Surgical First Assistant

Contact: Janet Milligan, (208) 732-6706

The Surgical First Assisting program at the College of Southern Idaho provides advanced training for students who are already Certified Surgical Technologists to achieve a higher level of performance in the operating room. The role of the first assistant is to assist the surgeon by performing advanced technical skills during surgical procedures. At the completion of this nationally accredited program students will earn an Associate of Applied Science. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354).

Applying to this program is a separate application process from applying to the College. You will not be able to declare this program as your major until you have met with the program director. Additional information and current application requirements can be found at

To promote success on the certification/licensure examination(s), all Required Courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Gainful Employment data for this program may be found on the department web page:

Upon successful completion of the Surgical First Assistant program, a student will be able to:

  1. To provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as surgical first assistants and become contributing members of the health care team.
  2. To prepare competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains.
  3. To meet or exceed the criteria set forth by current standards for a CAAHEP accredited educational program in surgical first assisting. 

Program Application Required: Yes

Sample Career Opportunities: Surgical Technologists