Learn New Skills Online with No Required Travel

Complete the program home-study portion online. Then, complete your clincials at your local facility. Learn from the surgeons you work with every day.

You have options:

1 Focused SA Program (multi-specialty),

4 Basic Science Courses,

1 Custom Program Built specifically for your facility

 

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.

Medical Terminology

Available through RASA.

Microbiology

Available through RASA.

Pharmacology

Available through RASA.

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

Available through RASA.

Eligibility

We offer a total distance learning Surgical Assisting program 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. As of 2020, we only offer the RASA multi-specialty program including:

  • 50 General Surgery Cases
  • 25 Orthopedic Cases
  • 25 OB/GYN Cases
  • The remaining 40 cases may be in your choice of one or more specialties
  • Please also note students must also have 2 years of OR Scrub experience before they will be eligible for the ABSA certification exam, so you may need additional experience after graduating depending on experience.  

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Surgical Technologists

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. 

ADN/ADRN - Associates Degree Nurses

ADN/ADRNs, who have completed a formal program can start the RASA SA program right away without taking the basic science courses. Please be aware you will need two years of OR experience to sit for the ABSA national certification exam and would be an “RN, SA-C” upon completion of our program, and passing your certification exam.

As of January 1, 2020 a bachelor’s degree is required for admission to an RNFA program due to changes in the AORN standards for RNFA programs.

Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants can begin the program right away without taking the basic science courses. We typically recommend attending a hands-on training workshop for PAs with limited OR experience.

Foreign Medical Doctors and International Medical Graduates

Foreign Medical Doctors and International Medical Graduates

  • FMDs/IMGs are eligible to have 35 of the 140 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

These students will likely need to complete additional courses in basic science. Click on the boxes to toggle them open to see more information.

On-the-job trained STs (OJT-STs)

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 college level basic science instruction in the four (4) basic science courses listed below.

LPNs, LVNs and other Allied Health Professionals

Typically, we recommend attending a Surgical Technologist program first, because that will give you a great understanding of, and experience in the OR. At this time, we do not offer a full OR fundamentals program. However, if you have experience working in the operating room and knowledge of OR fundamentals we will evaluate your application on a case-by-case basis. You would be considered an OJT-ST, however you likely have taken one or more of the basic science courses. Any of the required four (4) basic science courses listed below, which you have not completed you will have to provide proof of completion of college level instruction or take them from RASA.

Learn by Doing

Often our students are allowed to complete their clinicals at the hospitals which they are currently working as an ST. We do require our students set up their own sites to complete their clinicals. You may complete the program at your own pace, our deadlines are there so you to move through the program at a reasonable pace.

Achieve your goals – Get Nationally Certified

Upon completion of our program you will be awarded a certificate of completion. If you wish to become certified, you would be eligible to sit for the SA-C (Surgical Assistant – Certified) exam through the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA.net).

Contact Form and Information Request:

If you would like to receive a Surgical Assisting application, program catalog or have a question, please complete the following form.

You should receive an automated email notifying you, if your information request was successful. In addition, a program advisor will personally email you information promptly regarding our Surgical Assisting program.

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