The Surgical Technology Associate Degree in Applied Science program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as surgical technologists. Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery. The primary responsibility of the surgical technologist is to maintain the sterile field while ensuring that all other members of the surgical team adhere to aseptic technique.
The qualified candidate will have excellent eye-hand coordination, effective communication skills, an affinity for detail, and the ability to function well in stressful situations. Knowledge of human anatomy, surgical instrumentation, supplies and procedures allows the surgical technologist to function as an integral member of the surgical team. Program graduates will be eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification examination for designation as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and will be qualified for employment in many diverse areas of the health care system, such as the following: operating rooms, emergency rooms, labor and delivery, GI and cardiac catheterization labs, ambulatory surgery centers, sterile supply, cell saver technologist, private physician’s scrub surgical technologists, instrument sales representatives and veterinary assistants.
The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 9355 - 113th St. N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, Phone (727)210-2350, www.caahep.org, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 19751 East Main Street, Suite 339 Parker, CO 80138, Phone (303)694-9262, www.arcstsa.org
Application for admission to the Surgical Technology program is based on a competitive admission process; therefore, meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
The program has a limited enrollment and students must apply for admission. An applicant may obtain an Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form from the Surgical Technology Program Manager and/or Health Sciences Administrative Assistant in the Health Sciences Center. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form correctly and submit the form to the Surgical Technology Program Manager by the deadline.
The program admits one (1) cohort each academic year in the Fall semester. The application deadline is June 1st or until all seats in the admission cohort have been filled.
NOTE: If the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline date becomes the next business day.
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Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner.