Common Questions about our Surgical Assistant Program
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What is the difference between RASA 282 and RASA 284?
The two online, home-study modules are exactly the same for the two programs. The difference is in Module 3 – the clinicals.
282: Single Specialty Surgical Clinical Cases – cases can be completed in 1 or more specialty.
284: Multi-Specialty Surgical Rotations (20 cases in General Surgery, with the remaining cases divided between a minimum of two or more surgical specialties).
The RASA 284 Program is the program most of our students will complete. The clinicals are multi-specialty in 284; however, we understand that there are instances where students are unable to complete clinicals in more than one specialty. For instance, a student may have trouble completing clinicals in more than one specialty if a student works at a specialized surgery center. We created the RASA 282 program for those students, so they can attain a formal surgical assisting education and have a path to get nationally certified.
How can RASA keep it’s tuition costs so low?
I was trained by my hospital or don't have my CST, can I still attend?
If you do not have formal ST training there are four courses we may require you to take along with the SA program. We may require you to take any of the below courses that you have not already completed:
- Medical Terminology (available through RASA)
- Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology (available through RASA)
- Microbiology (available through RASA)
- Pharmacology (available through RASA)
When do classes start after I enroll?
We have open enrollment with start dates on the 1st of every month! Within 5 days of submitting your application you will be notified of the approval decision. If you have not heard from us within that time, please contact us! We may not have received your application, but would love to have you in the program.
After applications are approved, we send online access, notify you of your start date for the program and mail your Wound Closure Home Practice Lab.
Do you have to complete a CAAHEP-accredited program to get certification?
Accreditation organizations are intended to set policies, procedures and standards to protect the public. In general, RASA believes that accreditation is beneficial; however, sometimes it can impose guidelines that are difficult to meet, and can even set an industry backwards. Very few facilities require CAAHEP accreditation to practice. Facilities tend to be more interested in certification.
Check with your facility. If there are not specific requirements, you get the same great training for less than half the cost, and you are still eligible to sit for national certification through the American Board of Surgical Assistants for the the SA-C title.
Where and when do I attain the clinical cases needed for this program?
Will I be required to obtain multi-specialty surgical cases?
Teaching a multi-specialty curriculum is the standard for first assistant training programs; however, multi-specialty clinical cases are not required. Multi-specialty clinical experience is recommended, but we understand that many of you do not have the option to complete cases in many specialties. Our curriculum teach you major cases for each specialty, so you will be well prepared for your certification exam.
We do recommend students complete the RASA SA 284 multi-specialty program if able.
I know I am required to have a surgeon sponsor me, but I work with 2 other surgeons. Can I count those hours too?
Which cases may I log?
Why attend RASA’s Surgical Assisting program and not another?
The Royal Academy of Surgical Assisting will disclose all costs upfront, leaving no hidden fees or unadvertised costs. We also provide convenient payment plans to meet most any budget (call for details).
Approval and Certification:
The Royal Academy of Surgical Assisting is approved by the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA) and upon successfully completing the program, you will be able to sit for the SA-C National Certification.
How do I get started?
Start by contacting RASA at (866)509-9302 or info@RASAtraining.com to verify your eligibility. After you have read the program materials and we have answered all your questions, submit the enrollment application, along with the required documentation and payment. When we verify that all requirements have been met, we will promptly email you access to the online eCampus web portal for the home-study portion of the program and a start date. We will also ship your Wound Closure Training System™, shortly after your start date, so you can begin mastering your suture and tying skills!
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