The Association of Surgical Technologists was established in 1969
by members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American
Hospital Association (AHA), and the Association of periOperative
Registered Nurses (AORN). To learn more about AST's history and
its contributions to this profession, please visit the About AST page.
About the Profession
Surgical technology is one of the fastest growing professions in
the country. It is projected to grow faster than the average of
all other occupations through the year 2012. For more information,
please visit the About the Profession page.
AST offers a wealth of member benefits to help you advance your
career and provide high quality patient care. To learn more about
the personal and professional benefits of becoming a member of AST,
click on Membership.
To become a member of AST or to renew your current membership, please
visit the Renew/Join page.
Fellow of AST
The Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists (FAST) designation
recognizes those individuals who have upheld the highest standards
and traditions of the surgical technology profession, and whose
professional activities have been devoted to the advancement of
the profession toward improving the quality of surgical patient
care. To learn more about this prestigious award and to download
an application, please visit the Fellow of
AST is run by a national Board of Directors, elected in the House
of Delegates by representatives of 43 formed state assemblies. Click
on Leadership to learn more about
the governing bodies within the organization.
For a list of web links to other health care organizations, including state assemblies and AST Approved CE Providers, click on Related Organizations.
Where Are Forms ...?
Looking for a membership form? A scholarship application? A Date Request form? A list of the most-requested forms is available on the Where Are Forms...? page.