Surgical Technology

Associate Degree

Program Overview

Prepare to become an integral part of the surgical team, fulfilling the scrub role and performing Surgical Technology duties that are vital for the safety and care of surgical patients. Our CAAHEP-accredited program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in hospital Operating Room departments, obstetrical departments, and outpatient surgical centers.

Career Possibilities

  • Surgical Technologist
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Research and Product Development
  • Material Management or Central Supply
  • Surgical Technology Educator

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Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science Degree in Surgical Technology prepares practitioners specifically for the operating room scrub role. During operative procedures, the surgical technologist functions as an integral part of the surgical team and works in cooperation with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and registered nurse performing duties that are vital for the safety and care of surgical patients. Responsibilities include preparation of sterile operative equipment and supplies, instrumentation during operative procedures, and other intra-operative patient care activities. Common duties include operating sterilizers, lights, suction machines, electrosurgical units and laparoscopic equipment as well as preparing the patient’s surgical site.

In the Surgical Technology curriculum, theory and practice are integrated through the use of laboratory experiences in a completely equipped, on-campus simulated operating room and in actual operating rooms. Comprehensive background in anatomy and physiology is studied along with the proper medical terminology of the systems. An appreciation of the person having surgery, knowledge of common conditions requiring surgery and the surgical procedure as well as skills of patient care are included in surgical procedures classes. Ethical and legal dimensions of the work and profession of the Surgical Technologist are part of the program. Supervised clinical practice in surgical environments prepares students realistically.

Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in such areas as hospital operating room departments, obstetrical departments, surgical supply/processing departments, outpatient surgical centers, and surgeon office practices. In addition, after completing certain prerequisites*, graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management.

Accreditation Status

The Associate in Science in Surgical Technology program of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763, Telephone (727) 210-2350, http://www.caahep.org/. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam administered by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

All surgical technology students must take The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist examination prior to graduation. As reported in the 2016 Annual Report, during the timeframe of 8/1/2014 - 7/31/2015  the pass rate for first time candidates of the ST program was 97%.  The national pass rate was 68%.

In 2015, the ST program received a Certificate of Merit from the NBSTSA recognizing the program for achieving a pass rate of 95% for all candidates who took the exam from 8/1/2014 - 7/31/2015. The national pass rate was 68%.

Associate in Science Degree

Missions, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission:

To provide entry level professional skills in the art and science of surgical technology, emphasizing a background for professional growth and development, exposure to various surgical specialties and organization of departments in relation to the total complex of a health care facility. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to ensure the procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety by maintaining aseptic technique, proper functioning of equipment and a safe environment. The Surgical Technologist is a respected and integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings.

Program Goals:

  1. To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. To demonstrate advanced knowledge of the principles of asepsis as applied to the practices of sterile technique as well as provide a safe, efficient and supportive environment for the peri-operative patient.
  3. To provide a variety of surgical specialty experiences in the spirit of cooperative education.
  4. To provide each student with a continuous, ongoing education with a consistent classroom and clinical experience.
  5. To apply knowledge from other fields to help each student address the needs of the patient.
  6. To stress the importance of the educational process as a continuum.
  7. To encourage volunteerism as well as participation and activity in local, regional, and national organizations with a philosophy that elevates and reinforces the standards of the profession.
  8. To continuously evaluate the program to maintain the highest degree of quality.

Program Outcomes:

  • Successful completion of all preoperative competencies.
  • Successful completion of all intra-operative competencies.
  • Successful completion of all post operative competencies.
  • Successful completion of all professional skills competencies.

Associate in Science Degree

  • BIO 100 Anatomy and Physiology I (MA/SCI Core)
  • BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (MA/SCI Core)
  • BIO 120 Anatomy & Physiology II (MA/SCI Core)
  • BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (MA/SCI Core)
  • BIO 122 Microbiology
  • BIO 130 Pharmacology
  • BIO 131 Pathophysiology
  • ELECTIVE Communications Core
  • ELECTIVE Humanities (or Arts/Foreign Language) Core
  • ELECTIVE Humanities (or Arts/Foreign Language) Core
  • ELECTIVE Math/Science Core
  • EN 102 Critical Thinking and College Writing (COM Core)
  • EN 110 Healthcare Communication Skills
  • HS 102 Introduction to Allied Health (MA/SCI Core)
  • HS 201 Introduction to Medical Ethics and Bioethics
  • MA 109 Math for Life Science (MA/SCI Core)
  • MGM 102 Word Processing (5 weeks)
  • PS 201 Introduction to Psychology (SS Core)
  • ST 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • ST 120 Surgical Instrumentation
  • ST 130 Surgical Procedures I
  • ST 131 Surgical Procedures I Lab
  • ST 200 Surgical Procedures II
  • ST 201 Surgical Procedures II Lab (5 weeks)
  • ST 203 Professional Communication Skills (5 weeks)
  • ST 204 Operating Room Laboratory I** (5 weeks)
  • ST 205 Advanced Topics in Surgical Technology
  • ST 220 Surgical Procedures III
  • ST 222 Operating Room Laboratory II**
  • ST 223 Surgical Seminar I
  • ST 230 Operating Room Laboratory III** (5 weeks)
  • ST 232 Advanced Applications of Surgical Technology
  • ST 233 Surgical Seminar II (5 weeks)
  • Association of Surgical Technologists. Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 6th edition, Surgical Rotation Case Requirements.
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