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An operating room nurse represents the Perioperative 101 Certificate program at Curry CollegePerioperative 101 is a non-credit six-month certificate preparation program that prepares RNs to sit for certification through Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).  The program is delivered in a hybrid format, combining in-class and online learning activities.  The AORN has developed a full curriculum designed to meet the national standards established for this role.  A certification in perioperative nursing gives professional nurses the necessary experience and knowledge to succeed in this practice area.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that job opportunities for all registered nurses, including those working in an operating room, would grow by 16% from 2014-2024, which is faster than average for all occupations. The mean annual wages for registered nurses in 2019 was $77,460.

Are you working within a healthcare system that is anticipating a shortage of perioperative nurses?  If so, contact your Nursing Leaders, we would be happy to arrange a financial agreement with your Institution.

Please note the following for the 2021-2022 academic year:
Students will be required to adhere to the immunization policies of the agency in which they are placed or employed. Additionally, any COVID-19 vaccine requirements set by the college and/or mandated by the affiliating clinical agency must be adhered to. Please be aware that affiliating clinical agencies may have vaccine requirements different from Curry College and may not exempt any clinical students from mandatory vaccination requirements in their facilities or organizations. 

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  • New graduate nurses seeking a career in perioperative nursing
  • Novice perioperative nurses
  • Experienced nurses switching specialties
  • OR nurses returning to work after an extended absence
  • Experienced nurses without formal, didactic education seeking to improve their perioperative skills

As surgical care advances, so does the scope of nurses' responsibilities. Operating Room (OR) nurses are now referred to as Perioperative Registered Nurses to more accurately reflect their duties immediately before, during, and after surgery. Perioperative registered nurses are relied on for their professional judgment and critical thinking skills. They work closely with the surgical patient, family members, and other health care professionals. Perioperative RNs plan, implement, and evaluate treatment of the patient.

As a Registered Nurse, there is no better way to prepare for the growing demands of the dynamic workplace than to further your education. Learning has no age limit. Here are some of the reasons you may want to pursue the perioperative certificate:

  • Supports career advancement and broadens career options in nursing
  • Enhances personal and professional growth
  • Improves critical-thinking skills
  • Provides opportunity to demonstrate mastery of nationally recognized nursing standards and evidence-based practices

Perioperative 101 Certificate candidates must hold an RN license. 

  • The next cohort begins September 22, 2021

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