If you are a surgical tech, you are already on a great career path. If
you want to continue to advance, surgical assisting is the natural next
step. Within this role, you have the opportunity to increase your salary,
take on more responsibilities, and assist patients in a more hands-on manner.
Choosing to pursue a career as a surgical assistant can be daunting. How
many more hours will you have to spend in school? Is it really worth the
investment of time, money, and effort? If you are wrestling with any of
these questions, we are here to provide answers.
Show Me the Money: How Salaries Compare
Surgical techs can make between $40,000 and $60,000 a year, with $40,000
being the average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In comparison,
the average surgical assistant makes around $75,000 a year, with some
earning as much as $200,000 according to the Commission on Accreditation
of Allied Health Programs. That is a significant jump in earnings, especially
as you continue to gain experience to warrant pay increases. The base
salary for starting surgical assistants is around $55,000, which is an
excellent rate to start out at and still leaves plenty of room for growth.
Increasing Your Responsibilities & Skills
Aside from the most basic, money-based reasons to enroll in a surgical
assistant program, there are also many other benefits connected to this
career advancement. Surgical assistants get to do more hands-on work within
surgeries. While surgical techs play a vital role in the operating room,
their responsibilities are limited to preparation and they have little
interaction once the procedure begins.
Responsibilities surgical assistants can have include:
- Holding the incision open
- Suction or swab blood during surgery
- Apply dressings
- Keep area sterile
- Assist with suturing
- Routine checkups for patients
- Explanation of procedure to patients
Essentially, a surgical assistant’s role is to provide technical
support and perspective for the operating surgeon during the procedure.
Overall, the tasks and duties a surgical assistant performs will depend
on the surgeon, specific operation needs, and various other factors.
If you are tired of simply setting up surgical instruments and equipment
and want to expand your skillset and work under the supervision of a surgeon,
surgical assistant training may be exactly what you need.
How to Become a Surgical Assistant
ACE Surgical Assisting offers a unique, convenient program that can be
customized to fit your busy schedule and
specific field. All our training is offer online. You can complete training through our
Standard Access, which provides one module every month for nine months
straight, or Enhanced Access, which allows for self-paced learning and
After the module training, you will need to complete our
6-day surgical skill lab, which offers optimal hands-on training and is highly acclaimed. This
lab is designed to prepare you for the clinical phase of your training.
This internship phase is completed at your own hospital, allowing you
to work with doctors you are familiar with and support you. The full training
for surgical assistant will including 135 surgical cases, which are broken
up into different categories.
Once you have successfully complete the ACE Surgical Assistant Program,
you will be eligible to take the Surgical Assisting-Certified Exam, which
is administered by the American Board of Surgical Assistants.
So what are the results? ACE students have a more than 90% pass rate for
their first attempt! This is because our program is designed to help our
students succeed in advancing their careers.
You can learn more about our custom programs, affordable pricing, and other
calling us at (888) 920-0447 today! We look forward to helping you take your career
to the next level.