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 program course requirements, 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.
Surgical First Assistant is a selective admission program. In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:
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:
Students in the distance program have a couple of options for performing pre-clinical evaluations:
You can complete the Surgical First Assistant program in one academic year, after which you may sit for the CFA or CSA National Certification exam. 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.