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RN First Assist Course

Thank you for your interest in the RN First Assist Course. The target audience is for advanced practice nurses who would like to have a more comprehensive role in caring for their surgical patients.

RN First Assist Program, Fall 2021

  • Consistent with the guidelines put forth by the AORN, our program consists of two 3 credit graduate courses. 
  • The first, N610 is theory based and is offered as a blended course.  There are 3 live all day classes that take place on Saturdays (9/18, 10/23 & 12/4 with a snow date of 12/11). The live classes will emphasize a hands-on component of the weekly online modules.  Simulation exercises in our new Carlin OR simulation suite at the University of Massachusetts Medical school address sterile technique, identification of minor/major surgical instrumentation as well as elements of chole laparoscopy.  The last live class provides a suturing workshop. (3 credits)
  • The second course N611 is focused on the practicum experience.  Students are required to complete 270 hours with their identified preceptor(s).  The use of an online software, Typhon will allow to students to not only document their hours, but to document procedures and clinical experiences.  Weekly only exercises and reflection journaling are required to guide the student through this clinical experience. (3 credits)
  • Upon completion of these 2 courses (totaling 6 credits), additional hours working in the RNFA role are required for certification exam eligibility.
  • Tuition:  $775.00/credit
  • This program is open to BSN prepared RNs with a CNOR, advanced practice nurses or students currently in an advanced practice graduate program.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of intention with a current CV to