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AST Headquarters will be closed November 26-27, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen Monday, November 30 at 8 am MT. We wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
AST Standing Committees
Bylaws, Resolutions and
The President makes appointments annually with approval of the Board for a term of two years, with a maximum of three terms, as vacancies occur. The Committee is responsible for preparing, reviewing, and recommending amendments to the AST
Bylaws,including those proposed by members, and reviews and approves bylaws of constituent divisions to ensure conformity with AST
and Professional Standards Committee
The President makes appointments annually with approval of the Board for a term of two years, with a maximum of three terms, as vacancies occur. The Committee develops strategies to standardize and enhance the quality of entry-level surgical technology education, ensures the relevance of the Core Curriculum,
reviews production of educational products, develops Standards of Practice and communicates with educators.
Assembly Leadership Committee
The President makes appointments annually with approval of the Board for a term of two years, with a maximum of three terms, as vacancies occur. The Committee oversees all state assembly activities and serves as the state liaison between the Board and the individual constituent organizations. The Committee educates
and motivates members of individual state assemblies regarding legislative initiatives and mentors state assemblies to achieve success.
Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
Board of Directors
The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting establishes, maintains and promotes appropriate standards of quality for educational programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting. Appointed for three-year terms, the
eight-member Board of Directors consists of three surgical technology educators and one surgical assisting educator appointed by AST, two surgeons appointed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and an allied health dean and a surgical technology educator appointed by ARC/STSA.
on Accreditation for Surgical Assisting (SASA)
The Subcommittee on Accreditation for Surgical Assisting helps to administer the surgical assisting accreditation process. Appointed by the ARC/STSA for three-year terms, the five-member Subcommittee is composed of two representatives with appropriate academic experience and knowledge (one is nominated by AST
and one is nominated by the National Surgical Assistants Association, NSAA), and one academic administrator for allied health is appointed by ARC/STSA.
Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
Board of Directors
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting is the credentialing agency for surgical technologists and surgical assistants and is solely responsible for certification exam content and test administration. Appointed for three-year terms, the nine-member Board of Directors consists of
six CSTs and CSFAs (five of whom are appointed by AST and one by NBSTSA), one public member appointed by AST, one surgeon appointed by (ACS) and one surgical technology education appointed by NBSTSA.
If you are interested in serving on an AST National Committee or serving on the board or committee of the ARC/STSA and NBSTSA, please fill out and submit AST's
Consent to Serve and Curriculum Vitae.