Program Description Surgical Technology is a job readiness program for students interested in being part of a surgical team. A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedure, instruments and technology to aid a physician's performance. Students receive both theoretical instruction and a clinical internship. Study and degree completion is offered on a two-year or three-year cycle. BSC's Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Fla. 33756. Phone: 727-210-2350.
Preparation A strong science background is recommended with high school preparation in the biological sciences, especially anatomy and physiology. Successful students are those able to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations. A strong sense of responsibility, patience, concern for order, manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital.
Program Requirements Students who complete the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the National Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination offered at the end of their sophomore year.
The Surgical Technology program is highly selective with limited enrollment. Students must first designate Surgical Technology as their intended field of study. Second, they complete one full time semester (at least 12 credit hours) with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. The third step is to apply to the program by Nov. 15 and participate in an interview. Faculty may grant provisional admittance into entry-level surgical technology classes to students who have met all general education requirements, with the exception of the sciences (BIOL 220, 220L, BIOL 221, 221L, and MICR 202 and 202L).
Students must provide documentation of current vaccinations. Prior to the operating room clinical internship, students need documentation of immunizations and must undergo a medical examination and a criminal background check at personal expense.
Career Opportunities Surgical technologists are in demand across the nation in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, and same day surgery centers. They also work in labor and delivery suites, as well as medical insurance companies, medical sales companies and sterile supply services. A surgical technologist may be employed by a surgeon and work as a surgical first assistant and assist the surgeon directly.