​​Contact CEhealth@ccbcmd.edu for more information.

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC Operating Room Registered Nurse Series


The duties of an operating room registered nurse (RN) require the ability to stand for long hours at a time while constantly being focused on the task at hand. RNs must exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, orders, materials, and communicable diseases.  Their duties also require them to function quickly with accuracy, while being detail oriented.  A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and integrity are vital.


1. Physical Requirements

A. Sufficient strength and mobility to:

  • Lift and position anesthetized patients
  • Move swiftly within close quarters while maintaining the sterile field
  • Lift large instrument trays weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Stand in one small area for long periods of time

B. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise and delicate tasks such as:

  • Handle delicate surgical instruments
  • Safely handle surgical and hypodermic needles
  • Manipulate instruments while attached to body tissues

C. Adequate vision to:

  • Visualize and control fine surgical needles and suture
  • Identify fine microsurgical instruments
  • Read medication labels at least one foot away
  • Visualize the operative field in detail
  • Read instruction sheets and computer screens

D. Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and understand verbal instructions under noisy conditions from masked personnel
  • Hear alarms and operating noises from machines and equipment


2. Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism

  • Work in a professional manner as a member of the surgical team under extremely stressful situations
  • Maintain composure during emergency, life and death situations
  • Adequately deal with many personalities and attitudes of other team members
  • Respect and protect patient rights, especially confidentiality
  • Interact with other health professionals in a polite and professional manner
  • Maintain a surgical conscience
  • Adhere to the policies and standards of specific medical facilities
  • Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession (ex., RN, CPR)


3. Communication Skills

  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out written and verbal instructions
  • Communicate through proper channels
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Accurately interpret the patient's needs
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to any team members regarding breaches in sterile technique


4. Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability

  • Exercise independent judgment to properly care for the surgical patient
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to prepare for the surgical procedure
  • Accurately identify, calculate dosage, and transfer medications
  • Work calmly and efficiently in stressful situations
  • Maintain calmness during emergency situations
  • Perform duties while exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors,  and materials
  • Complete Series requirements


5. Technical Requirements

  • Adequately operate a computer system
  • Perform entry level computer tasks such as sending and receiving correspondence through email
  • Competently able to navigate & operate machines and equipment in the operating room
  • Sufficiently complete basic computer processing tasks in order to remain current with competencies and other hospital requirements.
  • Remain current on technological advancements in the field of surgical technology
  • Manipulate, organize, & operate equipment required for robotic surgery


6. Environment Requirements


Operating room work involves risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions including, but not limited to:

  • Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection (and other personal protective equipment as required)
  • Providing proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Receiving Hepatitis B vaccine and annual testing for exposure to tuberculosis
  • Submitting to periodic drug screening
  • Receiving Flu shot annually
  • Remain composed and focused when exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, sounds, and communicable diseases.