SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

Fall 2014

Enrollment:

Fall

Degrees and Certificates

Program Website:

View the program website

Tuition and Fees

http://www.ccs.spokane.edu/TuitionFees

Additional Costs

Books$600
Supplies and Equipment$500
Misc. Fees*$485
* Estimate six quarters. Misc fee includes: insurance, physical exam, immunizations, WA state registration, AST dues, etc.

Program Description

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to function in cooperation with the surgeon and nurses in the operating room performing duties that are vital for the safety and care of surgical patients. Students must have knowledge and skills in surgical aseptic techniques for preparation and use of materials during a surgical procedure. Students also must be able to relate to patients and other people in the field. Using reasonable judgment when working in emergency surgical situations is required.
At the completion of the program, students will be able to accept the responsibility expected of the surgical technologist as a beginning staff employee in the operating room. Prior to graduation, students will sit for the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists for qualification as a certified surgical technologist (CST).
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (www.nbstsa.org).  The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 100 Littleton, CO  80120 Toll Free:  1-800-707-0057 FAX:  303-325-2536.  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 1361 Park Street Clearwater, Florida  33756 (707) 210-2350 www.caahep.org
Admission Requirements: Pre-program wait list requirement:

Prior to acceptance on the Surgical Technology program wait list students must complete a satisfactory criminal background check (completed annually).  This process is completely on-line and can be done through True-Hire at:  https://truehire.secure-screening.net/escreening/OApp_LoginEntrance.asp?mode=direct&code=008002.  The code you will need to enter to have the results turned in and verified is:  STPREREQ.  Please note that the cost for this check must be paid by credit card before the check can be started. 

Each required course for graduation must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or better before proceeding to the next quarter.
A student may repeat a surgical technology class only once, and it must be repeated within two years.
The Surgical Technology program must be completed within a three-year period. 
The Surgical Technology program is a fall start program.  Students are accepted from a wait list.
Students can enter into the third or fourth quarter only if they qualify for advanced standing and space is available. Students requesting placement into the program in the second year must pass a comprehensive test for each class or take SURG 202, 203 and 206 even if they had previously passed the courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge and skills of biological sciences in preparing and implementing operating room procedures.
  2. Identify and apply the concepts of medical ethics in relationship to the patient, physician and health facility.
  3. Recognize and apply the knowledge of legal implications of their actions as it relates to themselves, the physician and the medical facility.
  4. Identify and utilize surgical instruments, equipment, sutures, dressings and medications in the operating room according to minimal established competencies.
  5. Comprehend surgical terminology utilized within the operating room environment.
  6. Apply the concepts of social sciences in relating to patients, and other members of the health team.
  7. Identify professional inter-relatedness & inter-dependency of all segments of the health care delivery system.

Career Opportunities

Inpatient/outpatient surgery, maternity unit, central service, physician’s office, vendor representative