The ACE Surgical Assistant Program is approved by the American Board of
Surgical Assistants (ABSA). All those who successfully graduate from the
ACE Program, are immediately eligible to sit for the ABSA certifying exam
and earn the prestigious and nationally recognized title SA-C (Surgical
Assistant – Certified).
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.
Attention PAs, NPs, and MDs: Because of your extensive medical/surgical education, you’ll qualify
to sit for the ABSA exam immediately after completing just the ACE 6-Day
Attention Surgical Techs: One of the benefits of the SA-C title is it doesn’t anchor you to
your tech title. It does not reduce you to ‘a tech with additional
training’ for wound closure. Instead, it elevates you to a Surgical
Assistant with more of a mid-level provider status (like a PA but just
When you are performing the duties your surgeon directs, no one can legitimately
claim, “Techs can’t do that!” If they do, your response
could be, “Of course techs can’t do that. That’s why
I went to school to become a Surgical Assistant and got my SA-C certification.”
Attention OR Nurses: The SA-C is widely accepted both nationwide as well as internationally.
Most hospitals just want you to be certified for what you do in the Operating
Room. That reduces their liability. If your hospital insists that their
OR Nurses can only go to a CCI accepted RNFA Program and sit for the CRNFA
exam, it might be worth your while to fight it. Surgeons that are loyal
to you may be able to make a big difference here – especially if
hospital bylaws have to be changed.
Why should you have to become a CNOR, earn a Bachelor’s Degree, and
log in 2,000 hours of RNFA time before you can get certified? Finishing
your nursing education, gaining your OR experience, and successfully completing
the ACE Surgical Assistant Program are no small tasks. They are huge accomplishments!
ABSA appreciates all the hard work it took you to get to this point in
your nursing career. There is no need to pile on. So you are eligible
for the certifying exam immediately up completion of the ACE program.
To learn more about our program, contact us at 855-966-4111