Basic Concepts and Skills of Perioperative Nursing for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)


This course is a perioperative nursing prerequisite course designed to clinically prepare APRNs (NPs, CNMs, CNS, and Nurse Anesthetists) to function in the surgical arena and to be admitted to the RN First Assistant program.


What you can learn.

  • Understand and practice sterile technique and parameters of the sterile field
  • Understand the principles of aseptic technique as applied to scrubbing, gowning, and gloving
  • Learn the surgical hand scrub procedure
  • Identify the sterile areas and correct methods for donning and removing gowns and gloves
  • Learn basic techniques for draping patients
  • Identify the four major categories of surgical instruments

About this course:

An introductory eight-hour perioperative nursing course designed to clinically prepare the APRN planning to function in the surgical arena. This program is directed toward APRNs (NPs, CNMs, CNS, and Nurse Anesthetists) who lack the experience in perioperative patient care needed to be admitted to the RN First Assistant Program. Lecture and practicum topics include: Pre- and post-operative care Aseptic technique Scrubbing, gowning, and gloving Surgical instruments Surgical conscience Creating and maintaining a sterile field Positioning the patient Equipment and product safety General concepts of anesthesia Use of perioperative medications
The CCI accepted UCLA Extension RNFA program requires applicants to have two years of OR experience. This course is designed for nationally certified/eligible APRN without two years of OR experience. Upon completing this course, APRNs become eligible to apply for the UCLA Extension RNFA program. 

This program is sponsored in part by Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Nursing Education Department, an American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

Program Instructors:

  • Robert Salsameda, MSN, RN, NP-C, CRNFA
  • Jennifer Estrella, MSN, RN, NP-C, RNFA
  • Laura Licea, MSN, RN CNOR, CSSM, HACP
  • Nancy Rove, BA, RN, CRNFA
  • Rob Salsameda, Certified Surgical Technologist


Two nurses and a doctor in the operating room

RNFA Program

Upon completing this course, join us for the 6-day Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) program to build the knowledge and techniques essential for assuming responsibilities of an RNFA.

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