Registered Nurse - First Assistant - 921
|RNFA Theory 1||X|
|RNFA Theory 2||X|
|RNFA Laboratory Practice||X|
|RNFA Independent Internship||X|
|RNFA Surgeon Mentored Internship||X|
This program is comprised of part-time, online independent study, a full-time didactic component and a clinical internship.
The program is offered online through our Elearn platform in terms 1 & 2.
In term 3, students complete a 60 hour laboratory experience at the Mohawk college campus (dates TBA- accommodations will be the student's responsibility) , a 50 hour Independent Internship, and a 175 hour surgeon mentored internship.
Please see the Admission & Registration tab for information on requirements to begin this program.
Course descriptions can be found in the "program of studies" section.
Admission & Registration
In order to be eligible for this program, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- Current RN license to practice with the College of Nurses in the province of 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 2017/18 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|
|Register||NRSG10040||RNFA Theory 2||49.00|
|N/A||CLIN10042||RNFA Surgeon Mentored Internship||175.00|
|N/A||CLIN10046||RNFA Independent Internship||50.00|
|N/A||NRSG10041||RNFA Laboratory Practice||60.00|
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.