Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are specifically trained to function as an integral member of the surgical team, performing specialized duties before, during and after a surgical procedure. Surgical technologists prepare the operating room, including the sterile field, setting up surgical equipment, supplies and solutions. During surgery, surgical technologists pass instruments, fluids and supplies to the surgeon and prepare and manage surgical equipment. Surgical technologists simultaneously manage the sterile field and specimens. Surgical technologists perform a count of sponges and supplies to prevent foreign retained objects. Surgical technologists are certified following successful completion of a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Eeducation Programs-accredited program or other programmatically-accredited surgical technology program and the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
The Surgical Technology Program is offered in an online lecture format with an on campus lab component and locally available clinical affiliate sites. Students sit for their national certification exam immediately following graduation. CST (Certified Surgical Tehnologist) (CAAHEP Accredited program)
Effective academic year 2020-2021 the degree awarded for Surgical Technology will no longer be a Certificate of Completion, but an Associate of Applied Science.
Special Online Requirements:
Students must meet the requirements to complete the program with Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology. Students complete the didactic portion via their computer with all exams being proctored at a pre-approved site in their area or at SCCC campus. Surgical technology students are required to travel to the SCCC Campus in the fall to complete the lab portion. Lab days are Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. All final exams within the Surgical Technology Online Program will be proctored at SCCC Colvin Family Center for Allied Health (with Surgical Technology Instructor). Students are required to travel to clinical affiliate sties during spring and summer semester.
Applications for the program are accepted each year beginning November 1. Interviews will be conducted after completion of the application process. Applications are accepted until March 26th. Applications will be accepted after March 26th may be placed on a wait list.
At the SCCC Colvin Family Center for Allied Health Surgical Technology, students have access to a surgical technology skills laboratory to develop the necessary competencies needed to provide patient care. Our building has its own computer lab for students to use including internet access also.
Please visit these links to learn more about Making a Difference: A Career in Surgical Technology link 1 and Making a Difference: A Career in Surgical Technology link 2.