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Get Certified: National Certification for Surgical Technologists

If you are a surgical technologist, it is important for your career that you remain competitive. One way to do this is to make sure that you have your certification, and that it's current.

The Benefits of a Surgical Assistant or Technologist Certification

The more credentials, training and education you possess, the better your chances of realizing success in this field. This holds true for nearly every occupation, and certainly for surgical technologists. Certification can help ensure that you:

  • Remain competitive when looking for a new position
  • Are respected as having expertise in your profession
  • Stay qualified to earn a higher income

Steps to Becoming Certified

  • Enroll and graduate from a program validated by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) accredited surgical technology program.
  • Affiliate yourself with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), whose mission is to provide certification for surgical technologists and surgical first assistants. Take the NBSTSA exam. Pass it and make sure your certification is renewed every four years.
  • Take the exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCTT) exam. It may be able to give you an advantage over the competition must be renewed on a five-year rotation.

National Certification for Surgical Technologist Pre-Requisites

  • You should have a degree, diploma or certification from an accredited school or surgical tech training program. Your program must be accredited by the Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), or the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • You can still work as a surgical technologist if your program is not accredited. However, you cannot take the test to become nationally certified. This could affect advancing in your field.
  • You must pass a written exam that is administered by the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist (LCCST).

Organizations like the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) may be able to help you expand your networking opportunities and discover new job opportunities in your field. Stay connected and stay competitive


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