Surgical Assisting

Surgical Assisting

Surgical assistants are advanced allied health professionals, and the first people surgeons turn to help ensure safe, effective, streamlined surgical procedures. Under supervision of the surgeon, surgical assistants are responsible for skills ranging from body plane closures, wound visualization, hemostasis and the application of advanced knowledge of all surgical phases.


Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Collin College Surgical Assisting Program is the only program in Texas and one of only 13 nationwide.


The Advanced Technical Certificate in Surgical Assisting is a one-year program that begins in the summer semester and continues in the fall and spring semesters. Classes are hybrid and offered at the McKinney Campus and online. Enrollment is limited and competitive. Upon successful completion of the program the student is awarded an Advanced Technical Certificate in Surgical Assisting and is eligible to sit for the NBSTSA National Certified Surgical First Assist (CSFA) exam.

Additional Information


Graduates of the Surgical Assisting program are entitled to an Advanced Technical Certificate in Surgical Assisting and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Those students passing the certification exam are allowed to use the title Certified Surgical First Assist (CSFA)NBSTSA logo

(800) 707-0057

3 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120


The Surgical Assisting program operates under the standards of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Assisting.



19751 East Mainstreet, Suite #339
Parker, CO 80138


The Collin College Surgical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.CAAHEP logo

(727) 210-2350

9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Graduate Outcomes

Graduate outcomes statistics will be updated soon.

Technical Standards

  1. Ablility to bend and stoop; able to stand and/or sit for long periods of time in one location with minimum/no breaks  
  2. Ablility to lift a minimum of 50 pounds to assist moving patients  
  3. Ablility to refrain from nourishment or restroom breaks for periods up to 6 hours or more  
  4. Demonstrate sufficient visual ability enough to load a fine (10-0) suture onto needle holders with/without corrective lenses and while wearing safety glasses  
  5. Demonstrate sufficient peripheral vision to anticipate and function while in the sterile surgical environment  
  6. Hear and understand muffled communications without visualization of the communicator’s mouth/lips within 20 feet  
  7. Hear activation/warning signals on equipment  
  8. Ability to detect odors sufficient to maintain environmental safety and patient needs  
  9. Manipulate instruments, supplies and equipment with speed, dexterity and good eye-hand coordination  
  10. Ambulate/move around without assistive devices  
  11. Able to assist with and/or lift, move, position and manipulate the patient who is unconscious with or without assistive devices  
  1. Communicate and understand fluent English both verbally and in writing, including health care information in order to communicate effectively with surgeons and staff to assure patient safety
  2. Exhibit social skills necessary to interact effectively with surgeons, patients, families, Co-workers and supervisors of the same or different cultures such as respect, politeness, tact, collaboration, teamwork and discretion  
  1. Possess short and long term memory sufficient to perform tasks such as, but not limited to, mentally tracking surgical supplies and performing anticipation skills intraoperatively  
  2. Able to make appropriate judgment decisions  
  3. Demonstrate the use of positive coping skills under stress  
  4. Demonstrate calm, appropriate and effective responses, especially in emergency situations  
  5. Exhibit positive interaction skills during patient, staff and faculty interactions



CSFA 1371 - Fundamentals and Surgical Safety

CSFA 2371 - Surgical Procedures

CSFA 2472 - Suturing, Knot Tying, Hemostasis, and Wound Healing

HITT 2435 - Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies



CSFA 1172 - Pharmacology and Anesthesia

CSFA 1173 - Principles of Surgical Assisting Lab I

CSFA 1175 - Perioperative Microbiology and Bioscience

CSFA 2372 - Operative Anatomy and Pathophysiology I

CSFA 2473 - Surgical Assisting Clinical I



CSFA 1176 - Complications in Surgery

CSFA 2171 - Role Definition, Ethical, Legal, and Moral Responsibilities

CSFA 2173 - Principles of Surgical Assisting Lab II

CSFA 2373 - Operative Anatomy and Pathophysiology II

CSFA 2474 - Surgical Assisting Clinical II(Capstone)



Program Cost

Costs are estimated and are subject to change.



Collin County Residents: $2,108

Texas Out-of-County Resident: $3,978
Out-of-State/Country: $6,358


Books: $190

Uniforms: $60 per set

Drug Screen: $40

Certification Exam: $190


Additional finanical information can be obtained from the bursar's website.

Collin Bursar Website

Contact Information

Donna Smith

Director of Surgical Professions


Office: (972) 548-6854


Christopher Scott
Professor/Clinical Coordinator of Surgical Assisting

Office: (214) 491-6260


Application Process

Step 1 - Review Admission Criteria

This Advanced Technical Certificate is designed for Surgical Technologists and requires:

  • A current certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) from an accredited program
  • An Associate’s Degree or higher with an overall GPA of 2.5 from all college courses completed
  • A minimum of two years’ experience as a working CST


Alternative admission criteria includes:

  • Operating Room Nurse with current CNOR certification
  • Physician Assistant graduate of an accredited medical school
  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher with three years of current surgical assisting operating room experience


Step 2 - Apply to Collin College

Students will need to apply and be accepted to Collin College, before they are able to apply to the Surgical Assisting Program.


If the applicant is transferring credits from another school, offical transcripts will need to be sent to the Admissions Department during the application process.


Acceptance to Collin College does not guarantee acceptance to the program.


Students can refer to the Admissions department for information on how to apply to Collin College.

Admissions Department


Step 3 - Apply to Surgical Assisting

After students have been accepted to Collin College, students will need to complete and submit a Surgical Assisting application.


Application deadline was April 26th, 2024 for the 2024-2025 class year.


Future applicants will find a link to the application here, please check back at a later time.


The Following documents will also need to be submitted with your application:

  • Copy of Current CST Certification/Verification
  • Copy of AST membership
  • Copy of American Heart Association BLS
  • Hand written, well-developed, one to two-page essay discussing why Surgical Assisting has been selected as a career choice and why attendance at the Collin College program is desired.

Additionally, you will need two letters of recommendation from physicians that can attest to your character and aptitude in the surgical setting. The letters will need to be directly submitted from the surgeon to Program Director Donna Smith,


Completed applications will need to be submitted via email to:
Donna R Smith, Director of Surgical Professions

Office: (972) 548-6854

Step 4 - Interview

After applying, students will recieve a 3 question survey from the Director of the program, Donna R Smith ( and will also recieve instructions on how to schedule an interview with the Surgical Assisting Program Staff. Students should expect typical interview questions and should be dressed for sucess.

Surgical Professions are three programs providing a strong foundation upon which students can build their career in surgical services.


Surgical Professions Department


Surgical Assisting Surgical Technology Central Sterile Processing