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NBSTSA Announces Certified Surgical First Assistant Eligibility Changes for 2017

Recognizing both the origins of our profession and the evolution of education programs in surgical assisting, the Board of Directors of The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting has announced a change in eligibility to sit for the Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) Examination. 

Effective January 3, 2017, any new applicant who wishes to sit for the Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) Examination must be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program in surgical assisting. A current list of these programs is available at 

Through December 1, 2016, the current pathways to exam eligibility will remain open to new applicants, including: 

  • The case experience documentation pathway for current Certified Surgical Technologists (CSTs).
  • The non-accredited military graduate with case experience documentation pathway.
  • Eligibility for those who hold the CSA or SA-C credential with case experience documentation. 

Those who apply through December 1, 2016 for eligibility by one of the above pathways will have the usual two years to complete case logs once the application has been submitted and any required preauthorization or facility information is received by the NBSTSA. Details on these routes of eligibility are available by clicking here


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Toll Free: 1.800.707.0057
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