Surgical technologists (ST's) are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel. Before, during and after surgery, they deliver patient care and perform tasks that help ensure a safe surgical environment, contributing to and supporting the operating team's efficiency.
The role of a surgical technologist includes setting up the operating room, preparing surgical instruments and assisting in their use, and preparing patients for surgery. The technologist has primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field, ensuring that all members of the operating team adhere to aseptic technique, and preparing and applying sterile dressings following procedures.
ST's are employed in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, cast rooms, emergency departments and clinics. The employment outlook for this occupational area is very good.
Coursework includes both classroom and clinical instruction. Multiple clinical sites are used to expose students to a variety of surgical settings. Successful completion of the program, with additional general education coursework, results in the award of an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Successful completion of the program also permits the graduate to sit for the national certifying examination.
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Outcomes Assessment Exam Results
The Surgical Technology program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam.
Class Success Rate by Year
Retention rate: 24 initially enrolled, 2 dropped= 91%
CST Participation in Certification Exam: 22/22= 100%
CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 19/22= 86%
Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education)= 19/22=86%
Return rate: 16/22 = 72%
Satisfaction rate: 16/16 = 100%
Return rate: 22/22 = 100%
Satisfaction rate: 22/22 = 100%
(as of August 29, 2018)
Retention rate: 26 enrolled, 2 dropped= 92 %
CST Participation in Certification Exam: 24/24= 100%
CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 21/24= 87%
Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education)= 21/24=87%
Return rate: 15/20 = 75%
Satisfaction rate: 15/15 = 100%
Return rate: 24/24 = 100%
Satisfaction rate: 24/24 = 100%
Retention rate: 30 enrolled, 4 dropped = 86%
CST Participation in Certification Exam: 26/26=100%
CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 25/26=96%
Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education) = 24/26=92%
Employer Survey Return rate=12/23=52%
Employer Survey Satisfaction rate=12/12=100%
Graduate Survey Return rate=14/26=53%
Graduate Survey Satisfaction rate= 14/14=100%
Retention rate: 25 enrolled, 5 dropped; 20/25= 80%
CST Participation in Certification Exam: 20/20=100%
CST Pass Rate in Certification Exam (first time): 19/20=95%
Graduate Placement (in field, continuing education) = 15/20=75%
Employer Survey Return rate=10/14=71%
Employer Survey Satisfaction rate=10/10=100%
Graduate Survey Return rate=20/20=100%
Graduate Survey Satisfaction rate= 20/20=100%
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