Certificate Program

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Surgical Technology

Credits required 29

Dean

Patricia Dent, Dean for Health Sciences

Program contact

TBA

Program Goals Statement

This three semester program prepares the student to work in the surgical environment in inpatient or outpatient settings. The role and function of the surgical technical technician and legal responsibilities are presented.  Through laboratory instruction and clinical rotations students develop the technical skills and competencies required for entry level practice.  Technical standards, surgical specializations, state registration requirements and employment opportunities are covered in depth.  Upon successful completion of the surgical technician certificate, graduates are prepared for entry level practice and will be eligible to take the national certification examination (Certified Surgical Technologist Examination).

Program Information

Pre-admission course requirements are:

  • BIO 121 Fundamental of Biological Science
  • BIO 115 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 233 and BIO 234 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II.

Once enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program, students are required to complete all courses in the three semesters of instruction in recommended sequence and without interruption in order to integrate theoretical and practicum.

 

Upon program completion, the graduate will be able to:

  • Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and microbiology to their role as a Surgical Technologist.
  • Demonstrate a safe level of practice and knowledge in their role as a Surgical Technologist.
  • Acquire an understanding of the ethical, legal, moral and medical values related to the patient and the Operating Room team during the perioperative experience.
  • Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

BIO 239Elements of Microbiology

4 credits

HLT 140Surgical Technology I

7 credits

HLT 141Surgical Technology II

7 credits

HLT 142Surgical Technology III

8 credits

ELECTIVE - Social Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:29

Preadmission Requirements

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

BIO 121Fundamentals of Biological Science I

4 credits

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 239Elements of Microbiology

4 credits

HLT 140Surgical Technology I

7 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

HLT 141Surgical Technology II

7 credits

ELECTIVE - Social Science

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

HLT 142Surgical Technology III

8 credits

Program Information 

  • Students who successfully complete the Surgical Technology program will receive a Certificate of  Achievement.  

Essential Functions 

  • The Surgical Technician Certificate program essential functions include certain cognitive, physical and behavioral abilities which are necessary to perform the duties of a professional surgical technician.  In order to meet the course requirements, students must possess the following basic abilities.
  • Cognitive ability sufficient to learn and use the body of knowledge necessary to meet the program curriculum requirements and attain career entry status in the profession.
  • Physical ability, sufficient mobility, and motor coordination to safely perform all activities associated with the requirements of surgical technology.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to read all appropriate instrumentation, monitors, surgical equipment and instrumentation.
  • Hearing ability sufficient to respond to messages and requests from patients, physicians, staff and to respond to equipment signals.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to interact professionally with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians, respect patient confidentiality, use reasonable judgment and accept responsibility for their actions.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or equivalent required. 

Pre-admission course requirements are: ENG 101, BIO 121 and BIO 115 or BIO 233 & BIO 234.

Requirements Upon Admission

  • Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations, or titres (blood tests to prove immunity).  A TB test is required.  Health insurance and professional liability insurance are required.  Additional laboratory tests, including drug screening and C.O.R.I. checks are required by clinical agencies.
  • Once enrolled students are required to complete all courses in the three semesters of instruction in the recommended sequence and without interuption.
  • CPR for Health Care Providers required.

Grade Requirements

A "C" or better is required in all science courses and HLT 140, HLT 141 and HLT 142.

 

Additional Costs

Students accepted into the program are responsible for associated costs such as lab coat, name tag, graduate pin, review course, national certification examination, liability insurance and practicum costs including travel.  Transportation to the practicum sites is the students responsibility.  Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus.

After BCC

Upon completion of program graduates are prepared for entry level practice as a surgical technician and are eligible to take the national certification examination (Certified Surgical Technologist Examination). Career pathways include related health care fields.

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