AORN’s PeriOp 101: A Core Curriculum™

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Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Periop 101: A Core Curriculum™ fully prepares the RN entering the perioperative specialty with up-to-date, evidence-based education regarding safe patient care within the surgical setting.

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About the Program

This course is one day a week, running 9-weeks long, covering multiple important topics needed for competent surgical nursing care.

Skills Gained and Benefits

Skills Gained

Completing this program prepares the novice perioperative RN to:

  • Develop clinical skills specific to the circulating RN role
  • Foster critical thinking
  • Improve patient safety and quality of care
  • Bring evidence-based practice into the surgical suite


  • Curriculum developed from AORN using the most up-to-date evidence-based content to support the novice perioperative RN
  • 39.8 Continuing Education Hours
  • Complimentary one-year AORN membership which includes access to CNE contact hours and guideline resources
  • Textbooks included

Requirements and Eligibility

  • Hold as associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in nursing science from an accredited institution
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Minnesota
  • Completion of 9 classes and required online modules
  • Pass final exam with 80% or greater

Learning Approach and Final Exam

Learning Approach

  • Taught by qualified Periop 101 instructors
  • Interactive modules
  • Textbook readings and study guides
  • Hands-on skills labs
  • Clinical practicum
  • Group activities
  • Clinical video demonstrations

Final Exam

  • 113 questions
  • 4.5 hours (as needed)
  • Multiple choice
  • Proctored on site

How to Apply

There is no separate application. Eligible candidates will be enrolled in the program based upon their start date at North Memorial Health.

Contact Information

Nichole Heilman, MSN-Ed, RN
Nurse, Clinical Education Specialist
Professional Practice, Development, and Education

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