Program Description

The Surgical Technology degree program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. The Surgical Technology degree program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. In addition, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in surgical technology. Graduates of the program receive a surgical technology associate of applied science degree and are qualified for employment as surgical technologists as well as eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Program Admission

Admission to the Surgical Technology program is competitive. Students must complete the prerequisite courses listed below with a grade of “C” or higher and have a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for a progression into courses with the SURG prefix. General Core Courses (ENGL 1101, MATH 1111 or MATH 1101, PSYC 1101, ALHS 1090, BIOL 2113/L, BIOL 2114/L, BIOL 2117/L, a Humanities/Fine Arts Elective, and a General Core Requirement from Area I-IV must be completed in order to progress into the Surgical Technology courses. If there are more than 25 applicants that apply and meet the requirements for the program, then applicants with the highest grade point average will be chosen to fill the 25 seats. In case of a tie, then the BIOL course grades will be used as a tie breaker to determine who fills the available seats. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program. The minimum age requirement is 17. For more information regarding this process, please contact the admissions office at 229.430.6194.

Students who have to repeat any of the General Core or Designated Occupational courses more than once to achieve a grade of “C” or higher will not be eligible for progression. Students will be admitted during any semester to take prerequisite courses but will not be admitted to the program until Spring Semester, after completing the competitive admission process. ALHS 1090 and any BIOL courses older than five years will not be considered as completed for entrance into the program. The student would have to repeat these courses, however; it will not count as a failure.

Clinical Case Requirements

Per Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) each student is required to complete 120 surgical cases. Observation role must be documented but does not count towards the minimum 120 total cases.

Employment Opportunities

Surgical technicians are in demand for employment in hospitals, operating rooms, physicians’ offices, ambulatory and day surgery centers, central sterile processing, managerial roles and more. The need for these positions has impacted entry level salaries within the Albany Technical College service area. Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not receive any monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.

Outcome Assessment Exam (OAE) Pass Rate/ Graduate Placement Rate

Annual
Reporting Year
Academic
Year
Standard
Reporting
Percentage of
that Standard
2018 8/1/2016-
7/31/2017
CST Exam Pass Rate 100%
8/1/2015-
7/31/2016
CST Graduate
Placement Rate
100%
     
2017 8/1/2015-
7/31/2016
CST Exam Pass Rate 91%
8/1/2014-
7/31/2015
CST Graduate
Placement Rate
100%
     
2016 8/1/2014-
7/31/2015
CST Exam Pass Rate 100%
8/1/2013-
7/31/2014
CST Graduate
Placement Rate
90%
     
2015 8/1/2013-
7/31/2014
CST Exam Pass Rate 90%
8/1/2012-
7/31/2013
CST Graduate
Placement Rate
100%
     
2014 8/1/2012-
7/31/2013
CST Exam Pass Rate 90%
8/1/2011-
7/31/2012
CST Graduate
Placement Rate
88%

 

Roles in Surgery

First Scrub Role

  1. The student surgical technologist shall perform the following duties during any given surgical procedure with proficiency. The following list is provided to identify the items that must be completed in order to document a case in the first scrub role.As student not meeting the five criteria below cannot count the case in the first scrub role and the case must be documented in the second scrub role or observation role.
  2. Establish or verify supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure.
  3. Establish or set up the sterile field with instruments, supplies, equipment, medication(s) and solutions needed for the procedure.
  4. Perform counts with the circulator prior to the procedure and before the incision is closed.
  5. Demonstrate how to pass instruments and supplies to the sterile surgical team members during the procedure.
  6. Demonstrate how to maintain sterile technique as measured by recognized breaks in technique and demonstrate knowledge of how to correct with appropriate technique.

Second Scrub Role

  1. Perform in the second scrub role.The second scrub role is defined as the student who is at the sterile field who has not met all criteria for the first scrub role, but actively participates in the surgical procedure in its entirety by completing any of the following: sponging, suctioning, cutting suture, holding retractors, or manipulating endoscopic camera.

Observation Role

  1. Perform in the observation role. The observation role is defined as the student who is in the operating room performing roles that do not meet the criteria for the first or second scrub role. These observation cases are not to be included in the required case count, but must be documented by the program.

Job Outlook

According to a recent study conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the forecast for employment opportunities for surgical technologists is one of rapid growth. About 71 percent of jobs for surgical technologists were in hospitals, mainly in operating and delivery rooms. Other jobs were in offices of physicians or dentists who perform outpatient surgery and in outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers. A few technologists, known as private scrubs, are employed directly by surgeons who have special surgical teams, such as those for liver transplants. Salaries for surgical technicians average between $33,490 and $46,910 annually.

Association of Surgical Technologists. New Surgical Technologist Job Description. Retrieved from http://www.ast.org/

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org based on the recommendation from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) located at 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, Phone 303-694-9262, www.arcsta.org.

 
Degrees
Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree (70 hrs)
core courses
 
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
3
HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities
3
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking   -OR-
3
XXXX xxxx General Core Requirement Area I-IV  
PSYC 1101 General Psychology
3
MATH 1111 College Algebra      -OR-
3
MATH 1101 Math Modeling  
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
1
BIOL 2117 Microbiology
3
BIOL 2117L Microbiology Lab
1
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology 2
Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree
occupational courses
 
SURG 1010 Intro to Surgical Technology
8
SURG 1080 Surgical Microbiology
2
SURG 1100 Surgical Pharmacology
2
SURG 1020 Principles of Surgical Tech
7
SURG 2110 Surgical Technology Clinical I
3
SURG 2030 Surgical Procedures I
4
SURG 2120 Surgical Technology Clinical II
3
SURG 2130 Surgical Technology Clinical III
3
SURG 2040 Surgical Procedures II
4
SURG 2140 Surgical Technology Clinical IV
3
SURG 2240 Seminar in Surgical Technology
2

Notes:

  • Applicants must have the appropriate ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, SAT, or ACT scores to take the equivalent associate degree level courses.
  • A student may be part time or full time status until entering any SURG course. Once a student enters the SURG courses you must maintain a full time status. Students who have to repeat any of the General Core or Designated Occupational courses more than once to achieve a grade of “C” or higher will not be eligible for progression. Students will be admitted during any semester to take prerequisite courses but will not be admitted to the program until Spring Semester, after completing the competitive admission process. ALHS 1090 and any BIOL courses older than five years will not be considered as completed for entrance into the program. The student would have to repeat these courses, however; it will not count as a failure. Any student who withdrawals or fails a course twice will be automatically dropped from the program.
  • Prior to participation in clinical settings, students are required to submit completed medical forms. These forms will be distributed by the program director. All required immunization, including Hepatitis B, must be accompanied by documentation. Students who refuse to take the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form.
  • Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in field. A background check and drug screen is required by clinical agencies prior to a student attending clinical.
  • Proof of liability insurance paid is required for a student to attend clinical.
  • Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution in the capacity of a surgical technologist.
  • In addition to being accepted into the program, each student must be able to demonstrate a variety of knowledge, psychomotor, and behavioral skills in order to graduate from the Surgical Technology program.
  • Graduates are required to take the NBSTSA National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologist prior to graduation.


*All program information subject to change without notice.

 

Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

ACCUPLACER SCORES

Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills  70  
Reading Comp.  64  
Algebra  57  

Instructors & Faculty