Registered Nurse First Assist Graduate Certificate

This Program is No Longer Accepting Applicants

Gain the training and skills needed to assist in surgery. Expand your role from registered or advanced-practice nurse to registered nurse first assistant (RNFA). 

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the admission requirements before you begin. 

Why earn a registered nurse first assist (RNFA) graduate certificate?

  • As an RNFA, you'll earn more than RNs. The most recent AORN salary survey shows that RNFAs make 12.9 percent more than their peers.
  • Meet the criteria of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) for nurses who wish to practice in the RNFA role. 
  • In this one-year program, you’ll work with faculty, a surgeon and other members of the health care team. When you finish, you're eligible to take national exams and become a certified registered nurse first assistant (CRNFA).
  • Our hybrid classes, on-campus and distance-learning, can fit your schedule. We've designed this program for the working nurse.
Becoming an RNFA helps you advance in the health care field.

Helping you succeed

Make a smart investment in your future. Access financial aid and friendly support.

Immersive academics

Get ready to meet your next mentor. You’ll be prepared, confident and ready for your career.