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A Successful Periop 101 Program - What Role do You Play?


Providing the Tools and Resources Needed

Administrators, preceptors, and learners 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 needed 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 and clinical preceptorships and monitor the use of AORN’s e-learning platform. This sets the tone of the program and creates the expectations for both the preceptors and students.


You’ll help connect the Periop 101 content to your facility’s clinical practice setting, serving as a role model, perioperative resource, and clinical supervisor.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions


AORN’s Learning Center (ALC) and Periop 101: A Core Curriculum Didactic Course

  • 2 free Administrator seats
  • 2-year access to the required Administrator Implementation Course, learner course modules, and supporting resources.
  • Free preceptor seats based on first-time or renewal purchase:
    • 1 seat for 1-5 learner seats
    • 2 seats for 6-10 learner seats
    • 4 seats for 11 or more learner seats
  • Preceptors have 6-months from the date the modules were first accessed to complete the Preparing the Preceptor course and evaluation
  • Preceptors do not have access to the learner modules. Course Administrators are expected to provide the Preceptor Guidelines and module table of contents to the Preceptors.
  • 6-month access to the assigned P101 course begins at the time the student first accesses the course. The assigned P101 course, course evaluation, and final exam must be completed within the 6-month time frame.
  • Free, one-year, member-at-large AORN membership begins with learner access of the first module. If the learner is already an AORN member, the free year will be added to the end of their current membership.

Printable Handouts

  • Within the Administrator Resources Module and learner modules.

Certificate of Achievement 

Includes name, completion date, course title, and contact hours for administrator and learner courses.

Certificate of Completion

Includes name, completion date, course title, and contact hours for Preparing the Preceptor.

  • Fees are based on how many learner seats are purchased at one time.
  • Seat prices will never be raised or lowered during the two-year agreement term.
  • Purchased seats can be assigned at any time within the two-year agreement term.
  • More seats can be purchased within the agreement term.
  • Fees are determined and locked in by the number of seats purchased together for the two-year initial or renewal agreement transaction.
  • Additional seats can be purchased by contacting Experience Services at [email protected], submitting the order form with payment, or through the Facility Agreements Page located on the My AORN section of the AORN website.
  • Seats that are unassigned or unstarted when the two-year term expires are not extended or refunded.

Additional fees may include:

  • Administrator seats: $395.00 for each additional seat beyond the 2 free seats included in the two-year initial or renewal agreement transaction.
  • Preceptor seats: $195.00 for each additional seat beyond the free seats included in the two-year initial or renewal agreement transaction.
  • Learner seats: Costs are based on the agreement start date and the number of seats purchased together for the two-year initial or renewal agreement transaction.
  • Final Exam fees: If the Periop 101 learner should fail the Final Exam three times, the Administrator can contact AORN at 800-755-2676 to request a 4th attempt be granted. All requests will be reviewed on an individual basis.

  • An email will be sent to the designated Administrator(s). The email contains information for Administrator registration and accessing the required Administrator Implementation Course.
  • Purchase orders are not considered payment. AORN must receive a check, credit card payment, or electronic transfer before Periop 101 is activated.
  • An AORN Account Executive or Account Manager can generate an invoice for facilities.

Seat Information

Administrators can check their seat counts on their Facility Agreement Page located on the My AORN section of the AORN website.

To order additional seats, complete the Periop 101 Order Form that corresponds with the starting year of your last Periop 101 two-year agreement or renewal. Additional seats can also be purchased through the Facility Agreements  page, or email [email protected].

Contact AORN Experience Services at [email protected] with any questions.

Contact AORN Experience Services at [email protected]. The AORN representative will switch learner seat types between Periop 101 OR, ASC, and Cesarean Section learning plans.

Preceptor and Student Registration

Register preceptors and learners, using the Facility Agreements Page.

Curriculum Resources

Reading and video resources for the Periop 101 courses are found within the Administrator Resources modules and within the course menu.

Each resource details the applicable AORN guideline(s), chapters, and page assignments in Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery, video titles, and AORN tool kits and position statement website resources.

The online video library subscription (recommended) can be purchased by emailing [email protected]

Video titles can be found online in AORN's Periop Nursing Video Library.

Student Information

  • Learner Access: 6-month access to the assigned Periop 101 course from the date of the first module launch.
  • Course Completion: Lengths vary due to class size, learner experience and availability, and course resources.
  • Orientation to the healthcare facility’s perioperative services department:
    • 1 year for an inexperienced RN
    • 6 months to 1 year for an OR RN with experience

Yes, both the learner and administrator will have access to the course for a full 6 months when the learner launches the first module. First module access must occur prior to the agreement end date.

Contact AORN Experience Services at [email protected] with questions or if the administrator needs access because the learner's access goes beyond the agreement end date.

Final Exam

AORN recommends that learners complete a significant portion of their clinical hands-on time in the OR before taking the final exam in order to answer questions regarding patient assessment, decision making, and using analytical, clinical reasoning.

  • All Periop 101 modules, except Introduction to QSEN, must be completed and the posttests passed with a minimum passing score of 80% before the learner evaluation is available.
  • The Learner Evaluation must be completed before the final exam is accessible. 

  • The final exam is to be taken and passed with a minimum passing score of 80% in a proctored environment with no electronic devices, books, or notes.
  • There is a four-hour time limit.
  • Information (including a Final Exam Walk-Through) can be found in the Final Exam section in both the Administrator Implementation Guide and the Learner Guide.