Certificate of Proficiency in Surgical Technology is a 42-credit-hour program that prepares students for entry-level positions as surgical technologists. Students learn aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical procedures and patient care through classroom, laboratory and clinical practice.
Under the direct supervision of the surgeon, surgical technologists prepare the operating room, assist in positioning the patient, and assemble instruments and equipment for each procedure. During the operation, technologists aid the surgeon by passing instruments and sutures. They also position lights, operate diagnostic equipment and transport patients.
Graduates are qualified to take the National Certifying Examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Persons interested in surgical technology should be:
- Able to work as part of a team
- Able to handle instruments and equipment with good manual dexterity
- Able to function effectively under stress
- Emotionally stable
- Neat and clean
- Able to move rapidly without getting in another's way
- Able to accept criticism and guidance
- Physically able to remain in standing positions for long periods