Take the Next Step Toward BECOMING A FIRST ASSISTANT
Now that you’ve been working as an operating room registered nurse (RN) or advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), you realize that you want to do more in a surgical career. The registered nurse first assistant program is one of our Advanced Technical Certificate Programs (ATC) offered in Panama City, Florida, and prepares RNs for assisting the surgeon during surgery. Graduates will meet the program completion requirements to sit for the RNAS-C and CRNFA certification examination provided all other minimum requirements by the National Assistants at Surgery Certification (NASC) are met.
Getting your RNFA certificate in nursing is an important way to fast-track your career into the Surgical Department.
- The program consists of 9 college credits (3 classes). Upon successful completion of all courses with a C or better you are awarded an advanced technical certificate (ATC). If you are CNOR certified or are CNOR eligible, you can submit your CNOR certification for external credit for the first class.
- This program is listed on the National Assistants at Surgery Certification (NASC) web page as the only RNFA program in Florida. The program meets all the AORN and NASC requirements for the core curriculum. In addition, we are associated with our accredited nursing programs including the RN to BSN and ADN programs.