Training Program for

Periop RN’s & NP’s

Become a formal RN First Assistant recognized by all 50 State Boards of Nursing, through the nation’s largest trainer, and get that “Dream Job!”

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Continuing Education

Credits Awarded


NIFA provides an acceptable RNFA program that meets all AORN Education Standards. The RNFA program is presented through institutionally accredited colleges recognized by the USDOE and CHEA and is associated with those college accredited nursing programs.

Over 85% of all RNFAs are NIFA® Trained

The National Institute of First Assisting, Inc. (NIFA) is the largest first assistant training program in the nation. Since 1998, NIFA’s RNFA training has specialized in distance learning for operating room RNs and novice to seasoned APRNs. Our training program is designed for registered nurses and advanced practice nurses who aspire to broaden their surgical skills and achieve their RNFA certificates that is recognized by all 50 boards of nursing. Due to the program’s high demand, it’s gained widespread recognition for its exceptional hands-on RNFA training.

Why Enroll In The RNFA+ Program?

Completing NIFA’s Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA+) program will provide exclusive and opportunistic benefits when you’re seeking to advance your career in the operating room.

Why is this program in such high demand? Because it will unlock a new door that leads to more career options for you to choose from. Here’s why you may consider enrolling as early as today:

  • AORN Salary Survey show RNFA’s make significantly more
  • Greater career satisfaction
  • Get more involved in what you love – surgery!
  • Work in the surgeon’s “inner circle”
  • More professional opportunities
  • Increased peer respect, confidence, and marketability
  • More schedule flexibility for better work/life balance


Why Choose NIFA RNFA+ Training?

  • Up to 30 times more hands-on labs, cut-to-close
  • Guarantee to master RNFA skills or retrain free of charge
  • Presented through accredited colleges throughout the country
  • Meets all AORN standards for RNFA education
  • Accepted by CCI since 1998 and now – NASC
  • Recognized by all 50 state BONs
  • NIFA offers the leading self-paced, online curriculum
  • Up to 121 CE’s awarded*
  • Expert 40-hours-per-week student support
  • Most students graduate within 5-7 months (2 years allotted)
  • Over 85% of RNFA graduates attend NIFA each year
  • NIFA graduates are the most sought-after RNFAs in the country
* NIFA is a licensed provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number CEP11471

Why Should Facilities Utilize RNFAs?

An RNFA works to achieve optimal outcomes for their patients by collaborating with the surgeon and members of the O.R. team. As healthcare continues to evolve, specialized roles like RNFA are increasingly in demand, making it a strategic time to invest in your perioperative career.

RNFAs are a More Versatile Asset in the Operating Room.

• Decrease turnover time • Increase employee flexibility and coverage • Increase consistency of service to surgeons • Increase level of patient assessment and satisfaction • Increase O.R. production/caseload • Increase surgeon productivity

Customize Your RNFA+ Program

4 options for you

Online RNFA Program with 3 or 5 Day SutureStar™ Workshop

Online RNFA Program with 3 Day Virtual Workshop

Online Only RNFA Program

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