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Introduction to Perioperative Principles


 Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing


REGISTRATION For Fall 2024 is open


Thank you for your interest in our Introduction to Perioperative Principles program

This course is 15 weeks in length. Each student will be provided access to the AORN peri-op 101 core curriculum and will be eligible to take the exam at the end of the course.  These modules are supplemented by a robust teaching plan/learning tools developed by our instructor, Dr. Thereza Ayad.  There are weekly online assignments  and the opportunity to come to our Worcester Campus for simulation days.  These 3 days are scheduled on Saturdays and take place in the Interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning (iCELS) located in the Albert Sherman Building.

During these sessions, students have full access to our simulation Carlin OR Suite for realistic hands-on experience with state of the art equipment and instrumentation.

Students outside of our geographical area may opt for a fully online experience.

For more information, please contact Dr. Maureen Wassef, Director of Continuing Education

Students receive 41.7 Contact hours upon successful completion of this course.

Access to the AORN Peri-op 101 modules, supplies and simulation equipment are included.

Students are required to purchase a copy of Alexander’s Care of the Surgical Patient textbook.

Course Tuition: $3,000 (no refunds)

What are the course topics?

Registered nurses taking the training course will cover the following topics: 

  • 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





Carlin Operating Room suite which is located in iCELS.
This simulation room equipped with OR instruments and supplies are
utilized for the RNFA programs.

Meet the Instructor

Thereza Ayad, DNP, RN, CNORThereza Ayad - Perioperative Nursing Training Course (Periop 101) - UMass Chan Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing

Thereza has been in the operating room setting since 2001 and held various positions as a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Clinical Nurse Educator, and Nurse Manager all in the perioperative setting. Thereza has a BA in Anthropology, BSN in Nursing, MSN in nursing education and recently graduated with her DNP.


"Thereza was one of the most kind, patient and knowledgeable instructors I've encountered. Being able to see her during my clinical was an added bonus as she was always available to answer anything I asked. I'm so glad I took your course."

Mindy Vezeau, Periop 101 Student

"Professor Ayad is a wonderful teacher! She is patient, kind, and I fully enjoyed being her student."

Tina Hayat Benali, Periop 101 Student