The National Assistant at Surgery Council no longer administers
the Assistant at Surgery - Certified (AS-C) exam to new
applicants. Current AS-C holders may still recertify for the
AS-C certificate until further notice. They are encouraged to
apply for the CSFA exam found at
www.nbstsa.org, or the Surgical Assistant - Certified (SA-C)
found at www.absa.net.
The National Assistant at Surgery Council has a new exam, along
with an appropriate title to address the many AD, Diploma and NP
RNFA graduates who desire to sit through NASC, but wanted an
exam that addressed more pre-and-post operative subject matter.
This new exam, with added content is for RNFA graduates only,
and is called the Registered Nurse Assistant at Surgery -
Certified title or RNAS-C™.
Beginning October 1, 2008, the
National Assistant at Surgery Council (NASC) will require that all
applicants for the AS-C exam show proof of graduation of a formal surgical
technology school recognized by the USDOE in addition to the successful
completion of a NASC approved Surgical Assistant program (along with other
prerequisites and does not apply to RNFA program graduates.) This
policy does not apply to approved program graduates or students who were
enrolled previous to Oct.1, 2008.
06.01.08 – Beginning July 1, 2008 NASC will no longer
be utilizing ACT Centers to administer the AS-C exam. All new
applicants will be required to obtain a certified proctor at a
college, university or adult learning center.
– AS-C national exam fee increases from $299.00 to $399.00. Retake exam increases from $149.00 to $249.00.
- NASC™ Recertification now requires Card Holders to recertify via a Point System (AS-C Recertification Point System)
- The National Assistant at Surgery Council™ is now a
member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance
Established in 1977, the National Organization for Competency
Assurance (NOCA) is the leader in setting quality standards
for credentialing organizations. Through its annual conference,
regional seminars, and publications, NOCA serves its membership
as a clearinghouse for information on the latest trends and
issues of concern to practitioners and organizations focused
on certification, licensure, and human resource development.