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Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goals

  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 Objectives

Upon program completion, the graduate of the surgical first assisting program at the College of Southern Idaho will:

  1. Begin to correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to their role as a surgical first assistant.

  2. Demonstrate a safe level of practice and knowledge in their role as a graduate surgical first assistant.

  3. Understand the ethical, legal, moral and medical values related to the patient and the Operating Room team during the Perioperative experience.

  4. Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the Perioperative experience.

  5. Demonstrate safe practice techniques in regards to Perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.

  6. Demonstrate and integrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the Perioperative experience.

  7. Apply knowledge and skills as a professional Surgical First Assistant to address the biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient.

  8. Perform as a competent entry-level surgical assistant in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

  9. Value the professional attributes of the Surgical First Assistant.


Beginning with the graduating class of 2015: 
CSI is required by our accrediting body to maintain, and make available to the public the following information: 

Statistics collected annually from August 1, - July 31


More information regarding national pass rates can be found at http://nbstsa.org/certification-statistics.html#2015