Surgical Technology Associate in Science

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The Surgical Technology Program at Great Bay Community College is the only Associate in Science degree program in the area. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology – a collaborative effort of the Association of Surgical Technologists and the American College of Surgeon, under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and approved by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists with the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) domains needed to be successful in their careers. Prior to graduation, students will sit for the national certification exam by taking a nationally administered written exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Questions about the status of accreditation for the Surgical Technology program should be addressed to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110 Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: 303-694-9262 Fax: 303-741-3655 Email: info@arcstsa.org Website: arcstsa.org
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street Clearwater, Florida 33756 Phone: 727.210.2350 Fax: 727.210.2354 Website: caahep.org
Questions about certification should be addressed to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 100 Littleton, CO 80120 Toll Free: 1.800.707.0057 FAX: 303.325.2536 Website: nbstsa.org

Surgical technologists are highly skilled members of the surgical team qualified by classroom education and supervised clinical experience. They work closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, registered nurse, and other surgical personnel to deliver the highest level of care for the surgical patient before, during, and after surgery. Surgical technologist work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation of tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. 

Surgical technologists have an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipate the needs of the surgeon. They have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care before and during the operative procedure and are constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field. The surgical technologist handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. Duties include setting up a sterile field, gowning and gloving other sterile team members, maintaining the highest standard of sterile technique during procedure, and assisting the surgeon during surgery.  With advanced training, surgical technologists may become first assistants who assist in complex surgical procedures such as open heart surgery. With additional education, they may become surgical nurses or instructors. Some surgical technologists assume management positions in hospital central supply departments or business firms such as sterile-supply services and operating-room equipment distributions.

The Surgical Technology program includes classroom courses in liberal arts, basic sciences, and surgical technology, along with clinical laboratory and supervised clinical experiences in community hospital operating rooms. Students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science courses prior to admission in the Surgical Technology program. Students admitted into the Surgical Technology program must take surgical technology courses in sequence. Students must be able to complete and successfully pass Competency Based Objectives embedded within Surgical Technology courses in order to continue with the program. In order to continue in the program all students must achieve a minimum of “C” in all major theory and science courses (Surgical Technology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, and Microbiology) and a “Pass” in all clinical courses. Surgical Technology students must be CPR certified by the time of their first clinical practicum and maintain certification throughout their senior year. Transportation to and from the practicum site is the responsibility of the student. Hospital regulations may restrict candidates from attending clinical practice who have been involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings. Questions may be directed to the student’s assigned clinical site.

Requirements

Technical Standards
Surgical Technology requires the ability to:

  • Recognize, report and correct unsafe practice by self or by team member
  • Communicate professionally, appropriately and effectively in different situations
  • Advocate for the patient’s safety, legal and moral rights
  • Function as a team member
  • Perform effectively in high stress situations
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Hold uncomfortable positions for extended periods of time
  • Lift heavy objects/patients safely
  • Remain calm and alert in stressful and tiring situations
  • Work effectively with both hands. (Manual dexterity)
  • Focus for extended periods of time
  • Perform in quick, accurate and detailed oriented manner
  • Follow orders and directions as instructed, regardless of the manner in which it was delivered
  • Handle constructive criticism with a positive and professional attitude
  • Be flexible both physically and mentally
  • Be Honest and ethical
  • Continue education after graduation to maintain continuing education credits for certification
  • Develop effective strategies for controlling bodily functions (sweat, urination, etc.)
  • Understand risks (physical and health) of job. (HIV, Hep C, etc.) Take necessary precautions to avoid these risks. Treat every patient as if they have some risks to pass on.
  • Handle physical, emotional, mental, smells and sights of the operating room (All sensory aspects and/or unexpected outcomes in the operating room).

If at any time during the program the student does not demonstrate/practice the above, they may be placed on suspension from the program with the possibility of not being readmitted to the program.

Admission Criteria
Because of increased interest in the program, completion of the application process by April 30th is strongly recommended.

Admissions Requirements:
Complete an application to the program.

  • Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
  • Provide proof of completion of high school biology, or equivalent with a grade of “C” or greater or proof of registration in a course with a projected completion date of August 30th of the current year. Computer background strongly recommended.
  • Place into college level Math, Reading and Writing or demonstrate equivalent competencies through a college transcript or SAT scores.
  • Complete a personal interview with the program director.

Clinical Requirements:

  1. Prior to Orientation to Surgical Clinical, applicants must:
    • Possess and maintain professional liability insurance (available at The College).
    • Submit a report of a current physical examination including all program required health screenings and immunizations.
    • Certify in American Heart Association CPR Healthcare Provider or Red Cross equivalent. (BLS)
    • Have a baseline eye exam before first clinical practicum and after last clinical practicum if they have worked with lasers.
  2. Possess/maintain health/accident insurance.
  3. Complete a Level I criminal background check and drug screen.
  4. Submit and pass a 10 panel drug screen.

Surgical Technology Program Suspension Information
Students matriculated in the Surgical Technology Program who are withdrawn or do not achieve the required minimum grade of a “C” in all major SURG Tech and science courses will not be able to continue in the program. In addition students are required to achieve the required minimum grade of “C” in BIOL 110, BIOL 120 and BIOL 210 as designated in the chart below.

Requirement Prior to Core Course Registration:
BIOL110 “C” or higher SURG215 & SURG210
BIOL120 & BIOL210 “C” or higher SURG224 & SURG225

Students who do not pass their Competency Based Objectives (CBO) will not be allowed to retake the CBO.

Surgical Technology Readmission Policy
Students matriculated in the Surgical Tech Program who withdraw or are Program Suspended may be eligible for readmission consideration. A student may be readmitted to the program one time only. Students who have failed a course because of lack of professionalism or unsafe practice involving actions or non-actions may be suspended from the program without eligibility for readmission consideration. Unsafe practice includes actions or non-actions that may cause injury, damage or harm to the surgical client or others.

Readmissions are contingent upon space availability. The student applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission. In order to be reconsidered for admission, the student must:

  • Submit a written, dated letter requesting readmission consideration to the Program Director of Surgical Technology
  • Briefly outline the reasons they were unable to continue in the program and identify the surgical technology course to which they are requesting readmission. Students need to have successfully completed with a C or better BIOL110, BIOL120, BIOL210 within the past five years from the time of re-admission to the program.
  • Students who have requested readmission consideration will be ranked according to their surgical technology course average as space availability is determined. Students will then be readmitted based on their ranking order. Students will then be notified of the status of the request in writing by the admissions department.

If a request for readmission is granted, the student must complete a new application.

Advanced Placement:
In addition to the general admission criteria, students seeking advanced placement must have completed and passed with a C grade or better all prerequisite coursework by examination, challenge or transfer credit. They must pass Competency Based Objectives (CBO), outlined in SURG114 and/or SURG120 lab syllabi. Students applying to the Surgical Technology Program will be required to have a personal interview with the program director.

Surgical Technology Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay Community College transfer credit policies, transfer courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Microbiology cannot be more than five years old at the time of acceptance.

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG114 Introduction to Surgical Technology Fundamentals 6 3 7
Classroom 6, Lab 3, Total 7
SURG115 Basic Instrumentation, Supplies and Equipment 0 3 1
Classroom 0, Lab 3, Total 1
AH110 Medical Terminology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BIOL110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
MATH145 Topics in Applied College Mathematics 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Total Credits 19

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG116 Advanced Instrumentation, Supplies and Equipment 0 3 1
Classroom 0, Lab 3, Total 1
SURG120 Surgical Procedures I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
BIOL120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 16

Summer Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG123 Orientation to Surgical Clinical 0 40 2
Classroom 0, Lab 40, Total 2
Total Credits 2

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG210 Surgical Procedures II 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
SURG215 Surgical Clinical I 0 32 8
Classroom 0, Lab 32, Total 8
BIOL210 Microbiology 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
Total Credits 15

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
SURG224 Surgical Procedures III/Special Considerations in Surgery 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
SURG225 Surgical Clinical II 0 24 8
Classroom 0, Lab 24, Total 8
English Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 18

Total Overall Credits : 70

Additional Information

Course expectations include computer work. Students unfamiliar with computers are encouraged to take the Accuplacer Assessment in Computer Literacy or take Introduction to Computers (CIS110) before entering the program.

Upon acceptance, applicants must participate in an operating room tour at a hospital affiliated with the program. This experience will be under the supervision of the program director or designee and will occur prior to the start of the fall semester. Specific dates will be provided to each student.

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