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Below is a list of all the classification categories and criteria for each. Find your specific category and review the criteria outlined in the category to determine whether you are eligible for certification. If you meet the criteria for certification please complete the certification application form and we will review your application and determine your eligibility.

The NCCSA strives to get back to all applicants in a timely manner. Our response time is impacted by the completeness of your application and the response time of your references. Please ensure that you have notified your references and your academic institutions that we will be verifying your information.

NCCSA recognizes all Surgical Assistant Programs accredited by CAAHEP and ABHES that have completed the NCCSA Program Approval Process

Criteria & Qualifications

Individuals wishing to apply for Certification must qualify in one of the following categories:

A. GRADUATES FROM A CAAHEP (www.caahep.org) ACCREDITED SURGICAL ASSISTANT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Documentation Required:

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Certification Application Fees:

  • Physician / Foreign Medical Graduate $100.00
  • Graduate from NCCSA-approved SA Educational Program $100.00
  • New Graduate (graduated within last 12 months) $50
  • Active Military $50

Note: All certification application fees are non-refundable and are due each time you request an eligibility review.

B. MEDICAL GRADUATES (Doctor of Medicine / Doctor of Osteopathy / Foreign Medical or Osteopathic graduates)

Documentation Required:

  • NCCSA Certification Application
  • Copy of Medical or Osteopathic degree
  • Skills Affidavit
  • Documentation of 140 surgical procedures in the role of surgeon and/or surgical assistant. A minimum of 20 cases must be performed in general surgery, with the remaining cases divided between at least two specialties. A minimum of 20 cases must be completed in each of the two specialties selected.
  • One letter of recommendation from a surgeon, with whom you have worked (must be dated within one year from date of application)
  • For foreign graduates ONLY – you must either provide a copy of your English equivalency exam, or request a waiver of the exam, with full knowledge that the CSA certification examination is given in English.
C. UNITED STATES MILITARY TRAINED (Active or Discharged)

Documentation Required:

  • NCCSA Certification Application
  • Documentation of training in surgical assisting (can be a certificate, which shows emphasis on surgical assisting, or a letter from a supervisor attesting to training with emphasis on surgical assisting)
  • Copy of DD214 – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (if applicable)
  • Skills Affidavit
  • Documentation of 140 surgical procedures in the role of surgical assistant. A minimum of 20 cases must be performed in general surgery, with the remaining cases divided between at least two specialties. A minimum of 20 cases must be completed in each of the two specialties selected.
  • One letter of recommendation from a surgeon, with whom you have worked (must be dated within one year from date of application)