The non-physician surgical first assistant provides aid in exposure, hemostasis and other functions that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patients. These activities will be performed only as delegated tasks under the direct and immediate supervision of the responsible surgeon.
Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Surgical First Assisting Post Associate Certificate and will be qualified to sit for the national certification (CSFA®) through the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Interested in a career in surgical technology? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.
Assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines or the closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.
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are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.
This number is expected to over the next four years.
of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.
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About Delta's Program
Delta's program is four semesters long, starting in the spring.
It's a cohort program, so students come in as a group and take their classes together from their first semester until their last.
Students may elect to complete their clinical assignments at their current place of employment.
The Surgical Frist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org).
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The program is one of only two in the state of Michigan and ten in the nation to be awarded this accreditation.
Getting your degree in the health field is unique compared to other programs.
Students in the Surgical First Assistant program are required to be:
- Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), (TS-C) or (CORST), Nurse-Operating Room (CNOR) or Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C) with certification currency. And, two years full-time experience or 4,500 clinical hours in the last three years
- Graduates from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited Surgical Technology Program, Nursing or Physician Assistant Program
- Preferably an Associate of Applied Science Degree (or equivalent)
We want to make sure you're ready when you graduate and that the knowledge you gain from your Delta degree is top-notch.
It is the goal of the Delta College’s Surgical First Assistant Program to provide quality education to health care professionals in order to prepare its graduates to be competent entry level surgical first assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”
When you're done, here's what you'll be able to do:
Demonstrate clinical competence.
Exhibit strong ethical behaviors.
Describe the value of diversity related to the workplace setting.
Demonstrate the ability to make independent clinical judgments within the limits of the surgical assistant’s responsibilities.
Demonstrate effective communication skills for the practice setting.
Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills to formulate logical conclusions from the analysis of data.
Why you should choose Delta
Delta College has a good working relationship with our local hospitals that offer several advantages to students. These agreements allow Delta students access particularly to robotic surgery, thus allowing you to train on the actual robots you will encounter in the workplace.
More than 50% of the curriculum is completed online, maximizing time management opportunities for students working full-time.
The surgical technology classroom and labs are part of a $21 million renovation project that was completed in 2013. These state-of-the-art facilities are a real representation of what students will see in actual operating rooms.
In addition to the upgrade to facilities, Delta College has upgraded computer technology including the purchase of an Anatomage anatomy table. The table removes the need to have an actual cadaver lab. Delta College was the first community college in the State of Michigan to have this technology.
Facts & Figures
A 30% job growth is expected through 2022.
140 documented surgical procedures are performed by surgical first assistant students during clinicals.
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