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Limited Enrollment Program: Contact the Enrollment Services Office for Program admission requirements and Program application deadlines.
The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team. The Surgical Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.
Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply to take the national Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification examination for Surgical Technologists. Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.
Associate graduates will also have employment opportunities in some supervisory level positions in the inpatient/outpatient centers and central sterile processing units.
The program offers diploma and associate level degrees for students with no prior surgical experience. Applicants interested in the diploma (three semesters) or the degree (five semesters) options should contact Enrollment Services to begin the application process.
The surgical technologist is a professional who provides and participates in the coordination of patient care as a member of the surgical team by demonstrating knowledge of aseptic technique, surgical procedures, and instrumentation.
Upon successful completion of the diploma curriculum, graduates should be able to:
- Participate in surgical procedures
- Practice sterile supply room procedures
- Prepare for surgical procedures
- Use equipment according to established policies and procedures
- Provide for patient safety
- Care for surgical instruments
- Practice aseptic technique
In addition to these outcomes, upon successful completion of the AAS Surgical Technology curriculum, graduates should be able to:
- Supervise employees in the sterile processing unit
- Assist with specialty departments
- Order departmental supplies