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Certification of Surgical Assistants


B. MEDICAL GRADUATES (Doctor of Medicine / Doctor of Osteopathy / Foreign Medical or Osteopathic graduates)

Documentation Required:

  • NCCSA Certification Application

  • Copy of Medical or Osteopathic degree

  • Skills Affidavit

  • Documentation of 140 surgical procedures in the role of surgeon and/or surgical assistant. A minimum of 20 cases must be performed in general surgery, with the remaining cases divided between at least two specialties. A minimum of 20 cases must be completed in each of the two specialties selected.

  • One letter of recommendation from a surgeon, with whom you have worked (must be dated within one year from date of application)

  • Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) surgical physicians who received a basic medical degree from a medical school located outside the United States and Canada must have passed Step 1 and Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

  • All applicants who entered the U.S. after the age of 12, have a foreign degree and/or English as a second language are required to provide TOEFL exam results. This requirement must be fulfilled before your application will be considered complete and eligible for review.Due to the importance of communication in the English language for both learning and practicing, further demonstration of English proficiency may be requested as a condition of acceptance for applicants exhibiting difficulty with the written or spoken language.To ensure an ability to function at the professional level in this healthcare environment, the following are acceptable TOEFL scores:

  • Internet-based test (preferred): 85

  • Computer-based test: 220

  • Minimum of 25 in the speaking component