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Surgical First Assist

  • Welcome

    The Surgical First Assistant is a highly skilled professional, trained and educated to function as a valuable and integral part of the surgical team.  They are responsible for rendering quality patient care to each individual entrusted to their care or the care of the surgical team.

    You're a Good Fit for this program because . . .

    • Program length is 2 semesters (9 months within the program courses)
    • Students graduate with an Certificate in Surgical First Assisting
    • Students sit for their national certification exam before graduation.  CSFA (Certified Surgical First Assist ) (CAAHEP Accredited program)


    This program is online with four evenings of lab practice. The online component is designed to accommodate those students in the Lincoln area and outside of Lincoln.

    Special Online Requirements:

    Online students complete the didactic portion via their computer with the final exams being proctored at a pre-approved site in their area. Online students are required to travel to the Lincoln Campus to complete the lab portion. Lab evenings are 4-4 hour evenings the second week of the fall semester. Online students are required to find a clinical site in their area to complete their education. Online students can work in conjunction with the local community college in their area to complete the prerequisite course. All final exams within the online program will be proctored at sites pre-approved by the program. Students must be presently employed at a supporting facility.

    The Surgical First Assisting Program at Southeast Community College has accreditation pending by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763

    How to get started

    Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution.


    The Surgical First Assisting Program is an integral unit of the Health Science Department of Southeast Community College. The mission of the Surgical First Assisting Program is to use cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning in order to prepare graduates to function as proficient, entry-level Surgical First Assistants.

    Employment Outlook

    O*Net online reports a median wage of $20.88 in Nebraska.

    Starting Terms

    Fall Semester.