The RNAS-C certification is conferred by NASC for a period of three years, at which time a certificant may seek recertification by points or by exam.
RNAS-C certification must be renewed every three years through continued development including practicing as an assistant at surgery, attending related education programs and conferences, reading and viewing related publications and media, and other related activities. Each activity is awarded points according to the table below. Cardholders must maintain at least 50 points per year for a three-year period, for a total of 150 points.
To Recertify by Points:
Recertification Point Allocation
|Category||Points||Max per year|
|Required: 500 clinical practice hours as an RNFA||25||25|
|Required: ACLS/BLS/CPR recertification.||5||5|
|Published author of surgical subject in a current medical professional journal or book.||15||15|
|Speaker of surgical subject at a national or regional medical conference or seminar.||15||15|
|Speaker at an O.R. or surgically-oriented conference or seminar.||15||15|
|Attendance at national medical conference or seminar related to surgery.||10||20|
|Attendance at regional medical conference or seminar related to surgery||5||10|
|Attendance at an O.R. or surgically-oriented hospital meeting, conference or seminar.||5||15|
|Reading professional medical journals related to surgery.||5||15|
|Viewing audio-visual educational materials related to surgery.||5||15|
|Completing college or university courses in medicine, the Sciences or other job-related studies that contain curriculum relevant to the Registered Nurse Assistant at Surgery role.||*TBD||*TBD|
|Completing college or university courses required for a degree in medicine, nursing or other job-related field. Courses must be required for the stated degree and can include but are not limited to: basic sciences, health sciences, English, foreign language, etc. Points can be awarded if relevant to the assistant at surgery role.||*TBD||*TBD|
Important notes: Clinical practice hours can include preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care. Clinical practice hours can be logged utilizing a NASC Surgical Procedure Case Log (as provided in this packet) or via computer report. If you send a computer log of surgical cases, it must not contain any personal patient information beyond the patient’s initials. Retain copies of all documentation for your own records.
* To be determined (TBD) points are allocated based on the subject matter and other factors after submission of proper recertification paperwork.
Certificants may choose to retake the RNAS-C exam to recertify their credentials. RNAS-Cs who are recertifying by exam are required to have 500 preoperative, intraoperative, or post operative clinical practice hours per year. Acceptable proof of practice hours is a log of practice hours or a letter from the surgeon(s) on letterhead verifying that the certificant has met the practice hour requirement.
To Recertify by Exam:
A percentage of recertification applications will be randomly selected for audit. However, if there is reason to believe there has been a breach in the integrity of the process by an individual seeking recertification, staff will also select those applications for audit.