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The Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) Subspecialty course work prepares nurses  to be prepared to work in collaboration with surgeons to perform delegated medical functions during the intraoperative phase of patient care. Courses are taken  to become a Registered Nurse First Assist for the adult population. 

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Registered Nurse First Assist Subspecialty Courses

 
The Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) Subspecialty courses require 9 total hours, 3 didactic and 6 clinical hours (180 contact hours). Clinical practica are designed so that students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and practice experiences to develop the competencies. NFA 621 requires a day on campus surgical lab. Students who start course work in the fall semester will take three semesters to complete the program.

Orientation and Intensives

 
Students are required to visit the UAB School of Nursing campus in Birmingham, AL.

 

Certification and Licensure

 

Once students successfully complete the course work, they have successfully obtained the educational requirements necessary for the national certification. The Association for Perioperative Room Nurses and the Competency and Credentialing Institute requires 2000 hours to be eligible for the Registered Nurse First Assistant certification. The practica courses in this program of study count toward these hours. The UAB School of Nursing is approved by the Association for Perioperative Room Nurses and the Competency and Credentialing Institute to offer the RNFA program. Individual states have different requirements regarding licensure for advanced practice nurses. You will need to contact your state’s board of nursing to learn about specific requirements.


For more information:

 

Tracie White, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CNOR, CRNFA
Specialty Course Coordinator
205-934-6653 | twhite220@uab.edu 

 

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The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).