Perioperative Nursing | Periop 101 Certificate

Periop 101 is offered as a blended course with online modules created by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), simulation skills activities at the new state of the art simulation center on the UMass Medical School Campus, as well a clinical preceptor experience at local hospitals/surgical centers. Each student receives a free, one-year membership to AORN so they can take advantage of other learning resources and member benefits throughout the program as well as required course text books.

  • Course Start - March 29, 2017
  • Course Length - 11 Weeks
  • Course Price - $2650.00

Upon successful completion of the course final exam, RN students will receive 41.7 contact hours.


  • Anesthesia
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Endoscopic and MIS
  • Environmental Sanitation and Terminal Cleaning
  • Hemostasis, Sponges, and Drains
  • Medications and Solutions
  • Patient and Family Education
  • PeriAnesthesia Nursing
  • Perioperative Assessment
  • Perioperative Health Care Information Management
  • Perioperative Safety: Equipment Focus
  • Perioperative Safety: Introduction
  • Perioperative Safety: Patient Focus
  • Positioning the Patient
  • Preoperative Skin Antisepsis
  • Professionalism
  • Safe Use of Surgical Energy
  • Scrubbing, Gowning, and Gloving
  • Specimens
  • Sterile Technique
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Surgical Draping
  • Surgical Instruments
  • The Perioperative Environment
  • Transmissible Infection Prevention
  • Wound Closure
  • Wound Healing

Job Outlook

The job outlook for perioperative nurses is similar to that of registered nurses showing a substantial increase by the year 2022 of 19%. This information is according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, and shows that the perioperative nursing position will have plenty of room for additional candidates over the coming decade. It also supplies a competitive salary, and has plenty of room for advancement, which can also increase pay.

Average Perioperative Nursing salaries for job postings in Massachusetts are 20% higher than average Perioperative Nursing salaries for job postings nationwide.

Websites advertising Periop Nursing jobs:

Career Builder
Nurse Career Board
Nurse Recruiter
Simply Hired
Zip Recruiter
Hospital Jobs Online
Snag a Job
I Hire Nursing
Nurse Choice
Jobs 2 Careers
Care New England
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
Health Career Web

PLEASE NOTE: All information is provided as a courtesy service. Any contacts made using this material is done at the sole discretion of the individual and at their own risk.The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Graduate School of Nursing does not endorse any specific website or company. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the structure of the course (i.e. full- or part-time, start and end-dates, days and times for the classes, etc.)?

Periop 101 is a blended course consisting of 27 online modules and a weekly 3 hour class. It will be offered from 4:30-7:30pm for 11 weeks beginning Wednesday, March 29th.

Periop 101: A Core Curriculum is an online course, created by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)  that educates nursing staff in the latest evidenced-based practices while giving them the flexibility to study anywhere and anytime they have internet access. The online course consists of 27 online modules which students complete in preparation for class. Course content will include discussion of textbook reading assignments and online modules, viewing the recommended videos, reviewing post-tests and demonstrations and skills labs.

Do I have to take an exam before the completion of the course? If so, what is the structure of the final exam?

There is a post-test at the completion of each module and then a final exam. The post-test and final exam are completed online. 80% is required to pass each post-test and the final exam.

Is the course offered again in the fall or just once a year in spring?

The course will be offered this fall and the plan is to offer the course at least twice/year.

Does the course prepare students for a first assistant in OR?

No, Periop 101 is offered for novice perioperative nurses, those returning to practice after an extended absence and experienced nurses with no formal didactic education. There is a separate advanced course to prepare for the RNFA role.

What is the price of the course?

The price of the course is $2,650.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course (i.e. books, supplies, etc.)?

No. Included in the cost of the course are two required textbooks for each student:

AORN’s Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery

There will be required readings from both textbooks.

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