Applications for the Surgical Technology program at EMCC are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The program typically begins each fall semester with general education classes. Those candidates who feel they may have completed the general education classes offered in the first semester of the program may be eligible to begin in the spring semester (which is when the technology-specific coursework begins). For more information or to apply, please see the Surgical Technology Applicant page.
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.
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.
- 2020 graduating class: 100% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (9 of 9)
- 2019 graduating class: 80% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (8 of 10)
- 2018 graduating class: 100% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (10 of 10)
- 2017 graduating class: 91% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (10 of 11)
- 2016 graduating class: 78% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (7 of 9)
- 2015 graduating class: 86% NBSTSA National Certification Exam passage rate (6 of 7)