Surgical Technology

PURPOSE: The program is designed to prepare students for employment as a surgical technologist. The program meets the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

PROGRAM CONTENT: This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of theory, laboratory and clinical experiences and includes:

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • pathophysiology
  • microbiology
  • aseptic techniques
  • patient care procedures
  • surgical technology procedures
  • patient safety
  • use and care of equipment and supplies
  • CPR Heartsaver
  • basic computer literacy

LABORATORY/CLINICAL ACTIVITIES: In a simulated surgical environment, students practice preparing, setting up and maintaining a sterile field, sterilization and disinfecting procedures, preparation of supplies and equipment for surgery, and patient preparation. The campus skills lab, computer lab, and classroom are utilized for student learning.  Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. Clinical learning experiences in an operation room and related areas are an integral part of this program.

 ENTRANCE/CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Provide high school or GED diploma
  • Take test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (see below)
  • Background Screening (student’s expense)
  • Attend an orientation
  • Complete a physical examination prior to entrance
  • Complete program paperwork prior to entrance

BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENTS (TABE)

  • Math 10 A
  • Language 11 A
  • Reading 11 A

These minimum basic skills levels are required for awarding a full program completer certificate.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM:  1330 hours approximately 14 months. Students can earn a certificate of completion of any of the following occupational completion points (OCP’S)

HOURS:

  • OCP A                          Basic Healthcare Worker              90
  • OCP B                          Central Supply Technician          210
  • OCP C                          Surgical Technologist 1               343
  • OCP C                          Surgical Technologist 2               343
  • OCP C                          Surgical Technologist 3               344

UNIFORMS: Students are required to wear the official school uniform during the entire program in class and in the clinical setting.

TRANSPORTATION: Students must provide their own transportation to and from the campus, as well as all clinical settings.

LICENSURE: After successful completion of this approved program, students are eligible to take the certified surgical technologist exam of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: The number of surgical technologists employed in Florida in 2006 was 5,439. It is projected that in 2014 there will be 6,560, an annual average growth rate of 2.6 percent or an annual increase of 140 positions with experience and/or further education, surgical technologists may advance to sales positions with surgical supply companies, inventory control management, surgical assistants, and surgical nurses.

SALARY: Average salary is $12-$15/hour but varies according to specialty and experience

NOTE: Different kinds of financial aid are available to eligible students and eligible programs. Applications and information regarding financial aid resources may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

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