The EVMS Surgical Assisting program strives to be a leader in the training of surgical assistants. In anticipation of the need for skilled assistants working in the surgical field and in the healthcare system, EVMS offers a master’s bridge program to help current practicing surgical assistants, who have received a surgical assistant certificate from EVMS but not a master's degree, advance their careers.

Our 12-month distance learning program begins in January and consists of 8 credit hours of directed study. The program is designed to allow participants to continue their daily professional practice while completing additional coursework to earn a Master in Surgical Assisting (MSA).

At this time, the program is only open to EVMS graduates of the Surgical Assistant certificate program.


The Bridge Program is offered to individuals who meet the following criteria for admission:

  • Have completed the EVMS Surgical Assistant certificate program
  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • Hold a current surgical assisting certification
  • Provide documentation of 72 hours of laparoscopic case experience

Application Procedure

All candidates must submit the following:

The Admissions Committee reviews all applications, and the program director extends invitations of admission to successful applicants. Candidates who accept must submit a $300 deposit, which will be applied to first-semester tuition, to reserve their position in the program.


Course # Course Name Credit Hours
MSA 601 Business of Surgical Assisting Services 3
MSA 602 Medical Ethics of Surgical Assisting 2
MSA 603 Capstone Project 3
  Total 8


Prior to the start of classes, incoming students will receive an email with their EVMS email and login instructions to access myPortal and complete the required pre-matriculation modules. From MyPortal, students can access Blackboard, an online learning platform which will include course syllabi, lectures, assignments and other information. Incoming students should also review the Computer Standards.

Students will complete the program in three consecutive terms over a 12-month period.

Tuition & Fees

EVMS' Surgical Assisting Master's Bridge program tuition and fees are set annually in June by the Board of Visitors and are subject to change without notice. Questions about tuition and fee charges on student accounts should be directed to Financial Services.

Tuition (2018-19)

  • In-state: $865 per credit hour
  • Out-of-state: $882 per credit hour
  • Mandatory fees: $110


Textbook cost is estimated to be $320 for the program.


Individuals who complete the MSA Bridge program will be eligible to participate in EVMS graduation activities at an additional charge. Individuals must contact the program to obtain information about these fees.

Financial Aid

Individuals enrolled in the MSA Bridge program will not be eligible for federal aid because their student status will be less than half-time for the duration of the program. Individuals may seek private loan assistance but not federal loans.