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We’re glad you are interested in RASA Training’s Surgical Assisting program. To receive a Surgical Assisting application, program catalog or if you have a question, please complete the following form.
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New Classes Start Monthly
Start Dates on the 1st of each month
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.
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.
Where and when do I attain the clinical cases needed for this program?
You will log your clinical cases at your local facility. Generally, students make arrangements with their place of employment. You may begin logging your cases after you have completed the home-study portion of the program (Modules 1 and 2) and have been formally cleared by RASA. If a training agreement is required by your facility, we can almost always comply with their requirements and are happy to work with your facility to get one set up.
I was trained by my hospital or don't have my CST, can I still attend?
Yes! If you have completed a formal ST program you can start the surgical assisting course right away.
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)
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 does not require graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited institution. We are approved by the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA) and lead to the national Surgical Assistant Certified (SA-C) title. RASA is only aware of one state that requires graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited SA program (Kentucky). 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.
Check with your facility. If there are not specific requirements, you get the same 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 the SA-C title.
Why attend RASA’s Surgical Assisting program and not another?
This program represents a convenient and affordable pathway for operating room professionals to enter the expanded role of surgical assisting. With our multi-media online program, you will have access to proven training methods, including our Wound Closure Training System™. This home lab will teach you to master basic-though-advanced suture and tying techniques in the comfort of your home prior to first assisting on your first patient (the way it should be)! You will have the advantage of completing your coursework online with our user-friendly learning system, and if you have a question, our education department will be there for you.
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).
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