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  • Surgical Technology
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall Semester

    Award: AAS

    Average Class Size: 16

    Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer

    CAAHEP Accredited Program: May 20, 2016

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

    Course Availability: Day Ground Classes

    Clinical Rotation Availability: Day, Evenings, Weekends

    Program Location: PCC-SMC Campus - St. Mary Corwin Regional Medical Center

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  • Career Information
    A Surgical Technologist is a vital member of the operating room team and this career requires extensive commitment and special qualities from those who practice in this profession. Here at PCC, our Surgical Technology Program prepares you for a career in a variety of surgical settings like hospital operating rooms and ambulatory surgery centers, labor and delivery, eye clinics, cardiovascular labs, orthopedic and other specialty centers as well working in a sterile processing department.

    Students who successfully complete the PCC Surgical Technology Program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Upon passing the exam, students can practice under the prestigious title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

    What Will I Learn
    PCC Surgical Technology Students will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology and be prepared to immediately assume entry-level responsibilities encompassed by the profession of Surgical Technology. 

    The student will gain classroom and hands-on experience in surgical techniques, patient preparation, preparing the OR, creating and maintaining a sterile field, scrubbing, gowning, and gloving, draping, and utilizing surgical case management. Students will also discover how to apply hemostasis, use sutures, needles, and stapling devices, handle specimens, understand surgical pharmacology and anesthesia, prepare controlled medications on the sterile field, apply wound care and dressing applications and utilize the principles of asepsis. Additionally, students will learn how to handle sharps safely, pass surgical instrumentation, supplies, and equipment during surgical procedures, perform surgical counts, execute room turnover and terminal cleaning processes, and carry out the necessary skills needed to process and sterilize instrumentation and supplies properly. Finally, students will participate in extensive clinical rotations within hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to gain experience working in the operating room with certified surgical technologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, circulating nurses and other qualified OR team members. 

    The PCC Surgical Technology Program proudly contributes to the growth and participation in the field of Surgical Technology, as well as sustains both local and regional communities by meeting their need for excellent surgical technologists.

    Resources
    Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)
    The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
    Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

    THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.

    The PCC Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs | 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 | Clearwater, FL 33763 | 727-210-2350 | www.caahep.org