Code of Ethics



As an ABSA, Surgical Assistant - Certified

  • I pledge to pursue and uphold the highest attainable ethical standards.

  • I will place the physical and psychological well-being of my patients above all else.

  • I will continue to improve my medical knowledge and surgical skills.

  • I will conduct myself in a manner that is honest and above reproach, at all times, especially when dealing with my patients, colleagues and medical staff.

  • I will assist my colleagues when requested and will seek their guidance when my own abilities are in doubt.

  • Finally, I will support and strive to advance the objectives and goals of the surgical profession and specifically those of the:

    American Board of Surgical Assistants


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 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.