As news about COVID-19 dominates media and public safety discussions at state and federal levels, we want you to know that since we are still two months away, we have no plans right now to cancel AST’s 51st Surgical Technology Conference occurring May 28-30, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Your safety is our top priority, however, and we recognize this as an extremely important and evolving situation. We will continue to monitor developments and base any decisions we make concerning our annual conference on the advice of health and safety experts. In addition, we are waiving all cancellation fees for our attendee registrants, and in the case the event is canceled, all attendee registrations will be refunded completely.

As an organization of healthcare professionals, AST recognizes the value that our members place on the importance of infection prevention practices not just when traveling, but every day. We will continue to provide updates. 

Holly Falcon, CST, FAST
AST President

  • Gold Student Exam Bundle Packages for Educators

    Educators, help your students save money on the national certifying exam! They can save substantially by bundling their benefits: AST Student Membership, Study Guide and the CST National Certifying Exam for a total savings of $115! Students must be enrolled in a CAAHEP- or other nationally accredited program to be eligible for this discount. 

  • How to Apply for Gold Student Exam Bundle Packages

    • Complete and send in the Educators Student Group Exam Bundle forms, which includes an AST Student Application. Each student requires his or her own student application.The bundle applications must include the student applications to be processed.
    • Submit all student applications together. Students must be enrolled in CAAHEP- or other nationally accredited program to be eligible. This opportunity is only available to first-time certificants only. Applications must include the student’s residential address, not the school address, to receive an AST membership card, student newsletters, and the monthly journal, The Surgical Technologist.

    • All bundles are shipped to the program director and educator indicated on the application. The bundle applications are processed within three days from the date received. AST processes and ships the study guides to programs by FedEx Ground. Delivery occurs with five to seven days. If rush delivery is required, additional charges apply.

    • The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assistingdoes impose a deadline on the prepaid exam application. Please contact the NBSTSA for more information. 

    Regarding Payment

    Do not send payment with applications!

    AST will confirm the correct payment total by email within three business days. Incorrect payment will be returned and will delay your students from receiving their exam materials from NBSTSA. Be sure you are referencing the current prices. The exam bundles are processed with five business days upon receipt of payment.

    One total payment for all applications is required and needs to be submitted AFTER AST approves the Gold Bundle Packages from your students. Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) offer the fastest service. Paying by cashier’s check , money order or institutional check requires additional time for processing. Purchase orders are not accepted.  Due to excessive insufficient funds, student personal checks and credit cards are not accepted. 

    How to Submit to AST

    • Email: Send scanned pdf files of the applications 
    • Fax: 303-694-9169 
    • Mail: AST, Member Services, 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Ste 200, Littleton, CO 80120
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