Cart / Checkout

Confirm Your Eligibility and Review Policies

Download the CRNFA Practice Hour Log

Excel spreadsheet

PDF

CRNFA Candidate Handbook

The CRNFA Candidate Handbook outlines the CRNFA certification process in detail and includes a listing of all relevant policies. Review the CRNFA Candidate Handbook prior to moving on to the next step. 

CRNFA Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Upon successful completion of the exam, the CRNFA credential is awarded of a five year period. If held, the CNOR credential is merged to the CRNFA credential. Eligibility requirements to sit for the CRNFA exam include: 

  • Current, unrestricted RN licensure in the country where currently practicing.
  • Currently hold a CNOR credential or be an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) certified in the specialty at the time of application.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any field. A copy of the diploma must accompany the application.
  • Currently working full time or part time as an RNFA
  • A minimum of 2,000 documented hours of practice as an RNFA. Hours may include preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative patient care, defined as:
    1. Preoperative Phase: Begins when the decision for operative and/or invasive procedure is made and ends when patient enters the operating room.
    2. Intraoperative Phase: Begins when the patient enters the operating room and ends when the patient leaves the operating room.
    3. Postoperative Phase: Begins when the patient leaves the operative room and ends with the resolution of the surgical sequelae.
  • Pre-, intra-, and postoperative care do not have to be for the same patient.
  • The 2,000 hours may include practice in an RNFA internship or practicum but may not include attendance of classes, programs or seminars.
  • 500 of the required 2,000 hours must be in the two years immediately preceding application.
  • At least 1,000 hours must involve first assisting practice during the intraoperative period.
  • Completion of an acceptable formal RNFA program. A copy of the certificate of completion must accompany the application.

Eligibility Requirements for Advanced Practice Nurse (CNS, NP, CNM, CRNA) to sit for the CRNFA examination include the following:
  • Master, doctoral, or post-master’s certificate in an advanced practice program
  • A transcript of completed program must accompany application.
  • Certified as an advanced practice nurse by a nationally recognized certification program.
  • Current, unrestricted RN licensure in the country where currently practicing.
  • Currently working full time or part time as an RNFA.
  • A minimum of 2,000 documented hours of practice as an RNFA. Hours may include preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative patient care.
  • Completion of an acceptable formal RNFA program. A copy of the certificate of completion must accompany the application.