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Surgical First Assistant Program


Janet Milligan

(208) 732-6706


Program Overview

The Surgical First Assisting program at the College of Southern Idaho provides advanced training for students who are already Certified Surgical Technologists to achieve a higher level of performance in the operating room. The role of the first assistant is to assist the surgeon by performing advanced technical skills during surgical procedures. At the completion of this nationally accredited program students will earn an Associate of Applied Science. 

To promote success on the certification/licensure examination(s), all Required Courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Admission Requirements

There are specific requirements for enrollment in our career technical programs.  Students should be familiar with demands of a particular occupation and how that occupation matches with their individual career interests and goals. The specific requirements are established by the technical program.  A student who does not meet the established requirements for entrance into a program will have an opportunity to participate in the appropriate level courses to improve their skills for program consideration.  The program requirements and admission procedures can be obtained by contacting the program advisor.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Surgical First Assist program, a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains necessary for entry into the field of surgical first assisting.
  2. Demonstrate compliance with the criteria set forth in the most current standards and guidelines for an accredited educational program in surgical first assisting.
  3. Provide safe, competent, surgical interventions under the direct supervision of a surgeon as part of the health care team.
  4. Qualify for national certification testing for surgical first assisting.

Sample Career Opportunities

  • Surgical Technologists

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

1361 Park Street

Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone: 727-210-2350

Fax: 727-210-2354