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Please Note – On July 4, 2017 – AST will be closed in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen at 8 am Wednesday, July 5, 2017.


  • Member Benefits
  • Member Discounts and Benefits

    You work hard and earn every penny of your salary. For over 20 years, AST hasn't raised its membership fees so we can help you stay active professionally without undermining your pocketbook. We offer you as many benefits as possible - including credit cards and malpractice insurance. After all, you deserve it! 

  • Benefits

    Being a member of AST really does have its benefits.

    • Low membership fee. The AST membership fee of $80 has been in place for more than 20 years. AST has kept the low fee a priority while other associations have raised its membership fees.
    • Cost savings when registering for AST events, such as the national conference and Educators Event.
    • State-specific legislative efforts driven by AST National to further along the profession.
    • Discounted CE opportunities that are offered by AST, including CE Credit Packages.
    • Automatic transfer of CE credits to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
    • Automatic recording of CE credits earned through AST online offerings and earned at AST events such as the national conference.
    • Submittal of CE credits at any time during your membership so you don’t lose those valuable certificates of completion/attendance.
    • Maintenance of your CE credit certificates for 5 years. 
    • Annual CE credit letter; a tally of how many credits you earned throughout the year.  
    • Having a say when it comes to you state's assembly board. Active members get to vote for their state assembly Board of Directors.
    • Communications including The Surgical Technologist, monthly e-newsletters, AST Discussion Board and AST social media sites, including Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.
    • Leadership opportunities to serve on state assembly and national boards as well as state and national committees.
    • Scholarship opportunities for students, educators and CSTs.
    • The AST Career Center, where you can post your resume and obtain information on job openings.
    • Legislative updates and support for your state.
    • Access to the Map of State Laws
    • An opportunity to published in The Surgical Technologist. If your CE article is published, you earn CE credits.   

    Discounts 

    Member-Get-A-Member

    Earn two or more months of FREE membership with the Member-Get-A-Member program. Recruit colleagues and AST will extend your membership by the appropriate number of months. Here's how:

    • Recruit a valid new member at the one-year membership rate of $80.
    • Make sure that each person you recruit provides AST with your name and your AST member number when filling out their application.
    • After AST receives the recruited member's application, we will extend your membership by two months for each person you recruit.
    • Recruit two members at the $80-level, and we'll extend your membership by four months! The more people you recruit, the longer you membership gets extended.

    Bonus membership months are not applicable to members who recruit themselves, students or retired/disabled members. No substitutions will be permitted. Your membership must be current to receive the bonus months. Potential members MUST supply your name and your AST member number in order for you to receive bonus membership months. If a person's membership has lapsed for more than a year, they are considered a new member.

    Call our Member Services team at 1.800.637.7433 for more information.


    AST Credit Card

    The Association of Surgical Technologists Visa credit card features great benefits and gives back at the same time.A percentage of every purchase you make with the card goes to AST, so you can support your favorite organization by doing all the things you normally do*. You'll have online access to your account, auto rental insurance, convenient cash access at thousands of ATMs, Visa's Zero Fraud Liability Protect, Travel Accident Insurance and Travel Assistance Services.1

    Thank you for using the Association of Surgical Technologists Visa Platinum Rewards Card. You are supporting the AST mission of ensuring quality patient care. Learn more or apply for your own Association of Surgical Technologists Visa card today!

    Cards issed by UMB Bank, na. 

    1 See the Rewards Rule and Guide to Benefits that accompany your card for details. Auto Rental Insurance and Travel Accident Insurance provided at no additional cost. Certain exclusions and conditions may apply. Visa's Zero Liability Policy covers US-issued cards only and does not apply to certain commercial card transactions or any transactions not processed by Visa. You must notify your financial institution immediately of any unauthorized use. For specific restrictions limitations and other details, please consult your issuer.