Registered Nurse - First Assistant - 921
Enhance your nursing skills!
Learn the advanced technical requirements to function effectively as a RN First Assistant throughout a patient’s surgical experience.
Designed for experienced perioperative RN nurses, this program is comprised of part-time online learning, a full-time independent learning component and a clinical internship.
RNFA’s can perform duties during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care stages.
You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.
If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
NOTE: The laboratory practice component will be held in Hamilton. Visit the Additional Information tab for more details.
Admission & Registration
In order to be eligible for this program, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- NOTE: Effective 2020 a degree is required for admission
- Current RN/PN license to practice with the College of Nurses in the province in which you intend to complete the final internship
- Minimum of 5 years current perioperative nursing experience (full-time or equivalent)
- Canadian Nurses Association National Certification CPN(C) or CNOR equivalent
- Current BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
- Current ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) Certification
- Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada membership
- Letter of support from your Clinical Manager
- Letter of intent to mentor from the Surgeon(s).
There is no application process for this program. You can begin by registering for the first course – NRSG10039, RNFA Theory 1. After registration, you must send an email to cehealth [at] mohawkcollege.ca and provide documented proof that you meet all of the admission requirements.
Program of Studies
The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing .
Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.
Visit the Mohawk College Bookstore Textbook Search (opens in new window) for information on textbooks.
A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.
|Register||Course number||Course title||Course Hours|
|N/A||NRSG10039||RNFA Theory 1||49.00|
|N/A||NRSG10040||RNFA Theory 2||49.00|
|Register||CLIN10042||RNFA Surgeon Mentored Internship||175.00|
|Register||CLIN10046||RNFA Independent Internship||50.00|
|N/A||NRSG10041||RNFA Laboratory Practice||60.00|
|RNFA Theory 1||X|
|RNFA Theory 2||X|
|RNFA Laboratory Practice||X|
|RNFA Independent Internship||X|
|RNFA Surgeon Mentored Internship||X|
Courses in this program are delivered through eLearn, Mohawk's Learning Management System. Students will not have access to their courses until the scheduled start date.
Please use the link below for more information on how to access your eLearn course, as well as our eLearn guide.
Find your textbook here: Textbook Search
Frequently Asked Questions
Preclinical / Clinical Information
Students preparing for Clinical Placement should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage for details and information on the process.
The didactic component / laboratory practice will be held in Hamilton (60 hours total). Accommodations are the responsibility of the student.
The Surgeon Mentored Internship will require a surgeon sponsor for the hospital of your choice. The clinical time will include intraoperative time with the surgeon.
The Independent Internship will include time where you will attend clinics, pathology, radiology, infection control and patient hospital visits.