Surgical Technology H170211 (Full-Time)
M-F; 8am-2pm (Clinical hours vary)
Length: 15 Months (1330 Clock Hours)
Classroom Schedule: Mon.-Fri.; 8 am-2 pm
Clinical Schedule: Tues.-Fri.; 6:30 am-12 noon
(This program begins every 7-8 months.)
(Summer schedule subject to change.)
This program is fully accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
Basic Skill Levels:
TABE Test Scores: 11th Grade Reading & Language, 10th Grade Math
(In lieu of the TABE test, degreed applicants may submit proof of a U.S. college degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete the Application for Admission. Please click here to view a list of approved regional accrediting agencies.)
Possess a GED or standard U.S. high school diploma from a school accredited by an approved accrediting association
Possess a college degree from an approved regionally accredited institution
Personal interview with instructor
A Criminal Background Check and random drug screenings
A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment or take licensing exams in the medical professions. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.
Students entering all health programs with a clinical study requirement are subject to a Criminal Background Check and/or random drug screenings at their own expense.
If problems arise with the results of either the Criminal Background Check or the drug screening, students will not be permitted to attend the clinical portion of the program which then results in program non-completion.
Refunds for the costs of the Criminal Background Check and drug screenings are NOT granted for these circumstances.
This program is designed to prepare students to function as members of the surgical team under the supervision and responsibility of the operating room supervisor. Surgical Technologists assist the surgeon and nurses at the operating table by preparing supplies and equipment for use in surgery.
The graduate surgical technologist is able to implement methods of sterilization in preparing supplies and instruments, properly set-up the operating room and assist the surgeon as the sterile person on all types of surgical procedures.
The program of study and clinical experience are structured in two phases: a pre-clinical phase (6 months) offers the foundation courses on which the students base their knowledge and practice; the clinical phase (8 months) attained at area hospitals offers students the practical knowledge skills that can only be obtained through clinical experience. The daily hours for the clinical portion of the training vary from the regular school schedule.
Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical Center Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.
Surgical Technology Books and Supplies for November 2012 Class
Surgical Technology Books and Supplies for June 2013 Class
Graduates are qualified to seek employment as a Surgical Technologist and to take the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologist.
Salaries for graduates range from $13.67 - $20.65 per hour.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are a surgical technologist's responsibilities?
Surgical technologists are responsible for assisting in the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative preparation and care of the surgical patient. They prepare the sterile surgical field by gowning, gloving and helping the surgical team in draping the patient, passing the proper instrumentation to the surgeon for use on the patient during the surgical procedures; and assisting in cleaning the post-operative room to prepare for the next surgery.
What are the physical demands of a surgical technologist?
Surgical technologists must be able to lift at least 40-50 pounds. The instrument pans can be very heavy and patient lifting may be part of the job.
What are the responsibilities or demands surgeons place on surgical technologists?
Surgeons expect surgical technologists to know and carry out proper aseptic technique and have a broad based knowledge of basic instrumentation and suture use. They also expect technologists to be able to identify basic anatomical structures, properly pass instruments and supplies and know how to deal with stressful surgical situations.
Is clinical experience provided in the program?
Yes, students participate in an eight month clinical assignment in one of several sites throughout the county.
Is there a lot of homework in the program?
What is the job market for a certified surgical technologist?
The job market has tremendous possibilities throughout the area and the USA. The course has close to a 100% hiring rate.
What certifications and/or coursework can graduates earn?
Graduates can earn National Certification and continuing education credits.
What are the career opportunities in the surgical technologist field?
Graduates work in hospital facilities, eye banks, as private physician scrubs or first assistants, as procurement team members, as sales reps, or take nationwide traveling assignments.
Where have graduates found employment?
Graduates have been employed by St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, University Community Hospital, State-wide and nation-wide hospitals, Physician's private technologist, Tampa General Hospital, Brandon Hospital, Veteran's Hospital, and South Bay Hospital.
Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.
How can I learn more about this career field?
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