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Surgical First Assistant Clinical
Clinical preceptorship is to provide clinical experience in the surgical environment in basic surgical skills of assisting, under the direct supervision of the surgeon in the areas of general surgery, orthopedic, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, thoracic, neuro, Ob/Gyn, trauma, ENT, organ procurement/transplant, and pediatric surgery. The student will demonstrate a safe level of practice, and a proficiency evaluation from their preceptor is required upon completion of each rotation.
Cindy Schneider
1. Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of responsibility toward the learning experience.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of surgical conscience and the role of the surgical first assistant.
4. Demonstrate the need for preoperative planning and individualized preparation for each surgical intervention.
5. Describe and practice safety measures in the surgical environment.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic sciences related to surgical assisting.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of the skills necessary to function safely and effectively as a surgical first assistant during clinical practice.
8. Demonstrate knowledge of and assist with surgical procedures.
9. Perform patient care procedures related to the surgical environment and methods for meeting patient's needs.
10. Demonstrate skills of accurate documentation.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical responsibilities as applied to the surgical first assistant's role.
12. Employ consistent post-procedural decontamination and preparation for subsequent patient care

Certified First Assistant - NBSTSA

Certified First Assistant - NBSTSA

Career Cluster Resources for Health Sciences
National Board of Surgical Technology and
Surgical Assisting
Surgical Technology Series - MAVCC

Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Surgical First Assistant