AST is the only national organization that represents over 55,000
surgical technologists and surgical assistants. Established in
1969, AST is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors. On the
local level, 43 formed state assemblies address member concerns
The FELLOW OF THE ASSOCIATION OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS (F.A.S.T.) designation is awarded to recognize those individuals who have upheld the highest professional, ethical and moral standards and traditions of the surgical technology profession, and whose professional activity has been devoted to the advancement of the profession towards improving the quality of surgical patient care.
AST awards F.A.S.T. only to those surgical technologists whose professional activities have been devoted to the practice of surgical technology, and who abide by the AST Code of Ethics and standards of practice. Individuals awarded the F.A.S.T. will commit and adhere to these ethics and standards of practice.