Jun 24, 2024  

Surgical First Assistant - Post Associate Certificate of Completion

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Program Code: CHP.35547

The non-physician Surgical First Assistant (SFA) provides aid in exposure, hemostasis and other technical functions that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patients. These activities will be performed only as delegated tasks under the direct and immediate supervision of the responsible surgeon.

Upon accreditation of the program, students who successfully complete the program will receive a Surgical First Assisting Post Associate Certificate and will be qualified to sit for the national certification (CSFA®) through the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Total Semester Credits: 8

Total Semester Credits: 9

Winter First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 3

Spring Second Year:

Total Semester Credits: 3

Total Credits: 23


  1. Prerequisite qualifications for application to the program are: graduate of a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited Surgical Technology, Nursing, or Physician Assistant Program; Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), Nurse-Operating Room (CNOR) or Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C) with certification currency.
  2. Prerequisite qualifications for entry to the program are: provide transcripts from all other colleges attended; be admitted to Delta College; completion with a “C” (2.0) minimum grade in BIO 152W  and BIO 153W  or BIO 240  and BIO 241 , BIO 203W , HSC 105 , and PHM 285  or equivalents; and two years full time experience or 4500 clinical hours in the last three years.
  3. Current immunization and health records, including Hepatitis B inoculation or refusal thereof, and Healthcare Provider certification is required and must be maintained throughout the program.
  4. A maximum of 18 students will be accepted each Winter semester. A minimum of 12 students must be admitted to start a cohort.
  5. Students must achieve a minimum C (2.0) grade in each Surgical First Assistant course to be eligible to continue in the program.
  6. Students must have transportation available to travel to college and clinical sites.
  7. Students are responsible for obtaining their preceptor.
  8. Students are required to show proof of liability insurance covering first assistant activities. Policy on an occurrence basis with limits of $1,000,000 per incident, and $3,000,000 in the annual aggregate.
  9. Health insurance is strongly recommended. You are responsible for paying the cost of any medical expenses due to injury, needle stick or illness during your clinical externship. The College does not provide coverage for such situations.
  10. Students who receive a failing grade in the coursework will be eligible to reapply one time for readmission to the Surgical First Assistant Program and must repeat the failed course successfully. Students may only be readmitted to the program one time. If unsuccessful in the second attempt, students cannot be readmitted to the program.

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