In this program, the student will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice as a certified surgical technologist by acquiring the following fundamental capabilities:
- To utilize appropriate medical terminology.
- To apply a basic understanding of human physiology and surgical anatomy in the perioperative role of a surgical technologist.
- To demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts of pharmacology.
- To demonstrate theoretical and practical proficiency in surgical aseptic technique, surgical procedures and patient care.
- To identify and assume appropriate responsibility for patient care.
Prior to completing the program, students will take the national boards for the Certification in Surgical Technology. The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Applied Health Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone 727-210-2350, Fax 727-210-2354 www.caahep.org.
Applications for the Surgical Technology program at EMCC are accepted beginning September 1 each year for consideration for enrollment the following fall. Though there is no deadline to apply, applications are accepted only until the program becomes filled with a reasonable waiting list; therefore, early application is strongly urged. Applications are not accepted for spring enrollment. For more information please contact the Admissions Office.
Graduates with the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology will function at an entry level position as a Surgical Technologist with the following skills:
- Use appropriate instrumentation and procedural steps in general surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, genitourinary, otolaryngology, eye, plastic and reconstructive, neurosurgery, vascular, cardiovascular-thoracic, and orthopedic surgical areas.
- Apply a basic understanding of human physiology and surgical anatomy in the perioperative role of a surgical technologist.
- Use appropriate aseptic techniques in surgery.
- Utilize appropriate medical terminology.
- Make basic measurements for dosage and drug calculations.
- Use safe handling procedures for drugs and solutions.
For the class graduating December 2014–>67% graduation rate (8 of 12); 75% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (6 of 8). For the class graduating December 2015–>58% graduation rate (7 of 12) and 86% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (6 of 7)
- Algebra I and Biology with Lab or Chemistry with Lab required.