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  • AST National Honor Society

    The AST National Honor Society recognizes the achievement of surgical technology students and the programs and professionals that help provide support. 



  • Applying to National Honor Society

    The mission of the AST National Honor Society (NHS) 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.

    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. If forms are not submitted 30 days prior to graduation, students will not be eligible for nomination. 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 of successful nominations. AST will send the program director a letter and Honor Society Membership Form for each successful nominee. The acceptance form and $25-lifetime membership fee must be received from the student 15 days prior to graduation or additional postage/mailing fees will be applied. 

    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.