Surgical Technology

Allied Health
Surgical Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Program Description
The Surgical Technology program provides the general education core, program specific courses, and the clinical practicum to prepare students for a career as a Certified Surgical Technologist.  Following the successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology.

Application Procedure
A student desiring to pursue the associate of applied science degree in Allied Health with concentration in Surgical Technology must:
1. Apply, meet the general admission requirements and be accepted by Northeast State Technical Community College.
2. Indicate Allied Health-Concentration: Surgical Technology as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
3. See a faculty advisor from the Health-Related Professions area prior to registering for classes and obtain faculty approval to register.

Surgical Technology Program Admission Requirements
The Surgical Technology program has specific admission criteria, and admission to Northeast State does not guarantee admission to this program.  A student desiring admission into the Surgical Technology program must complete all required general education courses listed in the typical program of study with a grade of "C" or higher.  A student must have attained an overall 2.0 grade point average.  Biological science courses previously taken must have been completed within the last 10 years. A student desiring admission to the Surgical Technology program should contact the Health-Related Professions Division office at 423.323.0238.

Typical Program of Study
General Education Courses
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Course No.                    Course Title                                                                        
BIOL 1230                      Microbiology (credits-4)                                                                              
BIOL 2010                      Anatomy and Physiology I (credits-4)                                                        
BIOL 2020                      Anatomy and Physiology II (credits-4)                                                       
ENGL 1010                     Composition I (credits-3)                                                                           
HRPR 1000                    Introduction to Health-Related Professions (credits-3)                               
HRPR 1100                    Medical Terminology for Health-Related Professions (credits-3)                  
MATH 1530                    Probability & Statistics (credits-3)                                                             
PSYC 1310                     General Psychology (credits-3)                                                                   
SPCH 1300                     Speech Communication (credits-3)                                                            
Elective                         Humanities/Fine Arts (credits-3)                                                              

Semester I - Fall
SURG 1002                    Orientation to Surgical Technology (credits-1)                                            
SURG 1005                    Surgical Terminology& Pharmacology (credits-3)                                         
SURG 1010                    Surgical Tech. & Patient Care I (credits-3)                                                  
SURG 1011                    Surgical Tech. & Patient Care Lab I (credits-1)                                           
SURG 2010                    Surgical Microbiology & Asepsis (credits-3)                                                  
SURG 2900                    Clinical Practicum I (credits-1)                                                                   

Semester II - Spring
SURG 1020
                    Surgical Tech. & Patient Care II (credits-3)                                                  
SURG 1021                    Surgical Tech. & Patient Care Lab II (credits-1)                                            
SURG 2020                    Surgical Procedures I (credits-3)                                                                  
SURG 2030                    Surgical Procedures II (credits-3)                                                                 
SURG 2901                    Clinical Practicum II (credits-2)                                                                   

Semester III - Summer
SURG 2902                    Clinical Practicum III (credits-3)                                                                  

Total Credit Hours - 60

Additional courses may be required to overcome deficiencies in English, mathematics, and reading.

Typical Job Opportunities
Certified Surgical Technologists may be employed in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, cast rooms, emergency departments, ambulatory care areas, physician offices, and central supply departments.  The surgical technologist works as a member of a surgical team in the operating room under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. Special emphasis is placed upon scrubbing and circulating during surgical procedures.

For Further Information Contact:
Laurie Bollman, CST
Program Director/Instructor
Telephone:  423.279.3681
Fax:            423.245.5930
E-mail: lmbollman@NortheastState.edu

Donald S. Coleman, Dean
Health-Related Professions
Telephone:  423.323.0238
Fax:            423.245.5930
E-mail: dscoleman@NortheastState.edu