Registered Nurse First Assist Program – Cardiac

At this time this program is on hold and we are not accepting applications.

This program is designed to provide the advanced knowledge and clinical skills necessary to prepare the experienced operating room nurse to practice in collaboration with, and at the direction of, the surgeon during the intraoperative phase of the perioperative experience. The advanced intraoperative competencies necessary for this role include: handling soft tissue, wound exposure, using instruments, suturing and knot tying and providing hemostasis.


The Registered Nurse First Assistant Program is delivered using print-based materials via distance education. It includes four self-learning modules, 200 hours of clinical practice and a research paper. Clinical placements will be accommodated within the student’s geographic region where possible.

Program Completion

This program has received full approval from the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Students can complete the program at their own pace, but must complete the program within one year.

Students who have successfully completed the program are awarded a certificate of completion from the Centre for Nursing Studies.

The program is offered based on employer request and support of the preceptored clinical experiences.

The Centre for Nursing Studies offers Prior Learning Recognition (PLAR) as a service to students who feel they may have achieved learning through previous knowledge and experience.


To apply for this program, please complete the RN First Assistant Registration Form (PDF).

For further information and registration materials, please contact:

Stephanie Barrington
Centre for Nursing Studies – Continuing nursing studies secretary
Southcott Hall, 100 Forest Rd.
St. John’s, NL A1A 1E5
Telephone: 709-777-8162
Toll Free: 1-888-290-6272
Fax:  709-777-8176

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Last updated: 2024-04-25