Nationwide Online Surgical Assistant Training
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About Our Surgical Assistant Program

Everything You Need to Know for Your Success: Here's What You Get

SurgiNet™ Online Distance Learning

  • This is how the program begins
  • 9 online courses of 1 month duration each
  • Each course starts on the first day of the month
  • Take one course at a time as it becomes available to the rest of the students
  • You start with the course the rest of the students are working on

Enhanced Access

If you want, you can sign up for Enhanced Access. Even though the program is self-paced for all students, Enhanced Access gives you even more freedom to participate in the program as you see fit.

  • If you are a quick learner, you can finish the program well before your scheduled graduation date.
  • We give you 16 months to finish the program, but one student finished in a record 4 months.
  • Most Enhanced Access students finish the entire program in less than 9 months.
  • Speed through the material with which you are more familiar.
  • Slow down to fully absorb unfamiliar material.
  • No waiting for the next scheduled course to open.
  • It is completely up to the receiving institution how many, if any, of the credits will be transferred.

6-Day Surgical SkillLab™

  • Start anytime during the program
  • 6 days of hands-on training
  • On-on-one coaching
  • Limited to 15 students to allow for enough personal attention
  • Includes every skill an ACE Trained Assistant™ would use in a surgical procedure from opening to closure and everything in between
  • Learn the multiple applications of your skills by performing surgeries
  • Lab is mobile and we travel throughout the country to provide convenient locations, unlike any other program

SurgiEdge™ Clinical Internship


You can start your clinical internship as soon as you finish the Surgical SkillLab™ and complete all necessary paperwork as outlined in the surgical assistnat program catalog and on your Student Page of the ACE website.

  • Best opportunities to assist because of 6-day lab as a prerequisite
  • Best opportunities for deeper learning and clinical experience
  • Multispecialty experience for greater flexibility and marketability
  • Clinical Affiliation Agreement obtained for you
  • Likely your clinical experience will be at the hospital where you already work
  • Learn from surgeons you work with and who already know and like you

How Do I Get Started?

Everything sounds really good. So how do I get started?

We believe in keeping it human. Our enrollment specialists add the personal touch to the process of helping you begin. They are specially trained to answer any questions you may still have and to make your enrollment process as simple and easy as possible. All you have to do is call us and we'll take it from there.

Why enroll in ACE's SA Program?

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Choose the right training program for you!

Finding a surgical assistant program that is just right for you can be a daunting task. You are a working professional so convenience and affordability in addition to high-quality training are vital to your success.

In tough economic times, training is often considered an expensive luxury item and is often the first cut made in your own budget as well as your employer's budget. A good case could be made for individuals and employers to upgrade their status with training especially during a down economy. The benefits are great as surgical assistant training makes you more valuable to your employer. I know spending money on training seems wrong when it's hard enough to buy other necessities. You have to be a visionary because, if you're having money problems, the ACE Surgical Assistant Program could be the solution for which you've been looking.

Some surgical assistant programs make sweeping claims that the only way to learn surgical skills is by practicing on living animals. They go so far as to say that training on simulators isn't even real training. However, you may find performing surgery on animals and then discarding them later to be distasteful or even immoral. Simulation training is hot – not only at NASA and for pilots, but also in the field of surgery. Animal and cadaver training is becoming obsolete. The newest training techniques are based on theories about how to best acquire motor skills and expertise.

Find out why training on surgical simulators better prepares you for success in the operating room than training on animals or cadavers. Read Teaching Surgical Skills - Changes in the Wind.