NSAA – National Surgical Assistant Association

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Surgical Assistant (LSA, RSA, SA)


Our Surgical Assistants are certified through NSAA (National Surgical Assistant Association.) Typically, completion of this program consists of:

  • Associates Degree from a two or four-year institution or greater
  • Graduation from a CAAHEP accredited Surgical Assisting educational program, Registered Nurse First Assisting Program, Surgical Physician Assistant program or a full medical school (and recipient of a physician’s degree)
  • Board Certified by the National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA), National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) or the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA)
  • In Texas, licensing by the Texas Medical Board as an LSA is preferred
  • In Colorado, registered with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies as an SA
  • In Illinois, registered with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as an RSA

If you have any questions about this program, you may reach out to NSAA for more information at <a href="http://www.nsaa.net/index look at more info.php” target=”_blank”>nsaa.net. If you already hold this certification, and would like to speak with a representative of American Surgical Professionals about current career opportunities, feel free to reach out to us at www.amerisurg.com/contact/.

Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA)


Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA) accreditation typically has greater requirements. As such, CSA’s will normally be preferred to others (LSA, RSA, SA, etc.) Examples include:

  • Graduation from an accredited and NSAA approved Surgical Assisting educational program or
  • Medical Doctor/Doctor of Osteopathy/Foreign Medical Graduate with at least 2250 hours of first assisting in a surgical rotation or
  • RN/PA/CSFA/SA-C/OA-C certification along with certificate/proof of formal surgical assisting graining program, with at least 2250 hours of first assistant experience within the past three years or
  • United States Military Trained showing emphasis on surgical assisting and at least 125 first assisting cases