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

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  • National Honor Society

    The mission of the AST National Honor Society is to recognize the achievement of surgical technology students and to support the learning and professional development of our members who strive to improve the surgical technology profession. Students may use this as an opportunity to display their pride in themselves and their chosen profession.



    • Applying to National Honor Society

      Requirements for Membership

      • A student must complete 85% of the graduation requirements at a CAAHEP-accredited surgical technology program.
      • The student must maintain and have no less than a cumulative 3.75 GPA (based on a 4.0 grading scale).
      • The student must have at least a 95% overall attendance rate.
      • The student must be a good school citizen and have neither past nor present disciplinary actions.
      • The student must project qualities of integrity and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities.
      • The student must be a member of AST.
      • To maintain membership and receive the benefits of membership in the Honor Society after graduation, an individual must maintain continuous, uninterrupted membership in AST. 

      Accepting Nominations

      • Nominations will be accepted only from the program director of a CAAHEP-accredited surgical technology program. The program director may nominate any number of students per class that meet the criteria.  
      • The program director must submit the nomination form to AST 30 days prior to graduation. The nomination form can be mailed, emailed or faxed to AST.
      • AST will review the nominations, verify the information submitted and contact the program director for additional information, if necessary.
      • AST will make the final selection and notify the program director (by email) of successful nominations. The acceptance form and $25 lifetime membership fee must be received (by mail) from the student 15 days prior to graduation o. 

      Membership Fees

      NHS members pay a one-time $25 lifetime membership fee. This is only for lifetime membership in the Honor Society. It does not include AST membership.

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