As the role and profession of the non-physician surgical first assistant continues to evolve, the Association of Surgical Assistants has devoted itself in large part to promoting the recognition of all surgical assistants, advancing legislative strategies, and optimizing surgical patient care. In order to complete this mission and ensure the highest quality care for the surgical patient, the ASA supports the certification of all practicing professionals.
Certification ensures that surgical assistants have met or exceeded the necessary requirements to practice along side the surgeon and that they continue to meet ongoing requirements through continuing education and advanced training. Certification for surgical first assistants is granted by one of three certifying bodies upon successful completion of pre-established professional criteria such as graduating from an accredited college, university, or other training program.
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) offers the Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) credential, the National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA) offers the Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA) credential, and the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA) offers the Surgical Assistant-Certified (SA-C) credential.