During the 12-week Perioperative Nursing Program, you'll typically work eight-hour days, five days a week. After completing the program, you'll begin individualized unit orientation with an assigned preceptor who works collaboratively with the unit-based educator. The average length of orientation with a preceptor is another 12 weeks.
After completing the courses and receiving a passing score on the comprehensive final exam, you'll be awarded 40 contact hours from the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. Perioperative nurses are eligible to take the perioperative certification exam after completing two years of perioperative nursing.