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About NASC

Certification through NASC demonstrates a proven level of achievement and practitioner knowledge as well as a desire for excellence.

The mission of the National Assistant at Surgery CertificationTM (NASC) is to advance the quality of RN first assistant practice and surgical assistant practice by providing a national credentialing process to validate competency based on professional standards. As the administrator of multiple credentials, NASC establishes and measures through its credentialing program whether an individual has acquired the level of knowledge required to be granted professional certification.

The CRNFA® certification exam is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and updated regularly, ensuring that certificants have the most job-relevant knowledge and skills. The RNAS-C® certification exam was established to promote a certification pathway for first assistant graduates from formal college programs. CRNFA and RNAS-C candidates must have completed an acceptable RNFA program to apply to take the exam. Acceptable programs for CRNFA eligibility are those programs that are in compliance with AORN recommendations. The AS-C™ certification exam was established to assure surgical assistant competency.

NASC is solely responsible for all decisions regarding its certifications (CRNFA, RNAS-C, AS-C), including candidate eligibility, acquisition and audit of recertification requirements, and renewal, denial, or revocation of a credential.