Enhancing the profession to ensure quality patient care.
AST supports quality surgical patient care by promoting the completion of CE to assure the public, certifying bodies and other health professionals that CSTs and CSFAs are maintaining current standards in the field of surgical technology and surgical first assisting.
These policies are provided to ensure the ongoing educational development of individual practitioners and to demonstrate to the public the profession's commitment to providing the highest level of quality surgical care.
Planning a healthcare facility sponsored in-service? AST recognizes the importance of healthcare facility (HCF) planned and sponsored live in-services for CSTs and CSFAs to earn CE credits. Therefore, HCFs are not required to complete an approval process.
The following is a guide to clinical educators or other individuals who plan in-services.
It is the responsibility of the CST and CSFA to recognize that the subject of the in-service is relevant to the practice of surgical technology or surgical first assisting.
Examples of relevant in-service subjects include new
surgical techniques, instrumentation, equipment, supplies and surgical
In-services may be provided by, but not limited to physicians, CSTs, CSFAs, Clinical Educator, RNs, and healthcare manufacturer sales representatives.
AST assigns the value of a CE credit as 50-60 minutes of lecture/demonstration equals 1 CE credit.
However, partial CE credits are accepted. The CE lecture/demonstration must be a minimum of 30 minutes (0.5 CE credits). Partial CE credits are accepted in 15 minute increments past the required 30 minutes; the time is rounded up or down. For example,
a lecture that lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes the CST would receive 1.25 CE credits.
HCF is encouraged to use
AST's Certificate of Attendance. It is the responsibility of the HCF to provide the CST and CSFA with verification
of attendance to the in-service, preferably a certificate of attendance, but the sign-in sheet will be accepted. Either verification must include the following information:
It is the responsibility of the CST and CSFA
to include a copy of the certificate of attendance or sign-in sheet when
submitting the AST CE Reporting Form.