A Successful Periop 101 Program—What Role Do You Play?
Administrators, preceptors, and students all play important roles in the success of your Periop 101 program. AORN provides the tools and resources needed to build the relationships between these roles and to ensure each participant has the individual support they need to be successful.
If you still have questions after reviewing the resources and FAQs below, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to provide you with the information you need.
You’ll coordinate the learning activities, clinical preceptorships, and monitor the use of AORN’s e-learning platform. Your preceptors and students will look to you as a knowledgeable resource. You’ll set the tone of the program and create the expectations for both the preceptors and students.
As preceptor, you’ll help connect the Periop 101 content to your facility’s clinical practice setting. This important role helps the nurses successfully adapt to your specific perioperative setting. You’ll also serve as a role model, perioperative resource, and clinical supervisor.
Your role is to actively participate and get the most out of the course. You’ll receive a complimentary AORN membership to help further your perioperative learning and professional growth. Ultimately, you’ll be responsible for keeping your patients safer by applying your new Periop 101 knowledge at your facility every day.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in the Periop 101 online course fee?
AORN’s Learning Center (ALC) and Periop 101: A Core Curriculum™ Online Course
- 2 free Administrator seats
- 2-year access to the required Administrator Implementation Guide, post-test, evaluation, and student modules from the contract start date
- Free preceptor seats based on first-time or renewal purchase:
- 2 seats for 1-10 student seats
- 4 seats for 11 or more student seats
- 3-month access from the time of registration to complete the Preceptor CertificatevProgram: course, post-test, and evaluation
- Preceptors do not have access to the student modules
- 6-month access to the assigned P101 course begins at the time the student accesses the course. The assigned P101 course, course evaluation, Final Exam, and Final Exam Evaluation must be completed within the 6-month time frame.
- Free, one-year, member-at-large AORN membership begins with student access of the first module. If the student is already an AORN member, the free year will be added to the end of their current membership.
Download printable handouts from the Administrator and Student Resource Centers or from within administrator, preceptor, and student modules.
Certificate of Completion
Includes name, completion date, and contact hours for administrator, preceptor, and student courses.
How are the fees structured?
- Fees are based on how many student seats are purchased at one time.
- Prices will never be raised during the contract term.
- Purchased seats can be assigned at any time within the 2-year contract term.
- More seats can be purchased within the contract term.
- Fees are determined by the number of seats purchased at one time.
- The largest seat purchase in a contract term locks in the price tier for the balance of the term.
- Additional seats can be purchased by contacting Experience Services at email@example.com or submitting the order form.
- Seats that are unassigned when the 2-year term expires are not extended or refunded.
Are there any additional fees related to the course?
Additional fees may include:
- Administrator seats: $385.00 for each additional seat in addition to the 2 free seats included in the initial contract term.
- Preceptor seats: $185.00 for each additional seat in addition to the 2 or 4 free seats included in the initial contract term
- Student seats: Costs are based on the contract start date and the number of seats purchased at one time.
- Final Exam fees: If the student does not pass the Final Exam on the third attempt, a new course seat must be purchased, and the student must complete the course again.
After submitting my Periop 101 Order Form/Terms and Conditions and payment to AORN, what happens next?
An email will be sent to the designated Administrator(s). The email contains information for Administrator registration and accessing the required Administrator Implementation Guide.
Purchase orders are not considered payment. AORN must receive a check, credit card payment, or electronic transfer before Periop 101 is activated. AORN's order form serves as the invoice.
How do I know how many seats I have available?
Administrators can check their seat counts on the dashboard located in the AORN Learning Center (ALC) by clicking on the Dashboard tab and then the Products tab (e.g. if the seat count appears as 12/25, this indicates that the facility has used 12 seats out of 25 purchased seats and there are 13 seats available).
How do I purchase more seats?
How do I change the student seat type?
Contact AORN Experience Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. The AORN representative will switch student seat types between Periop 101 OR, OB, and ASC.
Preceptor and Student Registration
How do preceptors and students register?
At least one Administrator must complete the Administrator Implementation Guide and Evaluation. After completion, an automated email is sent to the Administrator, who then forwards it to the preceptor(s) and student(s). The email includes:
- Preceptor and student registration instructions
- A link to the AORN Learning Center
- The Master License Agreement number (MLA#).
After students and preceptors have registered, the Administrator is notified via an automated email.
If the facility has purchased more than one learning plan (ASC, OB, OR), the administrator should let the student know which one to register for.
What additional materials do we need to implement the course?
Reading and video resources for the Periop 101 ASC, OB, and OR courses, as well as the Fundamentals and Midwife programs, are posted in both the Administrator and Student Resource Centers.Each resource document details the applicable AORN guideline(s), chapters, page assignments in Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery (16 ed.), video titles, and AORN website resources such as tool kits and position statements.
- Hyperlinks for the resources are listed on the last page of each learning plan’s reading and video resource document.
- The recommended online subscription to Cine-Med or DVDs can be purchased by calling Cine-Med at 800-633-0004.
- The updated list of the videos can be found in AORN.org's Periop Nursing Video Library.
How long does it typically take for a student to complete the course?
Periop 101 course completion times vary due to class size, student experience, student availability, and resources.
Students can access their assigned Periop 101 course for 6 months from the date of first module access.
Orientation toa healthcare facility’s Perioperative Services department is typically 1 year for an inexperienced RN or 6 months to 1 year for an OR RN with experience. You can review AORN's position statement on orientation to the perioperative setting for further insight.
What if a student registers less than 6 months from the expiration date of the agreement? Will they still have access for a full 6 months?
Yes, both the student and Administrator will have access to the program for a full 6 months after the student accesses the first module. Module access must occur prior to the contract end date.
Contact AORN Experience Services at email@example.com with questions or if the Administrator needs access because the student’s access goes beyond the contract end date.
Do students need to complete their entire clinical time in the OR before taking the final exam?
AORN recommends that students complete a significant portion of their clinical hands-on time in the OR before taking the final exam to answer questions regarding patient assessment, decision making, and analytical, clinical reasoning.
Why can't the student access the final exam?
All Periop 101 modules except QSEN must be completed before the course evaluation is available. The course evaluation must be completed before the final exam is accessible.
After passing the final exam, the student must complete the final exam evaluation before their contact hours are awarded.
What are the requirements for the final exam?
The final exam is to be taken in a proctored environment with no electronic devices, books, or notes. There is a four-hour time limit. Information can be found in the final exam section in both the Administrator Implementation Guide and the Student Start-up Module.
Why didn't the students get their contact hours after completing the final exam?
After completing the final exam, students must complete the final exam evaluation. After the final exam evaluation is completed, the certificate will be generated, contact hours will be awarded and Administrators will receive an automated email notification that the student passed the final exam.