Who Benefits From ACE Surgical Assistant Training?
Love surgery but not making enough money? Even thinking of a career change outside of the OR? Isn’t it time for you to get the recognition you deserve and the money you need? Surgical Assistant training may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Read More >>
Choose the right first assistant training program and you can transform your nursing career, boost your job satisfaction, and get your hands back on the patient instead of handling paperwork most of your day.
Read More >>
OR Manager or Director of Surgical Services: Is it getting more and more frustrating and difficult for you to increase your surgical caseload while reducing related costs? Proper Surgical Assistant training for your staff can help and relieve a lot of the budgetary stress that burdens you every day.
Read More >>
Leaving the military soon? Surgical Assistant training will make you more marketable in the private sector. You may even be first assisting already in military hospitals or in mobile field operations. Proper training and certification will help you transition those valuable skills and experiences into civilian life.
Read More >>
SA / RNFA
Already trained and/or experienced as a Surgical Assistant or an RNFA? Brush up on some of your skills and gain some new ones to keep you in-demand. Learn to perform better than many surgeons once you gain the skills and tricks-of-the-trade used every day by the most successful Surgical Assistants.
PA / NP
As a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner you may be called on to first assist in surgery. Unfortunately, while PA and NP programs are comprehensive, most focus very little on the Operating Room. Now you can learn the skills of the professional Surgical Assistant and perform in surgery with supreme confidence.
Read More >>
What a hassle it is to find a first assistant when you need one? Do you too often have to settle for any extra pair of hands? Transform your surgical experience! Get a professional Surgical Assistant for every case. We can train someone you’ve hired and/or your favorite Surgical Techs or Nurses from your Operating Room.
Read More >>
Why Become An ACE Trained Assistant™?
Historically, the first assistant to the attending surgeon was another surgeon. Because of this historical perspective, ACE regards the non-MD Surgical Assistant to be a replacement for a second surgeon at the OR table. That perspective makes ACE unique in training students to a much higher degree of performance so attending surgeons won't have to sacrifice a level of service when they substitute an ACE Trained Assistant™ for an assisting surgeon.
In fact, the attending surgeon gains benefits. For instance, the ACE Trained Assistant™ most often has experience in multiple specialties and can offer the attending surgeon unique perspectives that another surgeon can't. They are also subordinate to and work under the direction of the attending surgeon. So, the friction that can occur between two surgeons with competing egos and differing approaches can easily be avoided.
The ACE Trained Assistant™ usually offers the attending surgeon a much more satisfying work experience in the Operating Room.
Finally, the ACE Trained Assistant™ is among the most highly skilled assistants in the profession. They acquire the same skills in their training that surgeons have. So they are well prepared to assist the surgeon in any way he/she sees fit, including the way a surgeon would assist.
Who Can Become An ACE Trained Assistant™?
Individuals from a wide variety of medical/surgical backgrounds can qualify to enroll in the ACE Surgical Assistant Program. We even have some preparatory courses that experienced, on-the-job trained Surgical Techs can take so they will be scholastically ready for the rigors of proper Surgical Assistant training. Others who qualify and often enroll in the program are formally trained Surgical Techs (ST or CST), OR Nurses, Physicians Assistants (PA), Nurse Practitioners (NP), and Medical Doctors (MD or DO, foreign or domestic trained).
What Do Surgical Assistants Do?
The role of the Surgical Assistant (also known as a first assistant) is to stand directly across from the surgeon and aid him/her in the performance of the operation. Many people who are placed in the first assistant position when there isn't a trained assistant available are often restricted to more mundane tasks such as holding retractors, suctioning, and cutting suture. The surgeon needs to make sure this person isn't in a position to harm the patient. He usually has to split the focus between the operative tasks and the untrained first assistant. A trusted ACE Trained Assistant™ allows the surgeon to stay focused fully on the task at hand. The surgery is smoother, faster, and safer!
If you are a Surgical Tech or OR Nurse and currently have to first assist when the regular assistant is late or unavailable, or your job description includes first assisting, you are performing at a higher level of liability without the pay and recognition you deserve. That should change as soon as possible! Proper Surgical Assistant training and certification can open up a world of opportunity to you including:
You get to become a better version of yourself
Increase your income – sometimes dramatically
Work more closely with the surgeon – like a partner
Be more instrumental in determining a positive patient outcome
Gain recognition and be in demand
Earn extraordinary respect from your surgeons and peers
Don’t hand the instruments – use them to perform surgical technique
You get increased flexibility and marketability – recession-proof your career
Completely transform your career and your life
Also, freelance for different surgeons and surgical facilities:
Earn as much as many doctors do
Set your own hours
Feel a greater sense of freedom
Be your own boss
Work in multiple surgical facilities
Be in control of what surgeons you get to work with
Qualify To Sit For The ABSA Certifying Exam!
Often the most confusing issues you face when choosing a Surgical Assistant Program are credibility and credentialing. We chose to become an ABSA Program for the benefit of our ACE Trained Assistants™. They are philosophically in the same position as ACE. We both consider the Surgical Assistant to replace a second surgeon in the procedure. That viewpoint surges through every fiber of the ACE Surgical Assistant Program and the same is true of the ABSA national certifying exam. Therefore, your ACE training and your ABSA certification scream volumes about your qualifications to perform at the highest levels as a Surgical Assistant! Here are some comparisons for you to consider:
CAAHEP Surgical Assistant Programs find their roots in the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). In fact, Surgical Techs in the AST developed the Core Curriculum for Surgical Assisting for CAAHEP Programs. Unfortunately, this fact can negatively impact the image of graduates.
- Graduates become “techs who assist.”
- Many become glorified retractor holders.
- For OR Nurses, PA’s, and NP’s, becoming ‘techs who assist’ is a demotion.
- “Techs can’t do that!” Or “It’s illegal for techs to do that!” is heard by many techs who assist. This stigma could follow you into a malpractice lawsuit and weaken your defence.
- The Surgical Assistant is a side business for AST. Their main business is the Surgical Tech.
- The curriculum and certifying exam was written by techs and it shows.
The American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA) is devoted strictly to the promoting and credentialing of Surgical Assistants around the country and internationally. It is not a side business. An ABSA Program and credential is the best answer to the taunt “techs can’t do that!”
- You have to answer, “Of course techs can’t do that. So I went to school to become a Surgical Assistant.” If it’s an ABSA Program such as the ACE Surgical Assistant Program, they can't respond, "But that's a tech program."
- The ACE Surgical Assistant Program trains students to replace another surgeon who first assists. ABSA certifies you to replace the assisting surgeon.
- The ACE Trained Assistant™ is not a tech who assists. You are an elevated professional both by training and certification.
- Rather than limiting our program to CAAHEP’s minimum standards, our ABSA Program focuses on maximum performance.
- ABSA is nationally recognized and well received.
- ABSA awards the prestigious SA-C title (Surgical Assistant – Certified).
- The curriculum and certifying exam was written by physicians and Surgical Assistants for the professional Surgical Assistant.
Easy Enroll today in one of the ACE Programs
Congratulations! You're ready to take your surgical career to the next level. Register now by completing the form on this page and be entered for a chance to win free tuition and download the registration packet. You can also download our brochure to get more information about the Surgical Assistant Program from ACE Surgical Assisting.
The ACE Surgical Assisting Mission
ACE Surgical Assisting, Inc. provides education, training, and services to working surgical professionals designed to advance their careers, increase their financial well-being, and elevate the quality and safety of surgical care throughout the United States and around the world.
The ACE Surgical Assistant Program is approved by the American Board of Surgical Assistants, Inc. (ABSA). Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the ABSA certifying exam and earn the SA-C title (Surgical Assistant - Certified). http://www.absa.net.
Approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board. Agents licensed By the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools. To verify, go to http://highered.colorado.gov/dpos/.
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and Ansell Occupational Healthcare are proud to provide surgical materials to ACE Surgical Assisting to greatly enhance formal Surgical Assistant training for Operation Room Nurses, Surgical Technicians, and other qualified surgical professionals.
Click on the Covidien logo to download suture profiles and a knot tying manual from their website.