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Registered Nurse First Assistant

Program Overview

This is a post-master’s certificate program designed for certified advanced practice registered nurses with little or no perioperative nursing experience who wish to become an RN First Assistant (RNFA) at surgery. The program meets the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Standards for RN First Assistant Education Programs and is based on the Core Curriculum for RNFAs. 

Course List

NUR 6309 Role of the RNFA (3-0-0): This course focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse as a Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA). The content utilizes the RNFA Core Curriculum to introduce the advanced practice nurse to the operating room environment and to the RNFA role. Emphasis is placed on surgical anatomy and physiology, principles of asepsis, surgical hazards, first assisting techniques, and scope of practice.

NUR 6401 RNFA Practicum (0-0-12): A guided clinical experience to acquire skills to function as a first assistant in surgery. Students will engage in supervised clinical activities and complete a surgical first assisting log. Case studies and independent learning activities will be required. Four semester credit hours will be received for validated documentation of 180 clock hours of internship in a clinical setting.

RNFA Admission Requirements

  • Hold licensure in your state of residence as an advanced practice registered nurse (NP, CNS, CNM) or be a registered nurse who holds a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and is eligible to sit for advanced practice certification exam
  • CPR, BCLS or ACLS (preferred) certification
  • Proof of required immunizations
  • Proof of liability insurance prior to beginning clinical practicum
  • Proof of clinical privileges as an RNFA student prior to beginning clinical practicum

Steps for Admission

  1. Submit an application to the College of Graduate Studies (as a non-degree additional certification student).
  2. Submit official transcripts to the ASU College of Graduate Studies.
  3. Submit a copy of CNOR certification to the Department of Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences.
  4. Complete and submit the RNFA Application Form
  5. Complete and submit the RNFA Verification of Eligibility
  6. Complete and submit the Student Immunization Record