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 Fall 2019 Surgical Technology program will be accepted from September 1, 2018, through February 1, 2019. Applicants will have until March 1, 2019, to complete their application by submitting supporting documentation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications and all supporting documentation as soon as practical as initial file review could begin as soon as November. Most decisions will be made in late March and candidates will be notified by April 1, 2019.
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.
- 2017 graduating class: 91% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (10 of 11)
- 2016 graduating class: 78% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (7 out of 9)
- 2015 graduating class: 86% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (6 of 7)
- Algebra I and Biology with Lab or Chemistry with Lab required.