Learn the skills you need to successfully support and treat patients before, during and after surgery.

The intraoperative time period (before, during and after surgery) brings with it unique challenges and risks for the patient. Successful patient outcomes depend upon a medical staff that is specifically trained to handle these challenges and risks.

This two-semester program is designed to provide registered nurses with the skills needed to provide comprehensive care to patients during the intraoperative period. Students will learn the theoretical concepts, principles and skills of perioperative nursing based on the standards and recommended practices established by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Per Credit
Total Cost*

* Based on the academic year 2019-2020. Cost per credit and total cost subject to inflation.

Why Earn a Certificate in Perioperative Nursing?

Perioperative nurses (also called surgical nurses or operating room 9OR) nurses), play a critical role in ensuring positive outcomes in patients who must undergo surgery. In addition to performing a number of important duties in the operating room, they carry out a number of essential tasks both pre- and post-op, including:

  • Understanding the patient's medical history and conditions, especially as they may impact the success of the surgery
  • Educating patients about recovery methods and pain management
  • Acting as a liaison between the medical team, patient, and the patient's family
  • Provide care as needed

Earning your certificate in perioperative nursing will prepare you for these duties and more, and set you up for a career where you can be sure you are having a real, meaningful impact on the lives of those you serve.

Program Curriculum

This blended program located at our Weston Campus with use of the labs at the Milford Regional Medical Center is comprised of 42 hours of classroom and online modules, 10 hours of skills lab, and 240 hours of mentored clinical experience, for a total of 6 credits. It will also include one-year of standard membership in AORN.

Perioperative Certificate Course Breakdown

Spring 2020


NU 607 Perioperative Nursing - blended course format (3 Credits)

Classes will be held at Regis's Weston campus.

  • Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • January 23 | February 13


Lab will be held at Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford.

  • Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • February 8| February 29 | March 14


NU 608 Perioperative Nursing Clinical Experience (3 Credits)

Held at various locations (TBD)

  • February 17 to July 23
  • The clinical hours will be scheduled between the Preceptor and the Student. Depending on the clinical site and preceptor weekend clinical hours may be an option.
  • Total of 240 clinical hours must be completed in approximately 16-18 weeks.
  • A minimum of 16 hrs/week is highly recommended

Program Outcomes

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

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

Educational Tools and Resources

In addition to traditional, in-person classroom education, students enrolled in the certificate in perioperative nursing will have access to a number of educational tools and resources designed to aid in the successful completion of the program, including:

  • 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

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to one of Regis College's nursing certificate programs, applicants must meet the following application requirements:

  • Minimum of an Associates Degree
  • Massachusetts RN license

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