The term CSA shall apply to all persons who successfully pass the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants’ Certification Examination and meets the ongoing requirements for maintaining the credential.
Scope of Practice
Surgical Assistants assist physicians in surgery and may perform specific significant surgical tasks under “professional supervision”. (Significant surgical tasks include, but are not limited to: opening and closing surgical sites, exposure of the surgical site, harvesting grafts, dissecting tissue, removing tissue, implanting devices, altering tissues).1
Surgical Assistants may, under “professional supervision”, perform specific significant tasks which include, but are not limited to, applying and removing splints/casts, placing Foley catheters, IV’s, and arterial lines, administering local anesthesia, and other such procedures as requested and necessary.
Process of Becoming a CSA
If you believe you meet the requirement listed on our Certification Requirements page and you are ready to take the next step in your career please complete our certification application form.
Please remember that we will not be able to process your application form unless it is accompanied by the required payments.
1Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services State Operations Manual, Appendix A – Survey Protocol, Regulations and Interpretive Guidelines for Hospitals, A-0959; Interpretive Guidelines §482.51 (b)(6) –http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Manuals/downloads/som107ap_p_ltcf.pdf
Please be advised that, as of January 1st, 2019, there will be substantive changes to the alternate pathways for CSA eligibility. Beginning on this date, only physicians and appropriately educated military personnel will be qualified to sit for the CSA exam, without completion of a formal CAAHEP accredited program in surgical assisting.