The term CSA shall apply to all eligible candidates who successfully pass the CSA examination offered by the National
Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants (NCCSA). The CSA certification confirms that the Certified Surgical
Assistant has met or exceeded the necessary requirements to carry-out the essential duties of a surgical assistant and that
they continue to meet ongoing requirements through continuing education and advanced training.
Please be advised that, as of January 1st, 2019, there will be substantive changes to the alternate pathways for CSA eligibility. Beginning on this date, only physicians and appropriately educated military personnel will be qualified to sit for the CSA exam, without completion of a formal CAAHEP accredited program in surgical assisting.
SCOPE OF PRACTICE
Surgical Assistants assist physicians in surgery and may perform specific significant surgical tasks under "personal
supervision". (Significant surgical tasks include, but are not limited to: opening and closing
surgical sites, exposure of the surgical site, harvesting grafts, dissecting tissue, removing tissue, implanting devices, altering tissues).
Surgical Assistants may, under "personal supervision", perform specific significant tasks which include, but are not limited
to, applying and removing splints/casts, placing Foley catheters, IV's , and arterial lines, administering local anesthesia, and
other such procedures as requested and necessary.