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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 assistants, advancing legislative strategies and providing relevant continuing education experiences.

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Guidelines & Positions Statement
Sample Job Descriptions


Becoming a member of your national surgical assisting professional organization is a positive commitment to your career. When you join the Association of Surgical Assistants, you receive all of ASA's member benefits, including discounts on continuing education, access to malpractice insurance, legislative advocacy, and much more. Learn more about the cost and categories of ASA membership and join today.

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ASA Online Store

ASA is excited to announce the launch of our website store just in time for the Dallas Conference and Workshop! Click on the link below and purchase your shirt to wear to our fall workshop! Show your support for ASA and our legislative agenda. $3.00 from each sale will go towards legislation!

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Who Is a Surgical Assistant

Surgical assistants are advanced allied health practitioners who provide aid in exposure, hemostasis, wound closure, and other intraoperative technical functions that help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the surgical patient. The surgical assistant performs these functions under the direction and supervision of the surgeon and in accordance with hospital policy and appropriate laws and regulations.

Surgical assistants, also called surgical first assistants, often begin in the role of the surgical technologist and advance to the surgical assistant role after years of experience or after attending an accredited surgical assisting program. Certification or registration may be required to practice in some states. For more information about the role of the surgical assistant, read the job description or download a pdf for your hospital or surgical center.