Surgical Assisting Technology

Note:  Surgical assisting technology is an advanced one-year certificate.  Candidates must possess specific credentials and previous work experience to apply to this program. Deadline to apply is May 15.

Surgical Assistants are highly skilled, credentialed surgical health professionals who work under the direction of a surgeon to help carry out a safe operation with optimal patient results.  Surgical Assistants are trained in surgery and undergo rigorous credentialing to practice in that role.

What job duties do Surgical Assistants perform?

  • Determine specific equipment needed for procedure
  • Review surgical permit to confirm procedure and special needs
  • Assist in preparation of the patient for surgery
  • Drape patient within surgeon’s guidelines
  • Assist with surgical procedure
    • Making initial incision (opening)
    • Exposing the surgical site (retracting)
    • Controlling bleeding (hemostasis)
    • Surgically removing veins and arteries (harvesting)
    • Reconnecting tissue (suturing)
    • Completing the operation and reconnecting external tissue (closing)
  • Select and apply wound dressings
  • Assist with resuscitation or other life threatening events in operating room


  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Surgical assistants are on their feet most of the day.  They may need to help move patients or left heavy trays of medical supplies or equipment.  They may be exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights or odors.
  • Most work full-time and are on call during nights, weekends, and holidays.  Surgical Assistants may work longer than eight hour shifts.

Cost may vary due to prior immunizations, level of immunity and current health coverage.

  • Castle Branch access-$35
    FBI/BCI- $70 [Good for 1 year/If expires before completion of program, must repeat-additional $70] Liability Insurance-$15
    1 set of dark gray scrubs for lab and clinical-$30-50
    ID Badge-$10
    Program Lab Supplies-$150
    Influenza shot-$30
    Physical/Visual Exam-$50
    Blood Titer for Hepatitis B, MMR, and Varicella-$300
    Hepatitis B 3 shot series of immunizations-$120
    MMR 2 shot series of immunization-$60
    Two step TB Test-$30
    Varicella 2 shot series of immunizations-$60
    TDaP immunization-$30
    White Lab Coat-$30-50
    Comfortable athletic shoes/Clogs [Closed toe and back]-$50-100
    Certification Exam-$190-290[NBSTSA] or $200-350[NSAA]

Estimated Additional Costs= $1,100.00