Earn CE Now
Part of AST’s mission to provide you with continuing education
More CE Opportunities
We offer the AST Online CE Resource Center.
Please visit the Earn
CE Now page.
Recommended Standards of Practice
AST’s Recommended Standards of Practice are recommendations
or guidelines that are purposefully broad, with the intent that
they be serviceable in a wide variety of settings in which surgical
technologists are employed.
For information about AST’s ongoing opportunities
for continuing education, as well as a list of approved CE providers
and an explanation of AST’s provider approval policies,
please visit the Continuing
There are numerous scholarships available for students in CAAHEP-accredited
programs and for experienced practitioners who want to advance
their education or participate in medical mission work. Visit
the Scholarships page.
National Honor Society
The AST National Honor Society honors outstanding students who strive to achieve the very best
in their education and promote the profession as a whole.
Find a School
Please visit the Accreditation Review Committee on Education
in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST) web site for a
list of CAAHEP-accredited programs.
Click here for a list of frequently
asked questions about accreditation. For additional information,
please visit the ARC-ST website.
AST honors programs who want to ensure their students are successful
after graduation by promoting student membership in AST. Educators
and schools are awarded Amazon.com gift certificates. Read more
about the Galaxy Program.
AST’s Continuing Education Department is proud to offer
educators its Center for Teaching Excellence.
Educator of the Year Awards
Each year, AST recognizes three outstanding educators. For award
criteria, nomination forms and more information - including the new award for new educators, click on Educator of the Year Awards.
All instructors in CAAHEP-accredited programs receive three complimentary
publications from AST:
- The Surgical Technologist journal;
- Instructors Newsletter; and
- ASTSA News (formerly Student Connection), the student association newsletter.
Please visit the Publications page.
Promote the Profession
The annual celebration for National Surgical Technologist Week is held the third week of September. To learn more about this and other ways surgical techs are educating their communities and celebrating the profession, visit Promote
Connect to job listings from throughout the country in AST’s Career Center.
AST can provide you with numerous educational resources, including
textbooks, training DVDs, and more, to assist you in the classroom.
Please visit the AST Online
Also, you can still utilize the Program Assessment Exam (PAE) as another learning tool for students.
Please visit the PAE web site.
Online Discussion Board
Educators can share ideas and connect with
colleagues across the country on one of two AST online discussion boards.