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Prep for CNOR FAQs

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about preparing for the CNOR® exam online course. 

  • Does AORN confer the CNOR® credential?

    AORN does not administer the CNOR® exam. CCI administers the exam. Please visit their website at for the latest information regarding the exam, registration, and test dates, as well as resources for your success.

    The Virtual Prep for CNOR Live program and Prep for CNOR Online program are designed strictly to be used as review and preparation for the CNOR® exam. CNOR® is a registered trademark of the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI). All rights reserved. CCI administers the CNOR® exam. Candidates for the CNOR® exam must meet the eligibility requirements as defined by CCI.

  • What’s included in the Virtual Prep for CNOR Live course?

    Included in the program is a two-day event taught by a perioperative nursing expert, access to the eGuidelines+ (AORN online guidelines), two online assessments, a study plan, and 18 contact hours after completing course requirements.

  • Who should register and attend the Virtual Prep for CNOR Live course?

    All perioperative RNs who are preparing to take the CNOR® exam and RNs interested in a review of current evidence-based perioperative nursing practices are welcome to register and attend the Virtual Prep for CNOR Live course.

  • Do I receive access to the AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice when I register for Virtual Prep for CNOR Live course?

    Yes, once you register for the course and attend the virtual portion of the program, an email will be sent to you with instructions how to access eGuidelines+ which is the online AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

  • Do I receive contact hours for Virtual Prep for CNOR Live?

    Yes, after attending the two-day course, completing the two online assessments, and completion of the online course evaluation, attendees can receive 18 contact hours.

  • If I take the Virtual Prep for CNOR Live course, do I have to study?

    Yes, the CNOR® exam should not be taken lightly. The Virtual  Prep for CNOR Live review course will help you identify your knowledge gaps and areas of strength and provide a study plan for you to individualize after you attend the weekend course.

  • How much time is really needed to study for the exam?

    You should give yourself anywhere from 12–20 weeks to fully prepare yourself for success.

  • Are the questions in the AORN Virtual Prep for CNOR Live course the same type of questions as are on the exam?

    No. The questions in our review course are based on the specific content that we provide. Our questions are challenging; they are fact and scenario-based. The review course contains content that our nurses think you need to know in order to pass the CNOR® exam.

    It is also important to note that the questions on the CNOR® exam are not comparable to the post-test questions in the studies from the AORN Journal. Rather, the questions test your ability to think critically and pull knowledge together from many sources.

  • What types of questions can I expect on the CNOR® exam?

    The CNOR® exam tests you on your knowledge and skills that are required to competently practice in the perioperative clinical environment.

  • What other resources are recommended after I purchase the online course?
    • We recommend that you have access to the latest edition of two publications: Alexander's Care of the Patient in Surgery and Berry and Kohn's Operating Room Technique. 
    • Use a current medical/surgical nursing textbook to review acute and chronic disease processes that require surgical interventions and common laboratory blood testing values including arterial blood gas (ABG) interpretation.
    • Use a scholarly website or current pharmacy textbook to review all medications.
  • How do I get my course certificate?

    After you complete the course and submit your evaluation, you can print your certificate from the website.

  • How often is the Virtual Prep for CNOR Live course updated?

    The course is updated every year. In addition, as guidelines are developed or revised, we update the course content.

  • Does AORN offer any other products to prepare for the CNOR exam?

    Yes, AORN offers Prep for CNOR online program.

  • What are the computer specs for the Virtual Prep for CNOR Live course?

    Visit our Computer Specifications for Online Learning web page for more information.If you have other questions about Prep for CNOR Live, please email [email protected].