Surgical Technology

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Are you interested in becoming a valued, integral member of the surgical team?

If your answer is "yes," pursuing a degree as a surgical technologist is the career field for you! As a surgical technologist, you work with the operating room team before, during, and after surgery to deliver quality patient care. Surgical technologists prepare the instruments and set up the trays that will be utilized by the surgical team. During the procedure, technologists pass instruments to the surgeon and generally assist where needed.

About the Program

This is an 18-month associate degree program that delivers the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to enter the field of surgical technology and to take the national certification examination for surgical technology once accreditation approval from CAAHEP has been received. The program is aligning its standards and curriculum to meet those set forth by CAAHEP and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting standards.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an expected 15 percent growth in the field of surgical technology over the next 10 years, with an average income of $21.31 per hour or $44,300 per year. The surgical technologist can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, surgery departments and ambulatory surgery centers.

Program Highlights

  • Offered as an Associate of Applied Science
  • Complete in five semesters.
  • Students progress through the classes and internship together as a group.
  • Take the certification exam during the last semester of coursework.
  • The program prepares students who will be competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Goals

  • Surgical Technology students graduate with the knowledge to be successful on the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and the skills to enter the workforce as an entry-level technologist competent in the preoperative, intra-operative and post-operative duties.
  • The program will prepare "competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."