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Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA)  

This course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue the position as a Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA).

During Course 1, the student completes home-study instruction on multi-specialty surgery and the safe practice of preoperative through postoperative care, within the scope of practice of an RNFA. Operating room principals, practices, guidelines and standards will be explored. Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology are reviewed and supplemented by an in-depth study of those organs and structures that relate to a wide variety of surgeries. Step-by-step surgical procedures are studied, along with related knowledge and skills to safely perform a variety of surgeries and ensure optimum patient outcomes. Pre, post and intraoperative testing, procedures, complications and considerations are explored. Pharmacology, anesthesia, special equipment and pre and postoperative routines will be covered.

During Course 2, the expanded intraoperative functions unique to the RNFA are emphasized and include, providing exposure, tissue handling, suturing, providing hemostasis and using surgical instruments. Manual dexterity of surgical skills and intellectual knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pre, intra and postoperative considerations are combined to prepare the qualified student with essential skills and knowledge necessary to function in this expanded role.

• CERTIFICATES are awarded to students by BMCC for successful completion of RNFA Program.

Questions regarding this course please contact NIFA at 800-922-7747

Mon - Fri 8am – 4pm MST

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