Application Requirements and Program Overview
Program Prerequisites and Admission Criteria
STs, CSTs, CORT, ORTs, TS-Cs, LPNs, & LVNs and other allied health practitioners are eligible. Computer, Internet and Microsoft Office knowledge is required, along with the ability to scan and upload documents and view internet videos and 3D video files. Access to the Internet and email is mandatory.
The following must be submitted with the enrollment application:
- Proof of successful completion of a surgical technology program, or a foreign medical program, or on-the-job training.
- Official transcripts of successful completion of a surgical technology program
- OR official transcripts of successful completion of college level basic science instruction listed below
- OR If you did not complete a formal Surgical Technology program or a foreign medical program, you must either do one of the following prior to RASA training. 1 – Provide proof of successful completion of college level basic science instruction in the following courses, OR 2 – you may take them as co-requisite courses (all available through RASA). You must also provide letters of recommendation (template provided) verifying operating room proficiency for on-the-job-trained surgical technologists, as proficiency of OR Fundamentals is a prerequisite.
- Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology (available through RASA)
- Microbiology (available through RASA)
- Pharmacology (available through RASA)
- Medical Terminology (available through RASA)
- (2) Two Letters of Recommendation, including verification of a working knowledge of operating room fundamentals, signed by a surgeon or operating room educator (templates provided in enrollment packet).
- Proof of CPR certification, and maintain throughout the entire program.
- Copy of Driver’s License or State-issued identification, with identifiable picture.
- Clinical Acknowledgement Form/Training Agreement (*There is a template specifically provided in the RASA Application)
- Colorado students only must provide proof of registration with Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) prior to their clinical internship (Module 3). This can be a lengthy process which requires a background check, so students are encouraged to begin and/or complete the process prior to applying to the program. Refund policy will not be altered for denied registration from DORA. Deadlines will not be extended for delays in getting any required documentation to RASA.
Must be submitted on the eCampus site prior to being cleared to begin the clinical internship:
- Students must provide acceptable health and immunization records, documenting acceptable status of hepatitis B, influenza, MMR, varicella, and PPD/TB assessment (template available on the eCampus website).
- Malpractice insurance, specifically listing you in the “student surgical assistant” or “surgical assistant” role. Limits of liability must be a minimum of 1 million/3 million.
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Application Requirements and Program Overview
Students must submit these items prior to clinical internship approval and enrollment in our surgical assisting program.
Malpractice insurance, specifically listing you in the “student first assistant” role. In particular limits of liability must be a minimum of 1 million/3 million. In general, the cost is $50-$100 for a one-year policy.
Acceptable health and immunization records, documenting acceptable status of hepatitis B, influenza, MMR, varicella, hepatitis C and PPD (template available).
Course of Study
Course of Study: See the course descriptions in the catalog for further details.
|Surgical Assisting Program||Length: Maximum 14 months||Cost: $3,495 ($500 discount if paid in full)||Units/ Lessons||Semester Credits|
Module 1: Online home study
Must be completed within 4 months of enrollment.
|Unit 1||Welcome to the Exciting World of Surgical Assisting||16||1|
|Unit 2||Wound Healing and Infection Control||24||1.5|
|Unit 3||Surgical Assisting Skills, Principles and Techniques, including the Wound Closure Kit.||24||1.5|
|Unit 3.1||Pre-Clinical Skills Evaluation||15||1|
|Unit 4||Surgical Assisting Considerations||30||2|
|Unit 5||Surgical Pharmacology and Anesthesia||24||1.5|
Module 2: Online home study
Must be completed within 4 months of completing Module 1.
|Surgical Specialty Study: |
First assisting in all major specialties will be studied.
|Unit 6 -1||General Surgery||20||1.25|
|Unit 6 -2||Obstetrics and Gynecology||20||1.25|
|Unit 6 -3||Genitourinary||20||1.25|
|Unit 6 -4||Ophthalmic||20||1.25|
|Unit 6 -5||Otorhinolaryngologic||20||1.25|
|Unit 6 -6||Orthopedics||20||1.25|
|Unit 6 -7||Plastic and Reconstructive||20||1.25|
|Unit 6 -8||Cardiothoracic and Peripheral Vascular||20||1.25|
|Unit 6 -9||Neurosurgery||20||1.25|
|Unit 6 -10||Special Considerations||20||1.25|
|Approximate Home-Study Didactic Hours||333|
|Module 3: Clinical Internship |
Must be completed within 6 months of completing Module 2.
|See Catalog for Unit 10 descriptions of clinical requirements|
|Unit 7||(20 Cases)||45||1|
|Unit 8||(20 Cases)||45||1|
|Unit 9||(20 Cases)||45||1|
|Unit 10||(80 Cases)||200||4.5|
|Approximate Clinical Hours||343||8|
|Total Program Hours||676||29|