Master of Surgical Assisting, MSA Program

General

Program Description

‌‌‌‌The Master of Surgical Assisting, MSA Program provides a unique opportunity for students with a four-year degree or higher to enter the specialized medical profession of surgical assisting. This two-year program consists of a 10-month didactic phase, with preclinical rotations exposure in the surgical environment. At the end of the ‌12-month clinical phase, students complete eight clinical rotations, serving in the role of a surgical assistant in at least 240 cases. With the successful completion of the program, individuals earn a Master of Surgical Assisting, MSA degree and become certified in 22 months.‌ Our Mission is to train competent surgical assistants in a dynamic academic environment, nurture future educators and leaders of the profession.

Didactic Phase

All classes during the 10-month didactic phase are held on the EVMS campus in our classrooms and simulation skill centers. In the EVMS program students are involved in a structured didactic immersive experience in the clinical environment. This experience provides students with direct observation and active participation with the surgical team to develop the critical clinical skills needed for the Surgical Assistant. Students are exposed to surgical services that include perioperative, intraoperative and postoperative patient care. In addition, students are involved in ancillary surgical services, such as Central Sterile Services and Pathology.

This preclinical training experience complements the knowledge and skills students obtain during the 10-month didactic phase of the program with hands-on instruction in the surgical environment. As a result of this preclinical training experience, students are prepared to enter the clinical training phase of the program with practical experience in the operating room and a strong foundation of surgical knowledge.

Clinical Phase

SA Student in ORIn contrast to other accredited programs, the EVMS program manages and assigns the students' clinical placements. At the end of the 12-month clinical phase, EVMS students:

  • Complete eight clinical rotations.
  • Perform the duties and serve in the role of the surgical assistant in at least 240 cases.
  • Have the equivalent competencies expected of a Junior Surgical Resident.
  • Are eligible to sit for a national certification exam.

Curriculum

Master of Surgical Assisting, MSA Program Credit Hours = 70 Students enrolled in the 70-credit-hour Program will complete:

  • 36 credits of didactic training.
  • 34 credits during the clinical year.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must have completed all undergraduate degree requirements and have been issued a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculating as an EVMS student. If the bachelor’s degree was issued by a U.S. college or university, as a general rule it should be from a regionally accredited institution. However, the program may grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Official transcripts from the awarding institution must specify the date upon which the degree was issued. All individuals must satisfy the admission requirements. Currently, the program does not accept international students or medical graduates.

All candidates must:

  • be a United States citizen or have proof of permanent residency status1.
  • have a baccalaureate degree (in any area of study) and a qualifying grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.
  • have completed all of the prerequisite courses listed in Table 1 (Waivers may be granted based on experience or other factors).
  • have achieved a grade of B- or better in each of the prerequisite courses (All prerequisites must have been completed within the past 10 years).

The program is highly interested in receiving applications from individuals with degrees in biology, chemistry, exercise science, nursing, pre-health/medicine, business and allied health areas. Though prior medical and/or operating room experience is not a prerequisite, paid and non-paid experiences in healthcare are taken into consideration during the application review process. Individuals who are in the process of completing their baccalaureate degree and/or prerequisite courses may apply to the program if they plan to complete these requirements prior to the start of the program. The abilities and skills candidates and students must possess in order to complete the education and training associated with surgical assistant education are referred to as “Technical Standards.” These abilities and skills are essential for clinical practice as a surgical assistant.

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite courses must be completed within the past 10 years with a B- or better for acceptance.

Prerequisite Courses Credit Hours

  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab (human recommended) 6-8.
  • General Biology with lab 3.
  • General or Intro Chemistry with lab 3.
  • Microbiology with lab 3.
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