RN First Assist (RNFA) Program

This program is designed to provide the advanced knowledge and clinical skills necessary to prepare the experienced operating room nurse to practice in collaboration with, and at the direction of, the surgeon during the intraoperative phase of the perioperative experience. The advanced intraoperative competencies necessary for this role include: handling soft tissue, wound exposure, using instruments, suturing and knot tying and providing hemostasis.


The Registered Nurse First Assistant Program is delivered using print-based materials via distance education. It includes four self-learning modules, 200 hours of clinical practice and a research paper. Students will be ccommodated in their own geographic region if possible.

Program Completion

This program has received full approval from the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland.

Students can complete the program at their own pace, but must complete the program within one year.

Students who have successfully completed the program are awarded a certificate of completion from the Centre for Nursing Studies.

The program is offered based on employer request and support of the preceptored clinical experiences.

The Centre for Nursing Studies offers Prior Learning Recognition (PLAR) as a service to students who feel they may have achieved learning through previous knowledge and experience.

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For further information and registration materials contact:

Centre for Nursing Studies
Continuing Nursing Studies
Southcott Hall
100 Forest Rd.
St. John's, NL
A1A 1E5
Telephone: (709) 777-8162
Toll Free: 1-888-290-6272
Fax: (709) 777-7324
E-mail: barbara.peters@mun.ca