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Introduction to Perioperative Principles



Thank you for your interest in our Introduction to Perioperative Principles program

If you are interested in this program and have questions please contact

Introduction to Peri-operative Principles.

This course is offered fully online (via Blackboard Learning System) and integrates the AORN peri-op 101 core curriculum with weekly online assignments and skills practice via remote learning.  This 15-week course concludes with the peri-op 101 final exam, and all learners receive a copy of the Alexander’s Guide to Perioperative Nursing as well as supplies to practice basic skills.  Opportunities to virtually meet with the instructor are available throughout the course.

This program is recommended for the Registered Nurse who has an interest in peri-operative nursing practice.

Cost: $3,000

Course will be offered in Fall 2021, September 7th - December 15th

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