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 pre-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, nursing
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better
  • Prior medical experiences is desirable (not required)
  • Pre-requisite courses
    • Anatomy with lab (BIOL 431 Mammalian Anatomy)
    • Physiology with lab (BIOL 442 Mammalian Physiology)
    • General Biology with lab (BIOL 281 Animal Form and Function OR BIOL 222 Molecules, Genes, and Cells)
    • General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 232 General Chemistry II)
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I)
    • Microbiology with lab (BIOL 201 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.