Pre-Surgical Assistant Program

Students who are service-oriented, compassionate, interested in health and human body issues, and academically competent can develop into skilled health care professionals.

Our undergraduate program emphasizes quality academics and Christian caring empathy and prepares students for entrance into graduate level health professional programs.

About Surgical Assistants

Students who are interested in surgical experiences but do not plan to go to medical school may be interested in a pre-surgical assistant program. Most programs are postbaccalaureate and require one or two years of training.

Eastern Virginia Medical School offers a two-year surgical assistant program which prepares persons as experts in assisting surgeons in surgical procedures. The first year is primary didactic teaching; the second year involves clinical experiences. Individuals who have completed this accredited program have obtained employment at hospitals throughout the USA.

Preparing for study after EMU

Competitive candidates will have completed

  • A baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or nursing
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Prior medical experiences is desirable (not required)
  • Pre-requisite courses
    • Anatomy with lab (BIOL 437 Advanced Human Anatomy)
    • Physiology with lab (BIOL 447 Advanced Human Physiology)
    • General Biology with lab (BIOL 245 Animal Form and Function OR BIOL 225 Molecules, Genes, and Cells)
    • General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 224 General Chemistry II)
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I)
    • Microbiology with lab (BIOL 202 Microbiology or BIOL 327 Advanced Microbiology)

More Information
This site describes the national surgical assistant organization and provides information about education, publications, certification, etc.
This site describes the surgical assistant program at EVMS.