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Marcia in Fort Bragg, California

62 months ago

Can a scrub tech also be a first assist in California?

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Theresa in Clermont, Florida

58 months ago

gloria martinez in Baltimore, Maryland said: hey Tenika,
I was wondering! I am moving from Maryland to Orlando in about 1 month and I am searching for jobs over there and I have NO idea what a typical Surgical Tech makes in that area. I have 5 years experience and can scrub everything. Over here in Maryland we make about 27 to 45 dollars an hour. What is the range I can expect when I move there. Does 22 dollars an hour seem unrealistic? Please respond I have no one to help me with relocating.

There is no way you will make that much money in Orlando . i've been a tech for 20years and work in Orlando and i only make $20 and change. If you find a job in Orlando making more let me know.

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xokirstiek6xo in Lakeland, Florida

53 months ago

does anyone know about the new RN program at concorde career institute in orlando fl? the people there were really nice and made the program sound perfect but all i read on the internet is how bad concorde is. so is there any RN students in orlando reading this? let me know how the program and teachers are!

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BBNY21 in Phoenix, Arizona

51 months ago

Gone Fishin in Houston, Texas said: 1-2 dollars...whoever told you that is either the worst assistant on this planet or is seriously being taken advantage of. As with anything assisting is geographical and you'll make more money in certain parts of the country than others, this is true with Surg tech as well and probably any other profession.It also depends on a whetehr you are hospital empoyed (lowest icome range) private physician employed( medium incmoe renage) or self employed billing for yourself (highest Income range). In Texas for example a self employed Assistant billing for themselves should be making well over $150,000.00 and I have friends who are making upwards of $250,000.00 with 5-10 years experience (in Texas). See the American Medical association's income ranges.... www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/education-careers/careers-health-care/health-care-income.shtml

How can you become a self employed Assistant??

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Mary in Canoga Park, California

42 months ago

I have clients who are certified as CST and they make anywhere from 7-10k a month by billing insurance companies for assists at surgery. Most of them didn't even know they could do this.

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CSA III in Hopkinsville, Kentucky

40 months ago

Kim in Orlando, Florida said: Yes, I did I have been working in the OR at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford for almost eight years. I went to High Tech Inst In Orlando FL, and I took my certification with National Center for Competency Testing. Iam interested in becoming a CSTFA.Could you guide me in the right direction I am thinging about traveling and so I need something that I will beable to be certified no matter what state I work in. Iam already a CST but someone told me that because I went through NCCT for my certification that I was only certified in FL and no where else is that true.

Actually, no State recognizes your Certification. Most every Hosp,anymore REQUIRES certification thru AST for Surg Techs. High Tech's Surg Tech was NEVER accrediated. [their so called college was}. You'll have to contact AST for info on becoming Certified thru them. As for 1st Assist, there are not many Accediated programs and you must be a CST, RN et al to be elgible to apply. And to the Houston guy who says there is no such thing as a CSTFA...He is dead wrong. That IS the Credential that AST {or whatever they're called now days, gives you when you pass their 1st asst exam.} Contact NSAA or Meridian for info on 1st Asst Programs.

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CSA III in Hopkinsville, Kentucky

40 months ago

Theresa in Clermont, Florida said: There is no way you will make that much money in Orlando . i've been a tech for 20years and work in Orlando and i only make $20 and change. If you find a job in Orlando making more let me know.

Nope, you'll be lucky with 5 yrs to make 15-16.

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CSA III in Hopkinsville, Kentucky

40 months ago

Gabriel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa said: CFA 's are higher trained than CST's. They can "legally" close cases (sutures) and they are the surgeons assistant . The CST can assess what instrument will be needed next whereas the CFA can call for instruments and use them in assistance to the surgeon.
TO be a CFA without going to school, you have to have a certain number of cases certified by a qualified surgeon and sit for the 250 question 4 hour exam. (See NBSTSA for specific requirements) Currently there is a 25% fail rate on the CST exam and nearly a 50% fail rate on the CFA exam. The CFA exam is much more intense in advanced knowledge and case management . It is about 10 times more difficult than the CST exam. The NBSTSA and NSAA (nssa.net) should always be the first places you look for information.

You have to go to a school to be a 1st Assist. You have to be a CST to get in, pass all the classes and have all your cases documented and have a MD sponser you. THEN you apply to take the National Exam, [took mine thru NSAA} passed with flying colors. Oh....I've taken the CST exam several times in lieu of CEU's...EVERY question is word for work, sentence by sentence out of the ALEXANDER'S CARE OF THE PATIENT IN SURGERY.

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prettyroman in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

CSA III in Hopkinsville, Kentucky said: You have to go to a school to be a 1st Assist. You have to be a CST to get in, pass all the classes and have all your cases documented and have a MD sponser you. THEN you apply to take the National Exam, [took mine thru NSAA} passed with flying colors. Oh....I've taken the CST exam several times in lieu of CEU's...EVERY question is word for work, sentence by sentence out of the ALEXANDER'S CARE OF THE PATIENT IN SURGERY.

There also the Absa.net

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prettyroman in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

If you need a prep class to help with Certification
Go to trsurgical.com

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prettyroman in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

Tenika RomanCSt/CFA in Orlando, Florida said: I am CST/ CFA
Here were you can do.
It the best thing that ever happen to me and
crew a Womens Hopstial
www.nifaonlinecampus.com/

I started my company www.trsurgical.com

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monicarivera in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

Tenika RomanCSt/CFA in Orlando, Florida said: I am CST/ CFA
Here were you can do.
It the best thing that ever happen to me and
crew a Womens Hopstial
www.nifaonlinecampus.com/

Hi tenika
I am a surgical first assist interested in some info about help on passing
CFA exam
Do you do any training for NBSTSA exam or only ABSA
Either way can you please help me out
Thank you very much

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prettyroman in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

monica rivera in Orlando, Florida said: Hi tenika
I am a surgical first assist interested in some info about help on passing
CFA exam
Do you do any training for NBSTSA exam or only ABSA
Either way can you please help me out
Thank you very much

Email me tr@trsurgical.com
And I will give you all the information.
Yes Only ABSA! All my people do very well on the exam.
Look at the trsurgical.com site and Facebook!

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prettyroman in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2013/0360/BillText/c1/PDF

www.surgicalassistant.org/

www.absa.net/

www.floridasurgicalassistants.org/surgicalasst.htm

Certified Surgical First Assistants have been credentialed by one or more of the following nationally accredited organizations:

The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)
The National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA)
The American Board of Surgical Assisting(ABSA)

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monicarivera in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

Hi tonika
Thanks for your respond
do you have the training for ABSA exam available in Orlando FL
I am very interested to get the help to pass my test
That has been only thing holding me back
And it would be greatly appreciated if you could help me
Thanks love

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prettyroman in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

monica rivera in Orlando, Florida said: Hi tonika
Thanks for your respond
do you have the training for ABSA exam available in Orlando FL
I am very interested to get the help to pass my test
That has been only thing holding me back
And it would be greatly appreciated if you could help me
Thanks love

Email me at
trsurgical.com and I send my cell # and we can talk

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prettyroman in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

Pretty Roman in Orlando, Florida said: Email me at
trsurgical.com and I send my cell # and we can talk

Sorry my email is
tr@trsugical.com

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prettyroman in Orlando, Florida

38 months ago

tr@trsurgical.com

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Pretty Roman in Wesley Chapel, Florida

37 months ago

monica rivera in Orlando, Florida said: Hi tonika
Thanks for your respond
do you have the training for ABSA exam available in Orlando FL
I am very interested to get the help to pass my test
That has been only thing holding me back
And it would be greatly appreciated if you could help me
Thanks love

Monica Rivera
Thank you for Attending my Training Program

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Pretty Roman in Wesley Chapel, Florida

37 months ago

Kim in Orlando, Florida said: I am currently working as a CST and I wanted to know how to go about becoming a CSTFA, and do you make more money with the extra tranning. Where are some places to get certified for that in Orlando FL and is the certification accepted nation wide.

Upgrade Your Professional Recognition & Knowledge
with a National Certification! CST,RNFA,PA'S

TRSAS Next Preparation & Review for Certification Exam
Start July 16, 2013, August 27th & October 2nd

www.trsurgical.com

12 Of my Clients have passed in the last 2 and Half months.
Now they can bill and go on there own.

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Pretty Roman in Wesley Chapel, Florida

37 months ago

rd in Bradenton, Florida said: actually the hospital i work at and the ones in our area do not recongnize first asst. they make no more money then st's.... i have only been a tech 2 yrs and i hate it!

Upgrade Your Professional Recognition & Knowledge
with a National Certification! CST,RNFA,PA'S

TRSAS Next Preparation & Review for Certification Exam
Start July 16, 2013, August 27th & October 2nd

www.trsurgical.com

12 Of my Clients have passed in the last 2 and Half months.
Now they can bill and go on there own.

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flordiasurgicalassistant in Land O Lakes, Florida

37 months ago

Pretty Roman in Wesley Chapel, Florida said: Monica Rivera
Thank you for Attending my Training Program

The Class was suprised you drove from Orlando

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trelusiathomas in Jersey City, New Jersey

34 months ago

Hey u guys! Im currently in school for cst and will be starting my enumxternship n March i live n new Jersey...... Just wondering what is the starting salary in Nj, I'm hearing a lot of numbers and don't know wht to believe. Another thing is im SUPER NERVOUS about the exam i have know idea which book to study from ......... Somebody please help me especially if you live Jersey please help ppl this is literally my life im talkn about her

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monicarivera in Orlando, Florida

25 months ago

Mary in Canoga Park, California said: I have clients who are certified as CST and they make anywhere from 7-10k a month by billing insurance companies for assists at surgery. Most of them didn't even know they could do this.

Hi can you bill in CA as a first assistant ?
I heard only RNFAs can do that ?
Is that true ?

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trelusiathomas in Jersey City, New Jersey

25 months ago

monica rivera in Orlando, Florida said: Hi can you bill in CA as a first assistant ?
I heard only RNFAs can do that ?
Is that true ?

yes RNFAs can first assist here in NJ they are the ones who do it we dnt honer first assist its the RN or PA who does it.

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