Introduce Students to the Surgical Suite

Affordable Evidence-Based Undergraduate Course

Introduction to Perioperative Nursing is an undergraduate course for nursing students and provides essential knowledge of pre-, intra-, and post-operative practices through the continuum of care for surgical patients.

Nursing schools can integrate the course into their curriculum as an introduction to perioperative specialty.

This course includes:

  • QSEN undergraduate competencies
  • Key infection prevention concepts
  • Guidelines on how to prevent surgical complications
  • Courses such as Surgical Attire, The Surgical Suite, Surgical Team Communication and Professionalism

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Who Should Take This Course?

Introduction to Perioperative Nursing is designed for a student at any level of their undergraduate nursing education. It also can be incorporated as a capstone project for students in the final phase of their undergraduate nursing program.

Each module is taken in sequence and includes a post-test, with a final 50-question exam at the end of the course. As an added benefit, students receive a one-year student membership to AORN, which gives them access to free education and clinical resources that can assist them in their studies, as well as opportunities to network with perioperative professionals.


Prepare for the Impending Nursing Shortage

Incorporate this course into your curriculum to educate and inspire new nurses, while strategically meeting the growing need for more surgical nurses.

Perioperative nursing provides access to a variety of nursing career paths, including:

  • Staff nurse
  • OR circulator
  • Educator
  • Service line leader
  • Team leader
  • Director


The U.S. will need more than 1 million new RNs by 2022, especially in areas like perioperative nursing. In 2019 of the top 25 nursing specialties, OR nurses were the 6th highest in demand and PACU nurses the 9th.