Through our guided training curriculum, the EVMS Surgical Assisting certificate program is designed to deliver candidates an approved curriculum. This 12-month program will start in May each year, beginning in 2022, and be offered online. Students will be required to complete didactic and clinical content requirements. The program will pair students with educational liaisons to support their success in completion of the program.

Eligible candidates must have two years of work experience in the operating room. These individuals include certified surgical technologists, registered nurses or practicing surgical assistants.

Candidates must be currently employed in the operating room.

The institution is currently seeking Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accreditation.

As states continue to enact greater legislation requirements for the practice of surgical assisting, the goal of the EVMS Certificate of Surgical Assisting program is to assist current professionals and those seeking to enter the profession a training avenue that meets the changing requirements of the professional.

Download the Surgical Assisting Certificate Brochure.

Tuition and fees

Tuition costs for the Certificate in Surgical Assisting are based upon the number of credit hours taken per term. Tuition is due at the beginning of each term of your enrollment.

  • Tuition: $11,000
  • Fees: $218

View the Projected Cost of Attendance.

The current projected costs are based on information for the 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to change for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Financial aid

Federal financial aid may be available for any term in which a student is enrolled at least half-time, subject to timely completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Private education loans may be available for less than half-time study. Please contact EVMS Financial Aid at for more information.

Admission requirements

Applicants are who are foreign medical graduates with a Surgical Assistant – Certified (SA-C) and/or individuals with a Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) must provide proof of current membership status by their association, 12 months of case logs, and a signed testament from their employer allowing the candidate to train at their facility(ies). Applicants who are Surgical Technologist must be a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), earned at least an Associate’s Degree in Surgical Technology from an accredited program, two years of work experience as a CST and a signed testament from their employer allowing the candidate to train at their facility(ies).

Applicants must possess a problem-solving/self-directed learning approach to education. Other admission criteria includes:

  • United States citizenship or proof of permanent U.S. residence.
  • Candidates are expected to be in good health to withstand the rigors of the program and to strictly adhere to all rules and regulations of EVMS, as well as those of the clinical facilities where they will receive training.

Application process

The application cycle will open in GradCAS on July 1; applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee through March 31. The program accepts up to 15 applicants per admission cycle. All candidates must submit the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Nonrefundable $125 application fee
  • Two recommendations
  • Personal statement
  • Employment Verification and Employer's Attestation to Training Requirements
  • Official transcripts of all coursework conferring certificate or degree in surgical technology. GradCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from:
  • Current association membership in one of the following:
    • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
    • Certificate Nurse – Operating Room (CNOR)
    • Surgical Assistant – Certified (SA-C)
  • Practicing Surgical Assistants holding credentials of SA-C must submit 12 months of case logs

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

Educational format

Classes will be taught online over three terms (summer [May start], fall and spring).


Course NameCredit Hours
Summer I - 9 Hours
Biomedical Sciences 3 Credits
Principles of Surgical Assisting I 3 Credits
Clinicals I 3 Credits
Fall I - 9 Hours
Principles of Surgical Assisting II 3 Credits
Surgical Anatomy Lecture 3 Credits
Clinicals II 3 Credits
Spring I - 9 Hours
Principles of Surgical Assisting III 3 Credits
Professional Practices Special Topics Series 3 Credits
Clinicals III 3 Credits
  Total Credit Hours: 27