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About the Perioperative Nursing Training Course

Thank you for your interest in our peri-op 101 program

Peri-op 101 is not being offered for the spring 2021

Due to COVID related issues, we are unable to offer practicum site.

If you are interested in this program and want to be notified when it is offered please contact

Program Description: This 16-week program is designed to follow the AORN official peri-op 101 program which is the gold standard for novice RN education in the OR setting.  The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of theory and application for the RN interested in peri-op nursing.

  • This program has two on-site required classes which will be held on Saturdays with access to our new state of the art Carlin OR simulation suite
  • In addition to these classes, our instructor Dr. Thereza Ayad an experienced peri-operative nurse has designed a comprehensive teaching plan to identified required weekly readings and completion of online peri op modules.
  • A copy of the Alexander’s Care of the Surgical patient is included in the course tuition in addition to all simulation supplies
  • We will work with you to identify clinical practicum sites that are a fit for your career goals and level of nursing experience.  We do accept new graduates and may have been placed directly into OR positions after completion of our program.
  • The clinical practicum is typically two shifts per week from week 5-16 of our course
  • Students have access to all class materials via our Bb Learn course management software.

Program Cost: $3,000

What are the course topics?

Registered nurses taking the training course will cover the following topics: 

  • Anesthesia
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Endoscopic and MIS
  • Environmental Sanitation and Terminal Cleaning
  • Hemostasis, Sponges, and Drains
  • Medications and Solutions
  • Patient and Family Education
  • PeriAnesthesia Nursing
  • Perioperative Assessment
  • Perioperative Health Care Information Management
  • Perioperative Safety: Equipment Focus
  • Perioperative Safety: Introduction
  • Perioperative Safety: Patient Focus
  • Positioning the Patient
  • Preoperative Skin Antisepsis
  • Professionalism
  • Safe Use of Surgical Energy
  • Scrubbing, Gowning, and Gloving
  • Specimens
  • Sterile Technique
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Surgical Draping
  • Surgical Instruments
  • The Perioperative Environment
  • Transmissible Infection Prevention
  • Wound Closure
  • Wound Healing




Carlin Operating Room suite which is located in iCELS.
This simulation room equipped with OR instruments and supplies is utilized for both the Periop 101 and RNFA programs.

What are the course practicum requirements?

Acute care experience is strongly recommended, but new grads are welcome.
Before beginning the practicum, the following documentation is required:

  • Updated Immunization Record
  • Recent Flu Shot
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Proof of current BCLS certification
  • Current RN license
  • Proof of health insurance

Once enrolled in a course, the Graduate School of Nursing does not offer refunds.

Meet the Instructor

Thereza Ayad, DNP, RN, CNORThereza Ayad - Perioperative Nursing Training Course (Periop 101) - UMass Medical Graduate School of Nursing

Thereza has been in the operating room setting since 2001 and held various positions as a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Clinical Nurse Educator, and Nurse Manager all in the perioperative setting. Thereza has a BA in Anthropology, BSN in Nursing, MSN in nursing education and recently graduated with her DNP.


"Thereza was one of the most kind, patient and knowledgeable instructors I've encountered. Being able to see her during my clinical was an added bonus as she was always available to answer anything I asked. I'm so glad I took your course."

Mindy Vezeau, Periop 101 Student

"Professor Ayad is a wonderful teacher! She is patient, kind, and I fully enjoyed being her student."

Tina Hayat Benali, Periop 101 Student