The Surgical Technology program prepares students to perform various duties during surgery by assisting in the maintenance of an aseptic environment through a system of specific techniques and practices. The technologist contributes to overall patient care as part of the surgical team by passing equipment and instruments to the surgeon, assisting the surgeon, selecting instruments for surgical cases, setting up cases, and assisting the circulatory personnel intraoperatively. Surgical Technologists may find employment in hospitals, clinics, or physicians’ offices. Hospital employment areas include operating and emergency rooms, labor and delivery, endoscopy units, central sterile processing areas, and ambulatory surgery centers.
Scheduling and Entry Options
Courses in the major are offered only during the day and begin in the Fall Semester. Full-time day students complete requirements in four consecutive terms, including the Summer Term. General Education courses are offered both day and evening and it is strongly recommended that general education courses be taken prior to entry into the program. Program courses build on each preceding course and must be successfully completed in sequence. To qualify for graduation, a student is required to complete a minimum of 120 cases during clinical rotations.
The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Telephone: 727-210-2350, Website: www.caahep.org., upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, telephone 303-694-9262 Website: www.arcstsa.org