The Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) certification program is for perioperative leaders interested in improving and validating their managerial knowledge and skills so as to advance the performance of their surgical services department.
CSSM certification validates the achievement of the baccalaureate prepared manager who demonstrates current proficiency as an administrator in the perioperative (pre-, intra-, and post-operative) setting.
CCI delivers the CSSM exam to recognize the important role managers have in directing staff, programs and budgets in delivering safe patient care. The purpose of the CSSM exam is to provide recognition for the important and distinct role of surgical services managers.
The CSSM credentialing program is for professionals who work in the surgical services department in a managerial role. It is designed for those who oversee personnel, and/or a budget, business unit or service line. Professionals with the following titles are all eligible to take the exam: director, assistant director, manager, assistant manager, supervisor, coordinator, team leader, service line leader, charge nurse among others. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements.
The CSSM job analysis performed by CCI provides the framework for the exam. The job analysis for the surgical services manager body of knowledge was conducted to:
From the job analysis work, CCI’s test development partner identified seven core subject areas in which all certified managers must be proficient along with the percentage of questions in each subject area.
Candidates will take the CSSM exam at a Prometric testing center. Prometric is a leading professional testing service agency with over 300 locations nationwide. Once your CSSM application is processed and approved, CCI will email you instructions on how to schedule your testing appointment. You will select a time, date and Prometric testing location that are convenient for you.
The CSSM exam is a knowledge-based exam which assesses the knowledge (what a surgical services manager should know) and tasks (what a surgical services manager nurse should know how to do) with two years of managerial experience.
Upon successful completion of the exam, a candidate will be awarded the CSSM credential for a three year period. Your CSSM credential will expire on December 31st of the fourth year.