Enhancing the profession to ensure quality patient care.
During World War II, the need for perioperative personnel was overwhelming. The role of the surgical technologist was born and evolved into a separate allied health field. Surgical technologists serve as an integral part of the surgical team providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures.
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). Today, surgical technologists are working in one of the fastest growing professions in the country. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the surgical technology profession will grow faster than the average of all other occupations through the year 2030, and it is
anticipated that the volume of surgery will increase exponentially due to the expanding senior population. As the oldest and most widely recognized professional organization for surgical technologists, AST's primary purpose is to ensure that surgical technologists have the knowledge and skills to administer patient care of the highest quality.
AST, the only national organization that represents more than 80,000 surgical technologists, is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors. On the local level, 50 formed state assemblies address member concerns and issues.
Certified Surgical Technologist Definition
Surgical Technologist Job Description
Surgical Assistant Job Description
CSPS Surgical Team Member Role, Partner Organizations and Credentials
AST Code of Ethics
AST Professional Code of Conduct
Foundation Principles of Surgical Technology
AST Strategic Plan
Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) is committed to the diversity, equality
and inclusion in the workplace and throughout the surgical technology profession.
The AST Board of Directors acknowledges and affirms our commitment to uphold the
association’s code of ethics: to be allies and advocates for all people
regardless of skin color, gender, gender identity and gender expression, ethnic
origins, or religious beliefs.
believe all individuals should be treated equally without disparity or discrimination,
and we support the expression of diverse opinions and perspectives, which help
to initiative change. It is through shared discussions and unique experiences that
we use diversity to create impactful and meaningful practices, polices and
principles that protect our patients and our members.
remains dedicated to ensuring our organization has representation that reflects
our patients and our membership. As surgical technologists, we must advocate
for the safety of our patients and our fellow citizens.