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Surgical Technology Diploma Program

The Surgical Technology diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in Surgical Technology. Graduates of the program receive a Surgical Technology diploma and are qualified for employment as surgical technologists.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of the Surgical Technology program are prepared for responsible positions in hospitals, private clinics or other institutions requiring qualified professional personnel.

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION

To become certified, Surgical Technology, graduates must pass a national certification examination by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM

The standard curriculum for the Surgical Technology program is designed for the quarter system. The diploma requires 87 credit hours to complete and can generally be completed in 6 quarters. Students are admitted every Summer quarter for completion of core classes.

CURRICULUM OUTLINECREDITS
GENERAL CORE COURSES15
COL 1000*College Survival Strategies (Institutional Credit Only)(3)
ENG 1010* Fundamentals of English I (OL)5
MAT 1012* Foundations of Mathematics** (OL)5
PSY 1010*Psychology (OL)5
OCCUPATIONAL COURSES69
AHS 1011*Anatomy and Physiology (OL)5
AHS 104*Introduction to Health Care3
AHS 109*Medical Terminology (OL)3
SUR 101*Introduction to Surgical Technology6
SUR 102*Principles of Surgical Technology5
SUR 108*Surgical Microbiology3
SUR 109*Surgical Patient Care3
SUR 110*Surgical Pharmacology3
SUR 112*Introductory Surgical Practicum7
SUR 203*Surgical Procedures I6
SUR 204*Surgical Procedures II6
SUR 213*Specialty Surgical Practicum8
SUR 214*Advanced Specialty Surgical Practicum8
SUR 224*Seminar in Surgical Technology3
FUNDAMENTAL OCCUPATIONAL COURSES3
SCT 100*Introduction to Microcomputers (OL)3

* "C" or higher is required for designated courses.

** MAT 1012, Foundations of Mathematics, is a requirement for this program. MAT 1012 contains competencies essential for this program, therefore, MAT 1013, Algebra, cannot be accepted for MAT 1012.

(OL) designation indicates course is available online in selected quarters.

Technical Standards for Health Sciences Education

The Health Sciences Division faculty have specified the following nonacademic criteria (technical standards) which all applicants and enrolled students are expected to meet in order to participate in Health Sciences programs and professional practice.

  1. Ability to work in a clinical setting eight to ten twelve hours a day performing physical tasks requiring physical energy without jeopardizing patient, self, or colleague safety.*

PROGRAM COSTS

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)

Tuition/Fees: $3,232

Books/Supplies: $1,100

Professional/Organization Dues: $55

National Certification Exam: $190

Refer to General Health Sciences Basic Clinical Requirements and Costs at www.southeasterntech.edu/2010-11_catalog/healthsciences/healthsciences.asp.

CLINICAL EDUCATION

Clinical Sites:
Hospitals within a two-hour radius. Includes: Meadows Regional Medical Center, Emanuel Medical Center, Fairview Park Hospital, VA Hospital - Dublin, Taylor Regional, Wayne Memorial, Appling Healthcare, Georgia Institute of Plastic Surgery, University Healthcare, and Coffee Regional Medical Center, Dodge County Hospital, Candler County Hospital, Dorminey Medical Center, Liberty Medical Center, and Evans County Hospital.

Special Requirements of the Clinical Sites:
CPR Certification; drug screening; Hepatitis B vaccine; TB skin test; complete physical and dental exam. The student may have to attend the clinical site’s orientation program prior to admission to the operating room.

General Location of the Clinical Sites:
Toombs and surrounding counties. Students may have to travel to a site that is a maximum of two hours from Toombs County in order to experience the required case loads necessary to graduate. Out of town expenses are to be paid by the student. This includes transportation and gas, hotel room and food.

Practicum Assignments

Surgical Technology students will rotate through the clinical affiliates as scheduled in the course sequence. The standard clinical case requirements that students must achieve is 125 cases in order to complete the program. These 125 cases are distributed among three levels of both core and specialty cases.  A minimum of 35 cases must be performed independent of the preceptor or instructor. 

SPECIAL PROGRAM FEATURES

The 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 Committee on Education in Surgical Technology.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

Students will be required to sit for the national certification examination given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, (NBSTSA) prior to graduation. The NBSTSA has a policy of not allowing persons who are convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor to take the certifying examination. Because of this policy, there may be an inability of the person with a conviction to work in the profession. The Surgical Technology program and curriculum meets Georgia TCSG standards.

Surgical Technology Club
The Surgical Technology Club is open to all Surgical Technology student majors, including those taking their core classes at Southeastern Tech. The purpose of the Surgical Tech Club is to promote interest in careers in Surgical Technology and to provide members with opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of the community through projects and programs.