In Illinois, Registered Surgical Assistants (RSA) are certified with IDFPR (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.) Typically, completion of this program consists of:
a) Certification of completion from a medical education program approved by the Division, or has graduated from a United States Military Program that emphasizes surgical assisting. The following applicants are considered from an approved program:
1) Individuals who are graduates of a National Surgical Assistant Association approved program of surgical assisting. The category shall include certificate programs, an associate degree or higher, and formal hospital based programs for surgical assisting.