As defined by the American College of Surgeons, the surgical first assistant provides aid in exposure, hemostasis, and other technical functions that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient. This role will vary considerably with the surgical operation, specialty area, and type of facility. Clinical skills performed under direct supervision of the surgeon may include the following:
For a printable copy of program course requirements, click an option above or consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.
Surgical assistants are primarily employed by hospitals or by physicians, who often hire the first assistant as their personal assistant in surgery. Starting salaries often range between $16 and $26 per hour.
The Surgical First Assistant program is a selective admission program. For eligibility requirements and to request a Surgical First Assistant program information packet or for additional information or questions regarding the program please contact Jeff Bidwell by e-mail.
SFA Program Coordinator
Qualifications for entering program:
NOTE: For program admission, candidates must be a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) or Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) or must be able to demonstrate the entry level skills possessed by someone who has completed an entry level surgical technology program. These basic skills are listed in the Association of Surgical Technologists Surgical Technology Core Curriculum. Candidates must also have a minimum of one year operating room experience.
In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:
Requirements for acceptance into the program for qualified candidates
Requirements for program after your initial acceptance into the program:
Selected candidates must send in the following required documents. Selected candidates will receive email notification in the spring (mid-March). PLEASE DO NOT SEND DOCUMENTS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED NOTIFICATION REQUESTING THE DOCUMENTS.
Online assisted students must meet the required program admission eligibility requirements and have an approved preceptor at their facility that will agree to perform the following duties:
You can complete the Surgical First Assistant program in one academic year, after completing the program requirements you are required to take the national certification exam (currently CSFA) in order to graduate. The program is flexible and set up for people who work full-time. Several methods/tracks are offered to complete the program. The Surgical First Assistant program is offered online assisted.
Jeff Bidwell, CST, CSFA, CSA, KCSA, MA, FAST
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
Out of state graduates of CAAHEP approved Surgical Technology programs may transfer many of their Surgical Technology courses toward the associate if the surgical technology school you attended was accredited by a regional or nationally accreditation body approved by Madisonville Community college. The amount of transferable Surgical Technology credits is based on the current Surgical Technology courses offered by Madisonville Community College. The general education courses will be reviewed individually.