Surgical Technology

  • Program Description

    A Surgical Technologist is a professional who works under the direction of a licensed surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures.

    The Surgical Technologist possesses expertise in theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and techniques to facilitate a physician in performing invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

    Employment opportunities include: hospitals, free-standing surgery centers, physician’s offices, veterinarian offices, sales, sterile processing, and education.  The program provides the student with information and experience necessary to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains.

    Credential Potential

    Upon successful completion, the individual is eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam.  www.nbstsa.org

    The annual report for 2017 covering academic year 8/1/2015 – 7/31/2016 Outcome Assessment Exam (OAE) pass rate was 90%.

    Accreditation

    The program reports to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

    CAAHEP
    25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
    Suite 158
    Clearwater, Florida 33763
    Email: mail@caahep.org
    Website: www.caahep.org
    Phone (727)210-2350
    Fax:  (727) 210-2354

    The program is also accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

    Student Gainful Employment Data

    Click here to view recent data regarding cost, financing, completion and job placement for the Surgical Technology program.

    Availability of programs and courses are dependent on enrollment and the approval of administration.

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    Program Length

    1342

    Clock Hours

    Sep – Aug (11 months)
    (includes 670 clinical hours, Mon-Fri)

    Clinical experience is held off site in a variety of surgical settings

    Students are responsible for transportation to and from these sites

    Strict attendance is required

    Tuition & Fees

    $8250 + Additional Expenses

    Additional Expenses Include:

    • Application Fee $50
    • Uniform $250
    • Books $850
    • Class dues & membership fees $45
    • Physical exam with TB testing & Hepatitis B is required; fee varies
    • Practice Exam $50
    • Certification exam fees included in tuition

    Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Click here for more info.

    Admission

    Enrollment starts in March and continues through July. Submit high school transcript or GED, enroll in the Adult Resource Center for WorkKeys test review (no fee), register for and attend a session on Introduction to Health Career (no fee), pay registration fee, and refer to Admissions in General Information section for additional requirements. After successful completion, submit an application, submit three personal references, interview with the Coordinator and/or faculty member, and complete an eight-hour job shadow. Click here for more info.

    Upon entrance to the program the following will be required: a BCI and FBI background check, a drug screen, and a completed physical exam must be taken (a felony or positive drug screen can prevent the student from continuing in the program).

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