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    AST relies on the resources of expertise, diversity and creativity available through our members to meet the goals of our Strategic Plan. You have the ability to be involved and to be an influential voice in issues related to achieving the mission and vision of AST. Willingness to become involved with AST leadership, committees, work groups, projects and events is your first step in beginning your journey to personal and professional fulfillment.
  • Appointed Offices

    AST Standing Committees
    Bylaws, Resolutions and Parliamentary Procedures
    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 Bylaws.

    Education 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.

    State 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.

    Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
    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.

    Subcommittee 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.

    National 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.