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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.

12.01.07 – AS-C national exam fee increases from $299.00 to $399.00. Retake exam increases from $149.00 to $249.00.

2.8.07 - NASC™ Recertification now requires Card Holders to recertify via a Point System (AS-C Recertification Point System)

1.8.06 - The National Assistant at Surgery Council™ is now a member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA)

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.