Revised statement on surgical
technology training and certification
The following statement was revised by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Perioperative
Care and the revision was reviewed and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting.
Surgical technologists are individuals with spe- cialized education who function as members of
the surgical team in the role of a scrub person. With
additional education and training, some surgical
technologists function in the role of surgical first assistant.
Surgical technology programs are accredited by
the Accreditation Review Council on Education in
Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting—a collaborative effort between the Association of Surgical
Technologists and the ACS, under the auspices of
the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs. Accredited programs provide
both didactic education and supervised clinical
experience based on a core curriculum for surgical technology.
Graduates of accredited surgical technology programs are eligible for certification by the
National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical
Assisting—a collaborative effort between the Association of Surgical Technologists and the ACS composed
of representatives including certified surgical technologists, a surgeon, and a member of the public.
Therefore the ACS strongly supports the following:
•Adequate education and training of all surgical technologists, the accreditation of all surgical technology
educational programs, and the examination for certification of all graduates of accredited surgical technology
educational programs ♦
The ACS offers this statement for consideration by sur-
geons, their hospitals, and health care organizations. This
statement is provided as general guidance. It does not con-
stitute a standard of care and is not intended to replace the
professional judgment of the surgeon or health care ad-
ministrator. The statement may be reviewed and modified
as necessary to conform with the laws of the applicable ju-
risdiction, the circumstances of the individual hospital and
health care organization, and requirements of other allied
and health care organizations.