The Surgical Technology diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. The Surgical Technology diploma program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in Surgical Technology. Graduates of the program receive a Surgical Technology diploma and are qualified for employment as surgical technologists.
Applicant must pass required score of “40” or better on PBS exam.
Clinical Case Requirements
Per Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) each student is required to complete 120 surgical cases. Observation role must be documented but does not count towards the minimum 120 total cases.
Nature of the Work
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
Outcome Assessment Exam (OAE) Pass Rate/ Graduate Placement Rate
|Annual Reporting Year||Academic Year||Standard Reporting||Percentage of that Standard|
|CST Exam Pass Rate||100%|
|CST Exam Pass Rate||90%|
|CST Exam Pass Rate||90%|
Roles in Surgery
First Scrub Role
- The student surgical technologist shall perform the following duties during any given surgical procedure with proficiency. The following list is provided to identify the items that must be completed in order to document a case in the first scrub role.As student not meeting the five criteria below cannot count the case in the first scrub role and the case must be documented in the second scrub role or observation role.
- Establish or verify supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure.
- Establish or set up the sterile field with instruments, supplies, equipment, medication(s) and solutions needed for the procedure.
- Perform counts with the circulator prior to the procedure and before the incision is closed.
- Demonstrate how to pass instruments and supplies to the sterile surgical team members during the procedure.
- Demonstrate how to maintain sterile technique as measured by recognized breaks in technique and demonstrate knowledge of how to correct with appropriate technique.
Second Scrub Role
- Perform in the second scrub role.The second scrub role is defined as the student who is at the sterile field who has not met all criteria for the first scrub role, but actively participates in the surgical procedure in its entirety by completing any of the following: sponging, suctioning, cutting suture, holding retractors, or manipulating endoscopic camera.
- Perform in the observation role. The observation role is defined as the student who is in the operating room performing roles that do not meet the criteria for the first or second scrub role. These observation cases are not to be included in the required case count, but must be documented by the program.
According to a recent study conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the forecast for employment opportunities for surgical technologists is one of rapid growth. About 71 percent of jobs for surgical technologists were in hospitals, mainly in operating and delivery rooms. Other jobs were in offices of physicians or dentists who perform outpatient surgery and in outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers. A few technologists, known as private scrubs, are employed directly by surgeons who have special surgical teams, such as those for liver transplants. Salaries for surgical technicians average between $33,490 and $46,910 anually.
Admission to the Surgical Technology program is competitive. General Core Courses (ENGL 1010 and MATH 1012) and designated occupational Courses (ALHS 1011 and ALHS 1090) must be completed in order to be evaluated for admission into the Surgical Technology program. Students will be ranked for enrollment in the Surgical Technology program. Specialization will be based on their GPA in MATH 1012,ALHS 1090, and ALHS 1011.The applicants with the highest scores will be accepted to fill the 25 seats available. PSYC 1010 will need to be completed but will not be used during the competitive admission process.
A student may be a part time or full time status until entering any SURG course. Once a student enters the SURG courses you must maintain a full time status. A student may not repeat a core or program course that he/she failed or withdrawn from more than once. This includes withdrawal from a course before midterm.Any student who withdraws or fails a course twice will be automatically dropped from the program. A student who withdraws or fails a course for the second time cannot reenter a health program. Any student in good standing who withdraws from the program must reenter within 6 months. Readmits beyond the established timelines must repeat all program course work with the exception of core.
A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses.
- » A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in any course with the SURG prefix will have to wait one year before reentering the program. The student must complete an individualized remedial program assigned by the department head. The student will be required to retake ALHS 1090 and ALHS 1011. A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in any two courses with the SURG prefixes will not be allowed to reenter the Surgical Technology program.
- » Prior to participation in clinical settings, students are required to submit completed medical and dental examination forms. These forms will be distributed by the program director. All required immunizations, including Hepatitis B, must be accompanied by documentation. Students who refuse to take the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse them an opportunity to gain clinical experience.
- » Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in field and may make a student ineligible to take licensing/certification exam(s) required for the profession. A background check may be required by some agencies before a student attends a clinical practicum. For more information, contact the appropriate program advisor.
- » All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.
- » In addition to being accepted into the program, each student must be able to demonstrate a variety of knowledge, psychomotor, and behavioral skills in order to graduate from the Surgical Technology program.
- » Graduates are required to take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologist prior to graduation.
Association of Surgical Technologists. New Surgical Technologist Job Description. Retrieved from http://www.ast.org/
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs. Surgical Technology. Retrieved from http://www.caahep.org/content.aspx?ID=53
|ENGL 1010||Fundamentals of English I|
|MATH 1012||Foundations of Mathematics|
|PSYC 1010||Basic Psychology|
|SURG 1010||Intro to Surgical Technology|
|SURG 1080||Surgical Microbiology|
|SURG 1100||Surgical Pharmacology|
|SURG 1020||Principles of Surgical Tech|
|SURG 2110||Surgical Technology Clinical I|
|SURG 2030||Surgical Procedures I|
|SURG 2120||Surgical Technology Clinical II|
|SURG 2130||Surgical Technology Clinical III|
|SURG 2040||Surgical Procedures II|
|SURG 2140||Surgical Technology Clinical IV|
|SURG 2240||Seminar in Surgical Technology|
|ALHS 1090||MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences|
|ALHS 1011||Structure & Function of the Human Body|
*All program information subject to change without notice.