Approved Perioperative Topics for Contact Hours

To ensure the validity of this credential and its consistency with industry standards, we require 75 of the 125 required contact hours earned for CNOR recertification to be related to the specialty of perioperative nursing. Although the following is not an all-inclusive list, it provides a broad range of perioperative-related subjects:

Anatomy and physiology
AORN Congress programs
AORN Journal Home Studies
Critical thinking skills
Disease management (HIV, hepatitis, diabetes, etc.)
Discharge planning
Home healthcare management
Infection control
Leadership/supervisory skills
Legal issues
Nursing process
Pain management
Perioperative scope of practice
Pre-, intra-, and postoperative patient care (patient assessment)
Professional development
Recommended practices
Research posters
Surgical procedures
Technology Academic Credits

You may use academic credits to partially fulfill CNOR recertification requirements through the contact-hour method.
All academic credits MUST meet the following criteria to be accepted toward CNOR recertification:

  • Courses must be sponsored by an accredited educational institution, and each course must fulfill a requirement for a baccalaureate or higher degree.  Although you must take the course for credit, you needn't be enrolled in a formal degree program while taking the course. For each course, you must achieve a grade of C or better.
  • No more than half (62.5) of the 125 contact hours required for recertification can be earned through academic credits.When entering your academic credits into your contact hour database do not list more than the total of 62.5 or it will create an automatic audit of your entire recertification application which will delay processing of your recertification application.
  • Convert academic credits to contact hours using the following formula:
    • 1 semester hour equals 15 contact hours
    • 1 quarter hour equals 10 contact hours

CME Credits.  CNORs may submit Physician Category 1 CME (continuing medical education) credits in partial fulfillment of the contact hour requirement.  Each CME credit is worth 1.0 contact hour.  One half (62.5 CEs) of the required number of contact hours may be CME credits. 

We have taken into consideration the wide range of subject areas and programs related to surgical nursing while still maintaining our commitment to the foundation of this credential.
Note to use any ACLS, PALS, BCLS, or BLS courses you would have to have received a certificate of completion awarding you contact hours from an acceptable provider as well as your card. A copy of the certificate is required to be submitted via email, fax, or mail.