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. Read more on the About the Profession page.
Surgical technologists and surgical assistants can advance
their careers into other related fields. See how some AST members
are currently employed outside the operating room on the Professional
Certification is vital to this profession and its mission to
provide the best possible patient care. Read why on the Certification page.
A significant part of AST’s mission is to provide opportunities
for continuing education. There are opportunities for practitioners,
educators and students on the Continuing
Earn CE Now
One of the easiest ways to earn continuing education (CE) credits
is AST’s online resource for continuing education. There
are literally hundreds of Journal articles and PowerPoint presentations
that you can read online and then fill out the accompanying exam.
Both the exam and your payment can be submitted directly to AST.
Please see the Earn CE Now page.
Another benefit of membership is the opportunity to stay updated
on the profession, read clinical articles, and find out what’s
happening in the organization in one of AST’s publications .
Promote the Profession
See photos and read about celebrations from across the
country on the Promote the Profession page.
AST members can receive a special discounted rate on malpractice
Job postings from throughout the United States and internationally
are available at the AST
AST offers numerous educational resources, including the newest
Wound Closure Techniques 2-disc Set, in the AST
Online Discussion Board
Stay connected with other members, share advice or offer encouragement
on the Online Discussion Board for practitioners. Links to a separate board for students and educators
can also be accessed from this page.