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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.

Periop 101 Administrator Role


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.

Periop 101 Preceptor Role


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.

Periop 101 Student Role


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 Certificate Program: 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.
    • A 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.
    Printable Handouts
    • From Administrator and Student Resource Centers
    • 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 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 beyond the 2 free seats included in the initial contract term.
    • Preceptor seats: $185.00 for each additional seat beyond 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.

Seat Information

  • 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?

    To order additional seats, visit the Periop 101 Order Form web page and fill out and submit the order form that corresponds with the starting year of your last Periop 101 2-year agreement or renewal.

    Contact AORN Experience Services at with any questions.

  • How do I change the student seat type?

    Contact AORN Experience Services at The AORN representative will switch student seats between OR, ASC, and Cesarean Section.

Preceptor and Student Registration

Curriculum Resources

  • What additional materials do we need to implement the course?
    • Reading and video resources for the Periop 101 OR, ASC, and Cesarean Section courses, as well as the Fundamentals and Midwife programs, are posted online in both the Periop 101 Administrator and Student Resource Centers.
    • Each document details the applicable AORN Guideline(s), chapters and page assignments in Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery (16 ed.), video titles, and AORN tool kits and position statement website resources.
    • Hyperlinks for the resources are listed on the last page of each learning plan’s Reading and Video Resources document.
    • The online video library subscription (recommended) or DVDs can be purchased by calling Cine-Med at 800-633-0004.
    • An updated list of the videos can be found online in AORN's Periop Nursing Video Library.

Student Information

  • How long does it typically take for a student to complete the course?
    • Student Access: 6-month access to the assigned Periop 101 course from the date of first module access.
    • Course Completion: Times vary due to class size, student experience, student availability, and 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
  • 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 with questions or if the Administrator needs access because the student’s access goes beyond the contract end date.

Final Exam

  • 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 4-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 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 is generated
      • contact hours are awarded
      • administrators receive an automated email notification that the student passed the Final Exam. Administrators receive no email notification if the student failed the Final Exam.