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Eligibility & Fees

 

Establishing Eligibility to Test

 

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) retains the sole authority to establish eligibility requirements and make all final decisions regarding eligibility.

 

Before testing, individuals must first establish eligibility by submitting the appropriate examination application form along with the correct fees. NBSTSA does not refund processing fees for ineligible candidates.

 

Once approved, NBSTSA provides candidates with an Authorization to Test number (ATT), and both the phone number and web address to contact the testing agency to schedule the test.

 

NBSTSA accepts all properly completed applications from qualified applicants regardless of the applicant’s age, sex, race, religion, marital status, disability or national origin.

 

For a list of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) approved surgical technology programs go to www.caahep.org or call 727-210-2350. For a list of Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) approved surgical technology programs go to www.abhes.org or call 703-917-9503. 

 

Eligibility Options:

 

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST ELIGIBILITY OPTIONS
Option If you are... then you need the following documentation:
1
Current or previously Certified Surgical Technologist Evidence of CST Certification
2
Graduate of a surgical technology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
www.caahep.org

Evidence of proof of graduation.

3

Graduate of a surgical technology accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

www.abhes.org

Evidence of proof of graduation.

 

TESTING FEES
Students and First Time Test Takers

Processing Fee
AST Member Fee
All Other Applicants Examination Fee
Total Fee
$60
$130
$230
$190/$290

 

CURRENT OR PREVIOUS CERTIFIED SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST
renewing certification by examination.

Processing Fee
Examination Fee
Total Fee
$60
$439
$499

 

SURGICAL FIRST ASSISTANT ELIGIBILITY OPTIONS
Option If you are... and you have... then you need the following documentation:
1
Current or previously Certified Surgical First Assistant
Evidence current or previous CFA certification
2 A graduate from a CAAHEP-accredited surgical assistant program   Evidence of proof of graduation.
3
Current Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
At least 350 cases and two full years of Surgical First Assistant experience during the last four years

Evidence of Current CST certification.

Two Notarized Experience Verification Forms from two surgeons or surgical supervisors AND surgical procedure logs documenting a minimum of 350 procedures and two full years of SFA experience during the last four years.

Surgical Procedure Logs MUST be word-processed and include:

· Candidate’s Name

· Procedure

· Date of Procedure

· Candidate’s Role (delineating the SFA/ First Assistant role)

 

View Sample CSFA Case Log

 

TESTING FEES
Students and First Time Test Takers

Processing Fee
AST Member Fee
All Other Applicants Examination Fee
Total Fee
$60
$130
$230
$190/$290

 

CURRENT OR PREVIOUS CERTIFIED SURGICAL FIRST ASSISTANT
renewing certification by examination.

Processing Fee
Examination Fee
Total Fee
$60
$439
$499