Common Questions about our Surgical Assistant Program
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Why do you not offer the single specialty program anymore?
As of 2020, the ABSA changed their requirements and now all our students must complete multi-specialty rotations.
282: Multi-Specialty Surgical Rotations (50 cases in General Surgery, 25 cases in Orthopedics, 25 cases in OB/Gyn with the remaining cases in any specialty.
How can RASA keep it’s tuition costs so low?
I was trained by my hospital or don't have my CST, can I still attend?
If you do not have formal ST training there are four courses we may require you to take along with the SA program. We may require you to take any of the below courses that you have not already completed:
- Medical Terminology (available through RASA)
- Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology (available through RASA)
- Microbiology (available through RASA)
- Pharmacology (available through RASA)
When do classes start after I enroll?
We have open enrollment with start dates on the 1st of every month! Within 5 days of submitting your application you will be notified of the approval decision. If you have not heard from us within that time, please contact us! We may not have received your application, but would love to have you in the program.
After applications are approved, we send online access, notify you of your start date for the program and mail your Wound Closure Home Practice Lab.
Do you have to complete a CAAHEP-accredited program to get certification?
In almost all states, no. One of the largest and most recognized national credentialing organizations (ABSA) does not require graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited institution. Our program leads to the national Surgical Assistant Certified (SA-C) title through the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA). RASA is only aware of three states that requires graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited SA program for STs advancing their career to SAs. Most states do not have specific legislation and SA practice falls under the “direct supervision of the surgeon” clause (as stated by the American College of Surgeons).
Accreditation organizations are intended to set policies, procedures and standards to protect the public. In general, RASA believes that accreditation is beneficial; however, sometimes it can impose guidelines that are difficult to meet and can even set an industry backwards. Very few facilities require CAAHEP accreditation to practice. Facilities tend to be more interested in certification. We encourage you to investigate state laws and facility requirements.
If there are not specific requirements, you get great training for less than half the cost, and you are still eligible to sit for national certification through the American Board of Surgical Assistants for the SA-C title.
Where and when do I attain the clinical cases needed for this program?
Will I be required to obtain multi-specialty surgical cases?
Yes. As of 2020, a multi-specialty curriculum is the standard for first assistant training programs, multi-specialty clinical cases are now required. Our curriculum teaches you major cases for each specialty, so you will be well prepared for your clinicals and, consequently, for your certification exam.
I know I am required to have a surgeon sponsor me, but I work with 2 other surgeons. Can I count those cases too?
Which cases may I log?
Why attend RASA’s Surgical Assisting program and not another?
The Royal Academy of Surgical Assisting will disclose all costs upfront, leaving no hidden fees or unadvertised costs. We also provide convenient payment plans to meet most any budget (call for details).
Approval and Certification:
The Royal Academy of Surgical Assisting leads to the national Surgical Assistant Certified (SA-C) title through the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA).
How do I get started?
Start by contacting RASA at (888)958-0149 or [email protected] to verify your eligibility. After you have read the program materials and we have answered all your questions, submit the enrollment application, along with the required documentation and payment. When we verify that all requirements have been met, we will promptly email you access to the online eCampus web portal for the home-study portion of the program and a start date. We will also ship your Wound Closure Training System™, shortly after your start date, so you can begin mastering your suture and tying skills!
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