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NASC Certification

Achieving certification acknowledges commitment to the highest standards of patient care and validates the specialized perioperative skills, experience, and knowledge the certificant has attained.


“Becoming CRNFA certified has been a hallmark of my perioperative nursing career. It is an indicator that I am a member of an elite group of individuals who have amassed a knowledge base that is comprehensive and accurate and assures that I can render superior patient care in my practice. It is a source of true pride in myself and my chosen profession.”
— CRNFA Certificant

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June 12

RNFA Scope of Practice, Standards of Practice, and Certification

When considering your role and the tasks and duties you perform as a registered nurse first assistant (RNFA), there are three areas you must understand. These are your scope of practice, standards of practice, and certification. Scope of Practice The RNFA scope of practice is determined by your state board of nursing and the facility […]

March 23

CRNFA Accreditation Status

Since 1992 the Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA) certification has been the premier credential for nurses in the expanded role of RNFA and remains so to this day. CRNFA was originally developed by the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) and was accredited as an exam-based credential. Maintaining accreditation for an exam-based credential requires statistical […]

January 13

New Certificants of 2022!

Please join us in celebrating these 47 new CRNFAs who have earned their certification by completing the CRNFA Professional Portfolio and 26 new RNAS-C who have passed the RNAS-C National Exam.

February 12


Please join us in celebrating these 130 new CRNFAs who have earned their certification by completing the CRNFA Professional Portfolio.

September 30

Professional Excellence through Certification

by Heather Kooiker The history of nursing and the Nightingale Pledge provide nurses with the foundation of science, innovation, evidence-based practice, continuous learning, and professionalism needed for optimal practice.  Each of these traits plays a significant role in why the majority of Americans respect nurses. America’s respect for nurses is evident by the results of […]

May 19

NASC is now on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn

Did you know you can keep up with the latest NASC news by following our social media accounts? We will always post the latest news on social media, so pick your favorite social media platform(s) and check in for our weekly postings.

November 16

CRNFA Job Analysis Task Force Meeting

Nine members of the RNFA community met in Denver in September 2019 to serve as Subject Matter Experts on the NASC Job Analysis Committee.

November 16

NASC Board of Directors

NASC is pleased to announce the appointment of our first Board of Directors. The board consists of six members from the RNFA community and one public member.

November 16

I am an RNFA. How do I get certified?

The certification body for RNFAs is the National Assistant at Surgery Certification (NASC). To become certified as an RNFA you must: