Prep for CNOR

AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice is the primary reference for the CNOR exam. Not only is Prep for CNOR is the only prep course that is developed by AORN, it's also the only prep course that gives you online access to the Guidelines to help you study.

58 Learning Modules. 500 Questions. 49 Contact Hours. Money Back Guarantee.

Prep for CNOR is a 4-month self-paced online course that provides effective test-taking strategies with online access to the current AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice and additional reading assignments to supplement the course content. AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice is the primary reference for the CNOR exam. Our fact and scenario-based questions test your ability to think critically and provides an extensive review of:


Upon completion of this course, the perioperative nurse will be able to:

  • Identify the governing body administering the CNOR credential.
  • Apply test taking strategies for the CNOR examination.
  • Discuss key components of the nursing process related to perioperative nursing.
  • Identify critical thinking skills necessary to effectively practice perioperative nursing.
  • Identify safety measures to maintain a sterile field throughout the perioperative stay.
  • Identify nursing interventions to ensure a safe environment for the perioperative patient.
  • Identify strategies to assist the perioperative patient during the administration of anesthesia.
  • Recognize perioperative patient complications associated with acute or chronic conditions.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of a perioperative patient's changing condition.
  • Describe the role of the perioperative RN in emergent or crisis situations in the perioperative period.
  • Identify components of effective hand-off communication.
  • Identify the perioperative RN's role as patient advocate.
  • Examine perioperative concerns for special populations of perioperative patients.
  • Discuss unique perioperative care for minimally invasive and ambulatory procedures.
  • Discuss the perioperative RN's role in patient and family education.

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Members: $325

Non-Members: $440

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After purchasing the course, learners receive an email with a link providing course access. After initial login, learners can also access the courses via MyAORN.

Contact Hours

Learners receive 49 Contact Hours after passing the Post Test with a score of at least 90%. Contact hours expire 5/1/17.

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Money Back Guarantee

If you fail the CNOR exam and meet the five criteria below, you may either receive a refund of the cost of the Prep for CNOR online course or retake t...

This course is approved for 49 hours of AEU Credit by BASC Provider #0102.

AEU credit is available upon request only by contacting Experience Services at or 800-755-2676.

Course Length and Extension

This course is accessible for 4 months from the date of enrollment. If an extension is needed, there is a $50 fee per month, with a maximum extension of 4 months. Extension months must be consecutive. Please call Experience Services at 800-755-2676 to request an extension.

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