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You are eligible to sit for the ABSA Certification Examination for Surgical Assistants, if you meet one of the categories specified below, marked with an asterisk (*).
Each candidate must possess more than a basic surgical and anatomical knowledge, along with the manual and technical skills necessary to function effectively, in the role of a surgical assistant.
Eligibility criteria and requirements have been set by the American Board of Surgical Assistants, which has final authority, regarding who may or may not sit for the examination. There is no "Grandfather" option available!
We acknowledge that the role and function of a surgical assistant is to assist the surgeon, in the performance of a surgical procedure. It is understood and acknowledged that certification as a surgical assistant through the ABSA (SA-C) does not allow for any independent performance of any medical or surgical procedures, within the United States of America or its territories.
Please Note: Anyone found guilty of "Practicing Medicine Without a License," in the United States of America or its territories, either by court trial or plea agreement, will lose their certification and never be eligible to certify with the ABSA again.
Accommodations for Candidates with Disabilities:
All test centers are fully accessible. If you require a special accommodation, include with your application a letter from your licensed physician (on their letterhead) describing the nature of the limitation, as it applies to writing a standardized, multiple-choice examination. The letter must state the accommodations needed for testing. The accommodations, if approved by the ABSA, will be provided at no extra charge. The Office of the ABSA must receive the application and letter at least forty-five (45) days prior to the examination.