Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)

Enhancing the profession to ensure
quality patient care.


During World War II, the need for perioperative personnel was overwhelming. The role of the surgical technologist was born and evolved into a separate allied health field. Surgical technologists serve as an integral part of the surgical team providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures.

The Association of Surgical Technologists was established in 1969 by members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Today, surgical technologists are working in one of the fastest growing professions in the country. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the surgical technology profession will grow faster than the average of all other occupations through the year 2020, and it is anticipated that the volume of surgery will increase exponentially due to the expanding senior population.

As the oldest and most widely recognized professional organization for surgical technologists, AST’s primary purpose is to ensure that surgical technologists have the knowledge and skills to administer patient care of the highest quality.

AST, the only national organization that represents more than 80,000 surgical technologists, is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors. On the local level, 50 formed state assemblies address member concerns and issues.

NBSTSA


The mission of the NBSTSA is to provide professional certification of surgical technologists (CST) and surgical first assistants (CSFA), thus promoting quality patient care in the surgical setting.

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting determines, through examimation, if an individual has aquired both theoretical and practical knowledge of surgical technology or surgical first assisting.

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ARC/ STSA


The ARC/STSA is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit accreditation services agency providing national recognition for higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting, in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in order to promote quality surgical patient care through quality credible education. .

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CAAHEP


The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation ( CHEA ) and carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 25 review  Committees on Accreditation. CAAHEP currently accredits more than 2200 entry level education programs in 32 health science professions.

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ABHES


The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is a recognized higher education accreditation organization in the United States  specializing in the institutional  accreditation  of private, postsecondary institutions that offer  allied health  education programs, and the programmatic accreditation of programs leading to associate degrees or certificates in the medical assistant, medical laboratory technician and surgical technology fields.

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