What is a Surgical Assistant?

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At American Surgical Professionals, we know that Surgical Assistants play a vital and important role in the delivery of health care inside the operating room. Many people, both in and outside of the medical field, do not fully understand the differences, in what capacity and to what extent the surgical assistant is utilized by the surgeon and the operating room team in general.

TMB – Texas Medical Board

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In Texas, certification with the TMB (Texas Medical Board) can take you a long way towards employment at ASP. A surgical assistant certified with any of the major agencies, as well as TMB, will be automatically placed into a higher priority.

IDFPR – Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

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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.

DORA – Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies

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In Colorado, our Surgical Assistants are registered with DORA (Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.) 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 Colorado, registered with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies as an SA

NSAA – National Surgical Assistant Association

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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)

ABSA – American Board of Surgical Assistants

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Our Surgical Assistant Certified’s (SA-C) are certified through ABSA (American Board of Surgical Assistants.) Typically, completion of this program consists of:

– Physician (US or Foreign Trained) with a minimum of two years primary or advanced surgical experience or documentation of at least 400 clinical surgical cases as a first assistant or
– PA/RN/LPN/CST/ST’s must provide documentation of successful completion of a formal surgical assisting training program with a curriculum approved by ABSA and an Associate’s Degree or higher and two-year’s clinical surgical work experience

NBSTSA – National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

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Our Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants are certified through NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.) Typically, completion of this program consists of:

– Diploma, certificate or associates degree from an accredited Surgical Technology program
– Board Certified with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) as a CST
– Where applicable, an active license in the state to which you will be assigned/working