As defined by the American College of Surgeons, the surgical first assistant provides aid in exposure, hemostasis, and other technical functions that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient. This role will vary considerably with the surgical operation, specialty area, and type of facility. Clinical skills performed under direct supervision of the surgeon may include the following:
For a printable copy of program course requirements, click an option above or consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.
Surgical assistants are primarily employed by hospitals or by physicians, who often hire the first assistant as their personal assistant in surgery. Starting salaries often range between $16 and $26 per hour.
Surgical First Assistant is a selective admission program. In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:
Qualifications for entering program:
Requirements for program after your initial acceptance into the program:
Online assisted students must meet the required program admission eligibility requirements and have an approved preceptor at their facility that will agree to perform the following duties:
Students in the distance program have a couple of options for performing pre-clinical evaluations:
You can complete the Surgical First Assistant program in one academic year, after completing the program requirements you are required to take the CSA and CSFA exam in order to graduate. The program is flexible and set up for people who work full-time. Several methods/tracks are offered to complete the program. The Surgical First Assistant program is offered online assisted.
Jeff Bidwell, CST, CSFA, CSA, KCSA, MA, FAST
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
Out of state graduates of CAAHEP approved Surgical Technology programs may transfer many of their Surgical Technology courses toward the associate if the surgical technology school you attended was accredited by a regional or nationally accreditation body approved by Madisonville Community college. The amount of transferable Surgical Technology credits is based on the current Surgical Technology courses offered by Madisonville Community College. The general education courses will be reviewed individually.
The residency requirement for the AAS degree in Surgical Assisting is 24 hours; 15 of the 24 hours of the requirement will be met by taking the Surgical Assisting courses. The remainder of any general education requirements not met, or hours needed for the residency requirement, can be completed at the college through Kentucky Virtual University “KYVU”