RNFA (Registered Nurse First Assist)

Program Description

Currently not accepting applications to this program.

The RNFA is a certified perioperative nurse (CNOR) who performs in an expanded role of Nursing as the first assistant in surgery. The role of RNFA incorporates preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care to the surgical patient. The following activities are within the scope of practice for the RNFA.

  • Physical assessment
  • Review of systems
  • History and physical
  • Preoperative assessment
  • Postoperative assessment
  • Tissue handling with instrumentation
  • Hemostasis
  • Suturing
  • Surgical site management
  • Team collaboration and mentoring
  • Patient and family teaching

The Lawrence Memorial/Regis College RNFA basic course is approved by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) and based on AORN’s Core Curriculum for the RNFA. Program faculty include masters prepared perioperative RNs, RNs who are either CNOR and RNFA or CRNFA, and Board Certified Surgeons


Program Prerequisites

  • Current RN licensure without provision in the state of practice
  • BCLS certification (ACLS preferred)
  • Minimum of 2 years perioperative experience
  • CNOR or CNOR eligible, with CNOR attained prior to completion of course
  • APN exempt from the CNOR
  • Certification with proof of successful completion of an advanced nurse practitioner or midwifery program and certified by a nationally recognized certification program
  • Professional liability insurance specific to RN First Assistant


Upcoming Course Schedules

Currently not accepting applications to this program.

For course schedules, please call 978-886-7032.


Supplementary Information

  • Didactic with suture lab presented on campus
  • Endoscopic simulation lab presented on campus
  • 175 hour clinical internship is arranged by the participant and surgeon


Contact Information


Regis College Professional Advancement Programs