Surgical Assistant

The Surgical Assistant Certificate program will provide students with career ladder advancement opportunities as a surgical assistant using a variety of instructional methods. The program didactic content will be offered in an online format allowing the students to continue their employment. The program will also consist of a suture lab and clinical experience.

This program will provide graduates with the knowledge and experience to perform as a Surgical Assistant. This program will properly train graduates to function as a Surgical Assistant, which will greatly improve operating room efficiency, physician satisfaction and, most importantly, patient outcomes and care.

The Surgical Assistant certificate program will educate and train students to safely and expeditiously assist in surgical operations. The Surgical Assistant program provides advancement opportunities for Certified Surgical Technologist and Registered Nurses through a variety of instructional methods including online, laboratory, and clinical experience. The Surgical Assistant program will provide students with experience in aiding in surgical procedure exposure, hemostasis, closure, and other intraoperative surgical functions that help a surgeon carry out a safe surgical procedure with optimal results for the patient. In addition to intraoperative duties, the Surgical Assistant program will also provide students with the knowledge and skills to perform preoperative and postoperative functions to better facilitate proper patient care under the direction and supervision of a surgeon in accordance with hospital policy and appropriate laws and regulations and standards.

Accreditation Information

The Surgical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Outcomes Assessment Exam Results

Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) results:

  • 66% of the first cohort took the exam.
  • 100% of graduates who took the exam passed and all are employed.

Retention rate is 75%.

Gainful Employment Information

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Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.


  • Advising Sessions

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