Surgical Technology (ST)

Description

The Surgical Technology program focuses on the scrub role during general and specialty surgical procedures. The surgical technologist provides patient care before, during, and after surgery. Responsibilities include preparing operative equipment and supplies, providing instrumentation during operative procedures, and other intra-operative patient care activities. Surgical technologists also share circulating tasks (responsibilities that may require patient interaction) with nurses.

Students develop skills through integrated theory and practice in the classroom and simulated laboratory practice, and through clinical experiences in hospital and/or ambulatory surgery operating rooms.

Program Code

ST.AAS

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in collaboration with The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110 Littleton, CO 80120-8031 Websites: www.caahep.org | www.arcstsa.org
 
Credentialing: Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and are prepared to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification examination for designation as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
 
Program Outcomes: The pass rate for the Certified Surgical Technology exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for December 2016 graduates was 86%.

Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Demonstrate competencies in entry-level surgical skills
  • Serve in the scrub or assistant circulator role on the surgical team
  • Serve in the private scrub role for surgeons
  • Serve as central service manager

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Surgical Technologists

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$41,790 annually

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, through 2022, surgical technology employment opportunities are expected to increase by 30% (Much faster than average).

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Tri Health, Inc
  • The Christ Hospital
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • UC Health
  • The Fort Hamilton Hospital

Co-op Salary Projections

Unpaid Clinical

Curriculum

Surgical Technology (ST)

Program prerequisites:  Students seeking admission to the Surgical Technology program must complete specific requirements. After completing Semester 1 of Year 1, students should apply for Selective Admission (sometimes referred to as "progression") into the Surgical Technology program. Year 2 courses will begin in Fall Semester. Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss eligibility and deadlines for Selective Admission.

First Year
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 3 2 4
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences ( G) 2 2 3
ST 100 Introduction to Surgical Technology ( T) 1 0 1
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
After completing Year 1, Semester 1 courses, apply for Selective Enrollment into the ST program.  
Second Year
Semester 1      
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
BIO 220 Microbiology ( G) 2 3 3
ST 101 Surgical Foundations and Procedures 1 ( T) 6 0 6
ST 111 Surgical Principles and Practice 1 ( B) 1 3 2
Semester 2      
PST 135 Disaster Preparedness for Healthcare Workers ( B) 2 0 2
ST 102 Surgical Foundations and Procedures 2 ( T) 6 0 6
ST 112 Surgical Principles and Practice 2 ( B) 1 3 2
ST 181 Surgical Technology Clinical Skills Application 1 ( T) 1 3 2
Semester 3      
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication ( G) 3 0 3
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
ST 201 Advanced Surgical Procedures 1 ( T) 4 0 4
ST 182 Surgical Technology Clinical Skills Application 2 ( T) 0 6 2
Third Year
Semester 1      
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication ( G) 3 0 3
ST 202 Advanced Surgical Procedures 2 ( T) 4 0 4
ST 281 Surgical Technology Clinical Directed Practice 1 ( T) 1 24 5
Semester 2      
ST 282 Surgical Technology Clinical Directed Practice 2 ( T) 1 24 5
Total Credits:   48 72 65

Electives

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3

Progression

Learn about the Health Program Selective Admission (Progression) process.

Learn about the TEAS Test 
 

Important Documents

 

Contacts

Program Chair
LaVon Moore, BES, AAS, CST
(513) 569-1673