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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:

  • Be a graduate of an acceptable RNFA program.
  • Hold RN licensure in the state where you are practicing
  • Hold CNOR certification (requirement is waived for Advanced Practice nurses)

NASC offers two RNFA certifications:

  1. RNAS-C 
    In addition to the above eligibility requirements, to apply for RNAS-C you must:

    1. Hold a current CPR, ALS, or BCLS certificate.
    2. Submit a log showing at least 120 intraoperative hours practicing in the RNFA role. (You may use hours practiced during the clinicals of your RNFA program).

Note: RNAS-C is a 3-year certification. If you have recently completed an RNFA program, you may consider applying for RNAS-C now. Then you will be certified for 3 years as you earn the 2,000 hours required for CRNFA certification.

  1. CRNFA
    In addition to the above eligibility requirements, to apply to CRNFA you must:

    1. Hold a bachelor’s degree (in any field) or higher.
    2. Be currently employed as an RNFA.
    3. Submit a log showing at least 2,000 clinical hours practicing in the RNFA role. Hours may include preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative duties. 

Note: CRNFA is a 5-year certification. If you hold CNOR, your CNOR will automatically be renewed when you earn your CRNFA certification. When you renew your CRNFA, your CNOR will automatically be renewed with no extra expense or effort on your part.

How do I apply for RNFA certification?

To apply for RNFA certification, click the “Login” link at the top of this page, then click the orange “Register as an Applicant” button to create your online account. After you create your account, you will have access to the online RNAS-C or CRNFA certification application.

This guide includes handy checklists to check your eligibility and gather your documents before you apply.  
This guide includes handy checklists to check your eligibility and gather your documents before you apply.   This guide includes handy checklists to check your eligibility and gather your documents before you apply.
 
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4 Comments

  • Daniel Estille says:

    I received an email a few days ago and it mentioned the test for CRNFA was ending. I am about 4 or 5 months away from certifying. The email said the certification would now be by professional portfolio. Is there any place I can find more info about this or can you send me some??? Thanks

    • Julia Johnson says:

      Hi Daniel,
      Thank you for your inquiry. We will be adding information about the professional portfolio to our website as it becomes available. The last day to apply to take the exam is October 31, 2020 and the last day to take the exam is December 31, 2020. When you apply in 4-5 months from now, you will be certifying by portfolio.

  • NY RNFA says:

    Hello! I have been a practicing RNFA for 2 years now. I am just now researching how to become certified and wasn’t aware of the new process. I have not been logging my hours/cases as an RNFA for the past two years…do I have to start over? What would you suggest..?

    • Julia Johnson says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      Often applicants are able to get a printout of their hours from their facility. Is that an option for you?

      NASC Customer Service

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