When you become a student member of AST, you're automatically
a member of our student-focused organization, ASTSA - the Association of Surgical Technolgists Student Association.
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Finding an accredited surgical technology program is very important for students. In order to sit for the
national certification exam, students must have graduated from an accredited school.
By passing the certification exam, students
are able to use the CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) credential. This designation is important to your future
career, because many states and health-care facilities now require
certification prior to employment.
Read more, including a list of accredited schools, on the Accreditation page. Read more about certification on the Certification page.
There are several opportunities for students to receive
financial assistance. Learn more about them on the Scholarships page.
The AST National Honor Society recognizes outstanding students
and offers a special scholarship for students who extend their education
into an accredited surgical assisting program. Click on the Honor
Join online, by fax or mail.
NOTE: The Gold and Silver Discounted Exam Student Bundles are not available online. Requirements to purchase the exam bundles:
1) Only for students who
have never held the CST credential, do not hold the CST credential currently, and have never taken the national CST exam administered by the NBSTSA.
2) Formally enrolled in an accredited CAAHEP or ABHES program.
Online - To join, click here. You must be formally enrolled in a program accredited by the CAAHEP or ABHES. Both CAAHEP and ABHES
have a list of accredited programs on their web sites.
Fax/Mail - Open this student-only membership application. Fill out the information in the interactive fields, and then print. Fax number and mailing address are listed on the form.
Student members receive two free publications from AST -- ASTSA News (formerly Student Connection) and The Surgical Technologist monthly journal. Please
see the Publications page
for descriptions of both.
Another benefit of being a member of AST is the online Career Center. Check it out for future job possibilities across
Textbooks, study guides, medical dictionaries - surgical technology
students learn A LOT in school! You get a discount on a long list
of valuable resources if you're a student member of AST. Visit the AST Online Store to see what would help you in school.
Online Discussion Board
Talk about your classes, ask questions, or find encouragement from students across the country who are also balancing school, family, work, and more on the online discussion board.