AST CE Policies for the CST and CSFA

2 INTRODUCTION The AST Continuing Education Policies for the CST and CSFA is provided for CSTs and CSFAs participating in continuing education (CE). CSTs, CSFAs and providers should adhere to these high standards established by the profession to ensure the ongoing educational development of individual practitioners and to demonstrate to the public the profession’s commitment to providing the highest level of quality surgical patient care. The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) is recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) as the responsible authority for the approval of CE for the CST and CSFA, including responsibility for CE credit processing and maintenance, which is subject to NBSTSA audit or verification. The NBSTSA is the responsible authority for all aspects of the certification process including examination eligibility criteria, examination fees, renewal requirements and renewal fees. AST and the NBSTSA work collaboratively on the development of the Continuing Education Policies for the CST and CSFA . CONTENTS CE Mission, Goals & Responsibilities AST CE Mission…………………..…………………………………………....................5 AST CE Goals…………………..……………………………………………....................5 Role and Responsibilities of AST.……………………………………………...................5 Responsibility of the CST and CSFA..................................................................................5 Submitting Your CE Credits to AST Two-Step Process of Renewing the Credential...................................................................6 Member………………………………………………………………………....................6

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