Why Choose the EVMS Surgical Assistant Program?

Operating RoomThe EVMS Surgical Assistant program is the only pathway for individuals with a four year degree or higher with no medical training to enter the specialized medical profession of surgical assisting. It is the only accredited Surgical Assistant program that does not require individuals to be trained as a surgical technician. 

Students are assigned to the EVMS Department of Surgery's Surgical Resident Teams for 14 weeks. First year Surgical Assistant students conduct rotations in six surgical services. This preclinical training experience complements the knowledge and skills students obtain during the 10-month didactic phase of the program, with hands-on instruction by surgical residents and other surgical faculty. As a result of this preclinical training experience, students are prepared to enter the clinical training phase of the program with practical experience in the operating room and a strong foundation of surgical knowledge. In contrast to other accredited programs, the EVMS program manages and assigns the students' clinical placements.

At the end of the 12-month clinical phase, EVMS students complete eight clinical rotations, perform the duties and serve in the role of the surgical assistant in 240 cases at the minimum, have the equivalent competencies expected of a Junior Surgical Resident, and are eligible to take the National Surgical Assistant Association's certification exam. By attending the EVMS Surgical Assistant program, individuals earn a Master of Surgical Assisting, MSA and become certified in 22 months.

If you are a highly motivated individual interested in entering into the exciting field of surgical assisting, then EVMS is the learning institution for you. EVMS is offering student positions to individuals who are problem solvers in high-stressed situations and possess the capacity and critical thinking skills needed to be strong leaders in the OR setting.