The ACE Surgical Assistant Program is approved by the American Board of
Surgical Assistants (ABSA). All nurses who successfully graduate from
the ACE Program and currently hold an unrestricted RN license in the state
where they are practicing, are immediately eligible to sit for the ABSA
certifying exam and earn the prestigious and nationally recognized title
SA-C (Surgical Assistant – Certified).
Compare this to the onerous eligibility requirements to sit for the CCI
exam and become CRNFA (Certified RNFA):
- Current, unrestricted RN licensure in the country where currently practicing
- Completion of a CCI accepted RNFA program (usually must obtain CNOR before
enrolling or at least before graduating)
- Currently hold a CNOR credential
- Hold a bachelor’s degree
- Currently working full time or part time as an RNFA
- A minimum of 2,000 documented hours of practice as an RNFA. Hours may include
preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care.
- 2,000 hours may include clinical experience in program
- At least 1,000 hours must be intraoperative
Graduating from the ACE Program says that you are properly trained to cover
a position the American College of Surgeons (ACS) says would ideally be
covered by another surgeon. You aren’t a glorified retractor holder.
ABSA believes the same about you as the ACS and ACE does. So the SA-C
properly represents someone with your degree of training and abilities.
Wear it proudly.
To learn more about our program, contact us at 855-966-4111