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RNs Become RNFAs

As an LPN or LVN with Operating Room experience, you have a great scholastic background for Surgical Assistant training. You must provide official transcripts from your LPN program. Otherwise, you must meet the same requirements as on-the-job trained Surgical Techs. But with your medical background, you won’t need the additional preparatory training given to OJT techs. Click here to learn more.

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How to Become an RNFA

The ACE Surgical Assistant Program is great for RNs with Operating Room experience. But, if you are a Diploma Nurse or Associate’s Degree Nurse (ADN), you’ve probably felt excluded from becoming an RNFA unless you are willing to jump through some extraordinary and onerous hoops.

For example, to qualify for the CCI exam to become a CRNFA you must do every one of the following:

  • Have a valid RN license in the state where you practice
  • Complete a CCI accepted RNFA Program
  • Earn the CNOR title (Certified Nurse Operating Room)
  • Earn a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Log 2,000 hours as an RNFA

Even BSNs or RNs with higher degrees have chosen the ACE Surgical Assisting Program primarily because of the 6 days of hands-on, ‘surgeon-level’ training.

If you decide to take a CCI accepted RNFA program but don’t complete the other requirements, you can’t get certified as a first assistant anywhere! There are other nationally recognized certifying agencies for first assistants that would work better for you and respect your current educational achievements and experience.

For instance, compare the CCI eligibility requirements with those for the national certifying exam offered by the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA):

  • Have a valid RN license in the state where you practice
  • Complete the ACE Surgical Assistant Program (ABSA approved)
  • CNOR is welcome but not required
  • Bachelor’s Degree is welcome but not required
  • At least 2 years of OR experience (before enrolling in the ACE program)
  • Immediately eligible upon graduation from the ACE Surgical Assistant Program (no RNFA log required)

Is Becoming A CRNFA Worth It?

You’ve worked very hard to get where you are as an experienced OR Nurse. Judge for yourself whether or not CRNFA comes at too high a price at this stage in your career. It’s good to know you have options.

Once you pass the ABSA exam, you’ll be awarded the nationally recognized first assisting credential SA-C (Surgical Assistant – Certified). If you’re an ADN, here’s how you present your title: ADN, RN, SA-C. You may also call yourself an RNFA if you want to. RNFA is just a generic title standing for any RN who first assists in surgery. It’s not a title awarded by a school or a certifying agency.