Surgical First Assistant Program (Online)

 

Support doctors and other medical professionals as an operating room technician. You’ll learn to prepare for and assist during surgeries as part of a healthcare team.

What is Surgical First Assistant Program (Online)?

The Madisonville Community College Surgical First Assistant Program: 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: positioning the patient, preparing the skin, providing visualization of the operative site, utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with hemostasis, participating in volume replacement or auto transfusion techniques as appropriate, utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with closure of body planes, selecting and applying appropriate wound dressings and providing assistance in securing drainage system to tissue.

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:

  • Positioning the patient
  • Preparing the skin
  • Providing visualization of the operative site
  • Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with hemostasis
  • Participating in volume replacement or auto transfusion techniques as appropriate
  • Utilizing appropriate techniques in closure of body planes
  • Selecting and applying appropriate wound dressings CAAHEP Logo
  • Providing assistance in securing drainage system to tissue

The Madisonville Community College's Surgical First Assistant Program was the first Surgical Assistant program nationally accredited by CAAHEP (The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs).

What are my career choices?

Employment is available in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, physician's offices as a surgeon's assistant, or in free standing centers (outpatient or ambulatory surgery). The average wage throughout the United States ranges from $26,000 to $32,200.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Diploma

Admission Requirements

Surgical First Assistant Program (Online) is a selective admission program. In addition to MCC s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:

  • Schedule an appointment with the program coordinator
  • Schedule classes and pay tuition during registration
  • Any and all deficiencies identified from placement testing must be remediated prior to admission
  • Submit a written request (or e-mail) for admission to the program coordinator jeff.bidwell@kctcs.edu by May 1st . In May, each Candidate will receive a letter with the date, time and location for an interview. The program selection committee will meet in May to select candidates for the August class based on: GPA, Interview, KY residency and previous experience in the health care field. Students interested in entering the August class must have Intro to computers, medical terminology, SUR 109 Intro to Surgical First Assistant Program (Online) and BIO 135 ( for diploma option) OR BIO 137 and BIO 139 (for AAS option) completed prior to entering the August class. NOTE: Potential candidates may apply in April without having SUR 109 and BIO 135 OR Bio 137 and Bio 139 to the program and be accepted based on completing SUR 109 and BIO 135 OR Bio 137 and Bio 139 prior to the start of the Surgical First Assistant Program (Online) program in August.
  • Professional CPR Training (must be maintained for the duration of the program)

Technical Standards

Surgical First Assistant Program (Online) involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of Surgical First Assistant Program (Online) technical functions. Therefore, all applicants should possess sufficient:

  1. visual acuity, such as is needed in the surgical environment and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and care;
  2. auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices (e.g., cardiac monitors, biomedical equipment, fire alarms, etc.);
  3. gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to Surgical First Assistant Program (Online);
  4. verbal and non-verbal communication skills (speech, reading, and writing), such as are needed in classroom and clinical settings to interact with patients and professional personnel; and
  5. intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.

Length of Program

You can complete the Surgical First Assistant Program (Online) program in two semesters following completion of prerequisites.

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

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.

Program Contact

Jeff Bidwell, CST/CSFA, CSA, KCSA, MA, FAST
Surgical First Assistant Program Director
270.824.1740
jeff.bidwell@kctcs.edu

Aaron Morris CST. CSA. KCSA
Clinical Instructor
270.824.1710
aaron.morris@kctcs.edu