Training and Initial Certification

2019 Exam Dates
 
Application: July 15-Sept. 16, 2019
Written Exam: December 9, 2019

Oral Exam: June 5-6, 2020
Board Eligible
 
The Board will recognize an individual as being "Board Eligible" when he/she has an approved application on file with the Board.

5-Year Pass Rate
 
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Pathways to
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Operative
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Exam Dates
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News

2019 Certification Application
The  application for the 2019 certification cycle is closed.  The deadline for submitting an application was extended to September 16, 2019. No applications are accepted after September 16.

Part I (Written) Exam
The Part I (Written) Examination will be on Monday, December 9, 2019. The ABTS will be using the 8th edition of the American Joint Commission on Cancer TNM staging system.

SESATS
The Board does NOT consider SESATS a primary reference guide for the Part I (Written) Examinations.  The Board encourages candidates to consider preparing for the Written Exam by using more formal reference materials, such as cardiothoracic textbooks, journals, and courses. The Board uses SESATS as a basis for its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Exam.

Pearson Testing Center
To learn more about the test taking experience at Pearson Testing Centers, please Click Here.