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The AS-C exam (discontinued for new applicants July 1, 2014) was developed by the National Center for Competency Testing, Inc. (NCCT). The NCCT has been a certification test developer since 1989. NCCT is an independent, third party testing agency owing no allegiance to any group or organization. This position allowed the NCCT to remain totally unbiased in developing the AS-C™ exam.

The NCCT is an agency run by professional educators who are committed to providing the highest quality certification examinations in the industry. NCCT offers certifications primarily in the medical arena. Over one hundred thousand people now successfully carry NCCT credentials into hospitals, surgery centers and physician offices every day throughout all fifty states and abroad.

In addition, the NCCT is recognized by the United States Department of Human Resources in the Public Health Division, and the United States Department of Labor. The NCCT is a member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The NCCT supports national skill standards for allied health professionals and has developed and disseminated information promoting the National Skills Standards Board (NSSB) in Washington, D.C. In addition, their operating room certification is prominently listed in the U.S. government’s Department of Labor Statistics ‘Occupational Outlook Handbook’.

In developing the AS-C exam, over 300 directors of surgery were surveyed nationwide to determine how they might improve on what was currently available in certification for first assistants. The survey results showed that these directors wanted a certification exam that embodied both practicality and theory – with an emphasis on ‘practicality’. This survey became the bedrock of AS-C certification.

As a result, the AS-C exam places more weight on the unique needs of the intraoperative phase of surgery.

AORN Article, July 2004, recommends AS-C exam as one of the quality and credible exams available for first assistants, with this conclusion:

“…. As the number of surgical or invasive procedures continues to increase, there will be a corresponding demand for first assistants. AORN members who supervise the OR and are required to check the credentials of those working there must know where to go to determine whether an individual is properly certified to work as a first assistant. This information also is important for individuals who are involved with verifying credentials and for risk managers who are working to advance safe, patient-centered, health care delivery.“  VEIW ARTICLE BELOW:

The AS-C exam (discontinued for new applicants July 1, 2014) is made up of 200 multiple-choice questions based on the following major topics of study:

  • Surgical Patient Care
  • Surgical Skills
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Procedure Considerations

The RNAS-C™ exam is made up of 230 multiple-choice questions based on the following major topics of study:

  • Surgical Patient Care
  • Surgical Skills
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Procedure Considerations
  • Preoperative and Post Operative Considerations

Both the AS-C exam (discontinued for new applicants July 1, 2014) and RNAS-C™ are voluntary testing programs and reliable instruments used to assess qualified health care professionals’ qualifications, competencies and knowledge in the field of assistant at surgery. They are an evaluative process demonstrating that rigorous education and experience requirements have been met. At this time, AS-C and RNAS-C are voluntary and not required by law for employment in the field, although some agencies may use these certifications as a basis for employment, job promotions, salary increases, or other career considerations.

 Notice: The RNAS-C and AS-C Exams cannot be administered with 'hard copies' and must be taken online at a certified Testing Center.