Perioperative Nursing Certificate Program

Perioperative 101 Nursing Description

A comprehensive blended educational program developed by AORN’s expert perioperative nurse-authors, based on lastest, evidence-based Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.  There are currently over 12,000 Periop 101 graduates and counting.  The program combines a standardized, evidence-based online curriculum and textbook readings with hands-on skills lab and a clinical practicum led by experienced perioperative nurses.

This program is a two-semester program designed to provide Registered Nurses from other specialties and new graduate nurses with an understanding of the operating room nurse’s role and responsibilities.  

This blended program is comprised of 42 hours of classroom and online modules, 10 hours of skills lab, and 240 hours of mentored clinical experience. It will also include one-year membership to AORN Standards, Practices and Guidelines. This curriculum closely integrates learning experiences in the classroom, skills lab, and in the clinical setting. Participants will not only earn college credits and a certificate of completion, but they will also learn the theoretical concepts, principles, and skills of perioperative nursing based on the standards and recommended practices established by Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN). Licensure as a Registered Nurse is required. 

At the completion of this program, students will be able to: 

  • Identify the role and responsibilities of the perioperative nurse 
  • Identify the components of the nursing process into the perioperative experience 
  • Apply principles of aseptic technique in the perioperative environment 
  • Discuss the process of disinfection/sterilization of instrumentation and equipment 
  • Describe aspects of safety in the perioperative setting 


Perioperative 101 Educational Tools 

  • Course content with goals and objectives
  • Required reading assignments
  • Recommended videos
  • Interactive learning reinforcement exercises
  • Video clips to demonstrate selected skills
  • Module post-tests
  • Final exam study guides
  • Proctored final exam with randomized questions
  • Clinical skills lab
  • Clinical objectives and competency assessment


Perioperative Nursing Job Outlook 

Perioperative Nursing is an exciting and rewarding area of nursing that requires nurses to have highly specialized knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive care to patients during the intraoperative period.  Surgical procedures are no longer just performed in a hospital setting, there are increasing numbers of procedures being performed in outpatient surgi-centers.  Despite these trends, content and clinical activities specific to perioperative nurses have been virtually eliminated from most undergraduate nursing curricula while the complexity of surgical client care has increased the demand for perioperative nurses. Today perioperative nurses are sought by operating managers throughout Massachusetts. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that job opportunities for all registered nurses, including those working in operating rooms, would grow by 16% from 2014 - 2024, which is faster than average for all occupations. 


Anna C. DaSilva DNP, MBA, RN,

Practicing Perioperative RN and leader for 24 years

 I began my leadership career at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in 2000 as an Assistant Nurse Manager of the OR, and then Nurse Manager of the OR for 13 years.  I currently work as the Director of Perioperative Services at Milford Regional Medical Center since 2013.  I graduated from Rhode Island College in 1994 with a BSN, received my Masters in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University in 2000 and in 2017 received my DNP from Regis College.  I worked both at Rhode Island Hospital and Sturdy Memorial Hospital as an Operating Room staff nurse.  I am a lifelong learner and wish to one day share my experiences and knowledge with other aspiring leaders in healthcare. 

I’m married and have one son who will be a sophomore in high school.  So far so good!  We also have the most obedient member of the family and loves us all unconditionally, our dog Gronky.  I enjoy hiking, all types of exercise and most importantly spending time with my wonderful family.




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