Division Chair

Office
Health Technology Center, Room 201-E, 2201 Hull Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone Number
Office Hours Mon-Fri
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Email
Terry Herring

Admission Process

  1. Complete FTCC Application Process
  2. Summer entry, contact Terry Herring to apply for the Surgical First Assistant Program:
  3. Complete Departmental Application and return to Terry Herring
  4. Student must be Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), and three years work experience in order to be eligible for admission to the program

Estimated Program Costs

  • Please note that all costs are estimates and subject to change.
  • Tuition is established by the State Board of Community Colleges and North Carolina General Assembly and is subject to change without notice.

Advisee Handbook

The Advisory Handbook provides prospective students a guide for understanding the Surgical First Assistant Program’s mission, policies, procedures, and serve as an entry guide to the admission process.

 

Program Outcomes

  1. Perform as a competent entry-level surgical assistant in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

  2. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology within the surgical environment, which includes the ability to differentiate between normal and the abnormal anatomy, physiology, laboratory findings, and other diagnostic data.

  3. Demonstrate safe practice techniques in regards to perioperative duties, and work effectively with surgeons and other health care professional to provide patient-centered care.

  4. Demonstrate a strong surgical conscience, accountability, legal implications, and present an image appropriate for the surgical assistant profession.

  5. Be able to correlate the elements, actions, and use of medications and anesthetic agents use in the perioperative environment.

 

ASA Mission

“The Association of Surgical Assistants represents a broad coalition of surgical assistant practitioners, who share several common goals including optimizing surgical patient care, promoting the recognition of all surgical assistant, advancing legislative strategies and providing relevant continuing education experiences”

What to Expect:

Course Work

The Surgical First Assistant curriculum is designed to prepare qualified Surgical Technologists and other surgical professionals with the educational preparation necessary to assume the role of the Surgical First Assistant during operative and other invasive procedures.
 
Students will learn to apply didactic knowledge to the care of the surgical patient and provide assistance in exposure, hemostasis, and other technical functions that will assist the surgeon in performing a safe operation with optimal results for the patient.

Career Paths

Graduates of an accredited Commission on Accreditation of Allied Heath Education Program (CAAHEP) program may be eligible to test with one of the following organizations: National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA) and the American Board of Surgical Assisting (ABSA). Employment opportunities include:
  • Clinics
  • Educational Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Self-Employment

Enroll Now!

At FTCC you can earn a certificate in Surgical First Assistant. Contact an Admissions Counselor for assistance or Apply Now!

Certificate

Surgical First Assistant (C45870)

Program Length: 3 Semesters
Prerequisite: Associate Degree; National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certified in Surgical Technology; 3 years’ experience as a CST
Award: Certificate

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