This program consists of technical courses and supporting general education courses. Introduction to Surgical Technology, Surgical Procedures I, and Surgical Procedures II, are only offered online. Students are provided theory in the classroom environment, practice in the skills lab and clinical operating-room experiences in hospitals. The Surgical Technology Program requires students scrub 120 cases with 30 cases in General Surgery and the remaining 90 cases evenly distributed between a minimum 5 other surgical specialties. A total of 80 of the 120 cases will be in the first scrub role. The Surgical Technology Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. After successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Surgical Technologists are integral members of the surgical team. They work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and others to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery. Surgical technologists function primarily in the sterile capacity, passing instruments and equipment to the surgeon during the surgical procedure. They are employed in operating rooms, delivery rooms, emergency departments, and ambulatory care areas.
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