RN First Assistant

NURSING X 458.1

This program provides students a thorough grounding in principles and learn the intricate skills necessary to assume responsibilities in scrubbing, draping, retracting, exposing, clamping, ligating, and suturing.

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Spring
Classroom
Starting at $5,500.00
As few as 5 weeks
9.0
7.8

What you can learn.

  • Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (APRNs) can further their surgical and operating room careers as RN First Assistants (RNFA)
  • Acquire strong foundation in principles and intricate skills necessary in scrubbing, draping, retracting, exposing, clamping, ligating, and suturing
  • Understand the RNFA role, implementation of standardized procedures, hemostasis, wound healing, and closure
  • Understand principles of surgical emergencies, general surgery, urologic surgery, gynecologic surgery, anesthesia, and pharmacology
  • Attend 52 hours of lecture and laboratory plus a required independent preceptorship (120 hours)
  • Understand and prepare for the requirements for licensing exams

About this course:

The RN First Assistant (RNFA) Program consists of 52 hours of lecture and laboratory plus a required independent preceptorship. Practicing surgeons, clinical professionals, and perioperative nurse specialists provide participants with the knowledge and techniques essential for assuming the responsibilities of the RNFA. The RNFA's role is diverse, involving closed relationships with both surgeon and patient. Students receive a thorough grounding in principles and learn the intricate skills necessary to assume responsibilities in scrubbing, draping, retracting, exposing, clamping, ligating, and suturing. Topics include introduction to the RNFA role, implementation of standardized procedures, hemostasis, wound healing and closure, surgical emergencies, general surgery, urologic surgery, gynecologic surgery, anesthesia, and pharmacology. Required preceptorship: Preceptorships are arranged by the participants and vary in length dependent upon individual learning needs; requirements are reviewed during the first class. Students must successfully complete the preceptorship before receiving the certificate of completion. For more information go to the RN First Assistant Program Website.

Prerequisites for acceptance into the program:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • RN license
  • Two years of operating room experience in scrubbing and circulating

Board Certified/or eligible APRNs are also accepted into the program. Perioperative OR nursing experience is preferred. 

For APRNs who do not hold two years’ of operating room experience, please sign up for our one-day program, Basic Concepts and Skills of Perioperative Nursing for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), designed to clinically prepare you to function in the surgical arena. APRNs must also obtain national certification prior to the certificate of completion.

Preceptorships are arranged by the students for completion of the required 120 hours. The requirements for the preceptorship will be reviewed during the first class session. Successful completion of the preceptorship is required prior to the certificate of completion being awarded.

Additional requirements

  • Malpractice insurance must be obtained before beginning preceptorship
  • Basic life support provider certificate must be obtained before certificate of completion is awarded
  • CNOR must be obtained before certificate of completion is awarded.

1. Click the "Apply Now" button. You will be prompted to create a Student Account and Profile in order to complete the application.

2. Complete the application and pay the $100 application fee.

As part of the application, you will be asked to attach the following documents in PDF format:

  • RN license
  • Evidence of a baccalaureates degree in a related field
  • Curriculum vitae/resumé noting two years of operating room experience in scrubbing and circulating
  • Two letters of reference on official hospital letterhead from supervisors or surgeons knowledgeable about your competencies

Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive an email with instructions for paying the course fee, along with a packet of information on textbooks, supplies and equipment, and a hotel list of accommodations near the classroom. Please verify acceptance prior to making travel arrangements and purchasing required texts.

PLEASE NOTE

Application is Required

Students must apply and be accepted before enrolling in the program. 

Fall 2020 applications due by September 18 

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We must receive all your documents by September 18, 2020 to be considered for acceptance into the Fall 2020 program.
Incomplete application packets will not be accepted.

 

 

Fall 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Sunday, Friday, Saturday 8:00AM PDT - 5:00PM PDT
Location: UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
Instructor: Robert Salsameda
376316
Fee:
$5,500.00
74 days left. Enroll by Sep 18, 2020
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Notes

Open only to qualified applicants. For more information on application requirements, visit the RN First Assistant Program Website. Click "Add to Cart" to submit application.

$100 nonrefundable. Visitors not permitted.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 18, 2020
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Fri Sep 25, 2020
8:00AM PDT - 5:00PM PDT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center
Lecture
Sat Sep 26, 2020
8:00AM PDT - 5:00PM PDT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center
Lecture
Sun Sep 27, 2020
8:00AM PDT - 5:00PM PDT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center
Lecture
Fri Oct 23, 2020
8:00AM PDT - 5:00PM PDT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center
Lecture
Sat Oct 24, 2020
8:00AM PDT - 5:00PM PDT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center
Lecture
Sun Oct 25, 2020
8:00AM PDT - 5:00PM PDT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center

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