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Preparation & Review for Certification Exam

The American Board of Surgical Assistants has instituted an approval system for formal educational programs and examination preparation and review, for surgical assistant certification, as a Surgical Assistant – Certified (SA-C). The goal of this approval system is to recognize those programs that are operating substantially in compliance with the educational standards developed by The American College of Surgeons (ACS) for this talented profession and those of the American Board of Surgical Assistants.

Definitions of a Surgical Assistant:

The American Board of Surgical Assistants defines First and Second Assistants as follows:

First Assistant

The first assistant on a surgical procedure is defined as the individual providing primary assistance to the primary (main) surgeon, during a surgical procedure. This individual cannot be involved in any other role or function, during the surgical procedure (i.e. first or second scrub and/or passing instruments). This individual must also be listed on the operative record as the first assistant, not as a first or second scrub!

Although descriptions may vary from institution to institution, the role of the first assistant requires active participation, during the surgical procedure. This involves providing exposure, hemostasis, tying or sewing plus other functions (excluding acting as the scrub nurse or technician) as determined
by the primary surgeon, responsible for the patient and procedure. 

TRSAS Eligibility Requirements:

► 1.Physicians (U.S. or Foreign Trained), PA's, RN's, CST's must provide documentation of Successful completion of Formal Surgical Assisting Training School.

► 2. One year of current operating room scrub assisting experience.

► 3. Received an Eligibility letter from the ABSA to sit for there Exam.

► 4. Current CPR/BLS or ACLS certification.

► 5. Then you can apply for Prep & Review course with TRSAS.

Proposed Curriculum & Length:

This Certification Preparation and Review is intended to be a graduate level, advanced course for experienced operating room professionals who desire to become certified as a Surgical Assistant – Certified (SA-C), by the American Board of Surgical Assistants. Because the surgical assistant is likely to be concurrently employed in an operating room or surgical environment; Sponsoring institutions are strongly encouraged to offer this curriculum course, to their surgical assisting staff.

TRSAS has provided and 60 hours of preparation for the ABSA Certification Examination for the Surgical Assistant – Certified. The candidates will meet three (3) times during the week and on some Saturdays.

The review course will consist of the following:

► 1. Three weeks of class time

► 2. Those who are advance, may only need Two or One week

► 3. Generalized group quiz reviews

► 4. Medical and surgical terminology

► 5. Personalized One-on-One reviews

This review will provide detailed explanations of every question and build confidence, for the Certification Examination! The American Board of Surgical Assistants has demonstrated that candidates taking this type of review course typically score, on an average, ten (10) percentage points higher than those candidates not taking a formal review.

Our review contains over 800 questions, answers and explanations covering the very comprehensive ABSA Certification Examination. Our program employs a detailed system which provides the candidate with greater ease and flexibility, in studying the content areas most important to them. The review for the ABSA Certification Examination for the Surgical Assistant – Certified also includes detailed photos, graphics, x-rays and other radiographs, seen on the examination.

Finally, we acknowledge that the role and function of a surgical assistant is to assist the surgeon, in the performance of a surgical procedure. It is understood and acknowledged that certification as a surgical assistant through the ABSA (SA-C) does not allow for any independent performance of any medical or surgical procedures, within the United States of America or its territories. The physical safety and psychological well being of the surgical patient is maintained by performance of routine and delegated advanced duties, as a Surgical Assistant, according to standards and policies, of the healthcare facility.