Exam Eligibility Information

As with any skilled specialty career, there are many eligibility requirements and it is important to fully understand these requirements to apply for Surgical Assistant Certification and effectively perform your job duties.

  • Physicians: As a physician, you are eligible to sit for the ABSA Certification Examination for Surgical Assistants if you completely meet the following surgical assistant requirements. You must provide the following documentation.
    • A copy of your Medical School completion. The Medical School must be listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) . The IMED lists recognized U.S. and foreign medical schools.
    • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including residency or advanced training and a minimum of two years primary or advanced surgical experience.
    • A color passport size photo (shoulders and above)
  • Licensed & Non-Licensed Allied Health Professionals
    • PA’s, RN’s, LPN’s, CST’s and ST’s must provide documentation of successful completion of a formal surgical assistant training program, approved by the ABSA, or CAAHEP approved formal surgical assistant training program.
    • A copy of your resume documenting two (2) years of clinical surgical scrub experience.
    • A color passport size photo (shoulders and above)
    • Manual/Practical Skills Evaluation.
    • Note: Surgical Technology Programs do not qualify. The program completed must be from a formal surgical assistant training program, recognized by the ABSA.
  • The American Board of Surgical Assistants is strictly a testing and credentialing organization. We are not an employment service. We do not, cannot, and will not attempt to provide employment assistance. Please don’t ask. If seeking employment, it is suggested that you contact friends, colleagues, employment agencies, or search the internet for surgical assistant jobs.
  • States that have legislative issues are: California, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. New York and New Jersey do not allow surgical assistants to practice in their states, and in California there are very few opportunities to practice.
  • States requiring registration and/or licensure are: Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington DC. Texas has licensure but it is not required to practice.
  • Paying Online DOES NOT Constitute an Application for Examination.
  • All documentation must be scanned or uploaded into your computer, prior to filling out the Application Form.
  • Acknowledge that the role and function of a surgical assistant is to assist the surgeon, in the performance of a surgical procedure. It is understood and acknowledged that certification as a surgical assistant through the ABSA (SA-C) does not allow for any independent performance of any medical or surgical procedures within the United States of America or its territories.
  • Please Note: Anyone found guilty of “Practicing Medicine Without a License,” in the United States of America or its territories, either by court trial or plea agreement, will lose their certification and never be eligible to certify with the ABSA again.

Acknowledgements

ABSA Statement on Personal and Professional Demographic Information.

The ABSA abides by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Demographic Privacy Laws. ABSA collects personal and professional demographic information to better serve the organization. (e.g., Professional photo, name, address, telephone numbers, date-of-birth etc.)

These demographics are required in order to fully process your application.

Individual personal demographic information is not distributed or disseminated, without your approval.

Role and Function of a Surgical Assistant

I acknowledge that the role and function of a surgical assistant is to assist the surgeon, in the performance of a surgical procedure. I understand and acknowledge that certification as a surgical assistant through the ABSA does not allow for any independent performance of any medical or surgical procedures, within the United States of America or its territories.

Please Note: Anyone found guilty of “Practicing Medicine Without a License,” in the United States of America or its territories, either by court trial or plea agreement, will lose their certification and never be eligible to certify with the ABSA again.

All Information is True and Accurate

I certify that I understand all statements in this application and affirm all information contained in this application to be true and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation will result in rejection of this application and/or revocation of any certification, obtained through the ABSA. I agree to hold the American Board of Surgical Assistants free from damage or complaint, by reason of any action its directors, officers or agents may take in connection with this application, or failure of the ABSA to issue certification to me.

For security purposes, your IP Address will be recorded in our database.

Release of Information

I acknowledge and agree that the ABSA may release my examination scores and credential status to organizations such as those which regulate the practice of surgical assisting and current or potential employers.

Confidentiality

I further agree to keep all information regarding the examination questions, answers, pictures and graphics confidential.

Not accepting any of the acknowledgements will cause a rejection of your application.

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