The surgical technologist handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. He/she has an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon. He/she has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.
- Estimated Length of Program: 2 years
- Credential Awarded: Associate in Science in Surgical Technology
Surgical Technology students receive in-depth practical knowledge and substantive clinical education related to the operating room. The surgical technology educational program runs two years to obtain an associate's degree. The program not only includes intensive hours in the classroom, but also extensive clinical experiences in health care facilities.
An appreciation of the person having surgery, knowledge of common conditions requiring surgery, and an understanding of the surgical procedure as well as skills of patient care are included. Ethical and legal dimensions of the work and profession of surgical technology are part of the program.
The program combines core courses in biological sciences, humanities, the specialty of surgical technology, and the role of the technologist. Supervised clinical practice in hospitals and operating rooms provide experiences to prepare for entry level positions in hospital operating rooms and free-standing surgical centers.
The proficient CST demonstrates a caring attitude towards the patient, other surgical team members and the patient-care environment. It is also necessary to understand normal anatomy and physiology, the pathological condition affecting the patient, the planned operative procedure, and consider any variations that may be necessary to accommodate specific patient needs. The surgical technology graduate receives in-depth education in the specialized processes and procedures that exist in surgery.
The work in the operating room requires the ability to work on your feet, manual dexterity with fine coordinated motor skills, a stable temperament, attention to detail, and a strong sense of responsibility and integrity. Lifting patients and heavy equipment is part of the work (Must meet Programmatic Technical Standards
Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Surgical Technology will be awarded.