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Apply for the CRNFA Exam

Required Application Information

To complete the application, the following information is required.

  • Personal contact information - address, e-mail, and phone number
  • Last four digits of social security number
  • Birth year
  • Highest degree earned
  • AORN membership number
  • Employer/facility name and phone number
  • RN license issue date, state licensed to practice
  • First assisting work history
  • Supervisor name, address, e-mail, and phone number
  • Payment information (credit card)

Required Supporting Documents

In addition to your online application, you must submit the following documents to CCI:

  • Copy of diploma awarding Bachelor’s degree
  • RNFA practice hour log
  • Copy of Certificate of Completion from an acceptable RNFA program 
  • Proof of completion of advanced practice program if applicable
  • Copy of Advanced Practice Nurse certification if applicable

RNFA Practice Hour Log

As part of the application process, you will have to submit an RNFA Practice Hour Log, demonstrating that you have met the practice hour eligibility requirement. For each procedure, please include the following information:

  • Date of procedure
  • Type of procedure
  • Initials of the surgeon you assisted 
  • Pre-op time
  • Intra-op time
  • Post-op time

For each page of your log, please total every column and then provide a grand total of the three columns.

Schedule and Take the CRNFA Exam

Once CCI has processed your CRNFA application and supporting documents, and determined that you have met all eligibility requirements, CCI will notify your via email to schedule your testing date and location.CCI works with Prometric, a professional testing service, to administer the CRNFA exam. Testing is available Monday through Saturday, except holidays, at hundreds of locations nationwide. You may pick the most convenient location and time in a 90 day testing window starting the month after the application is received. Learn about the ID requirements and see a list of items that are prohibited from all testing centers.

To locate the testing center closest to you, visit Competency and Credentialing Institute Testing and select "Locate a Test Center." If you are testing outside of the US, Prometric will make reasonable efforts to find a test center within-five hundred miles of your requested location.

You will have 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the 180 multiple choice questions on the exam. Candidates should plan on answering one question per minute. Your score on the examination is the total number of questions you answer correctly. It is to your advantage to answer each item even if you are not certain of the correct response. The questions test your ability to apply knowledge and skills to current RNFA practice. The format of the exam does not require previous computer experience.

You will receive your CRNFA results at the conclusion of the exam. The current passing score for the CRNFA exam is 620. The CRNFA exam is graded on a pass/fail basis. If you pass the exam, CCI will email your official CRNFA certificate within 7-10 days.

If you are not successful in passing the CRNFA exam, you will receive a Failed Score Report at the testing center. This report details the subject areas in which you are considered competent and those which need improvement. Use this information to identify the subject areas where you need additional preparation and consider when you would like to re-take the exam.

To retake the exam, you may apply any time after the end of your testing window. The retake fee is the same as the regular application fee.