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2 Focused SA Programs (single specialty or multi-specialty),
4 Basic Science Courses
Students who have completed a formal Surgical Technologist program do not need to complete the basic science courses. Students who were trained on-the-job or who have been working as as ST without formal training are required to provide proof of successful completion of these college level basic science courses.
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology
We offer total distance learning Surgical Assisting programs and training for the following disciplines who meet our entrance requirements listed below by medical title.
Allied Health and Advanced Practice Professionals
These students will likely be able to start the SA program right away without taking any of the basic science courses. We always recommend the RASA 284 multi-specialty program. However, we understand there are students who only work in a single specialty, so we have the 282 single specialty program for those students to ensure they have a path to national certification. Click on the boxes to toggle them open to see more information.
Students, such as STs, CSTs, TS-Cs, ORTs, who have completed a formal Surgical Technology program can start the RASA SA program right away. The basic science courses are not required.
Foreign Medical Doctors and International Medical Graduates
- FMDs/IMGs are eligible to have 35 of the 135 surgical cases waived based on experience. We will need proof of graduation from a foreign medical program. Note: we encourage FMDs/IMGs to check the eligibility requirements through the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA.net) to see if you already meet the requirements to sit for the exam.
Other Allied Health Professionals
On-the-job trained STs (OJT-STs)
LPNs, LVNs and other Allied Health Professionals
Students without formal ST training or limited OR experience (less than 2 years of experience) are required to complete the RASA 284 multi-specialty program at least:
- 25 General Surgery Cases
- 25 Orthopedic Cases
- 25 OB/GYN Cases
- The rest of the cases may be in your choice of one or more specialties
This is a new requirement of our certification board, so it may not be listed in the application; however, you should be aware of this as you go through the application.