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RN First Assist Course

REGISTRATION FOR N610 - Fall 2023 is open

 Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing


  • You must upload a copy/screenshot of you professional nursing license when you register for the class.

RN First Assist is made up of a two-course requirement: 

  • Fall – N610 
  • Spring – N611
    • *N610 is a prerequisite for N611

Thank you for your interest in the RN First Assist Course. 

  • 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. 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 UMass Chan 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)
  • Tuition:  
    • 23-24 Academic Year:
      • Registration fee: $30 
      • In State: $855 per credit
      • Out of State: $1168 per credit
      • Online Course: $854 per credit plus $25 per credit technology fee (N610 & N611 are each 3 credits)
      • For N611 - $132 Typhon Software Fee will be applied
      • After registering and receiving the payment notification email, payment must be made within 72 hours. 
  • Students are required to purchase the core curriculum for the RNFA (AORN) text
  • This program is open to BSN prepared RNs with a CNOR, advanced practice nurses or students currently in an advanced practice graduate program.

**Students are responsible for identifying a preceptor and securing a clinical placement

For more information, please contact Dr. Maureen Wassef, Director of Continuing Education at

Francis Sabas, DNP 2 ACNP student shares his day in a life as a student in the RNFA program.