Surgical Technology Vocational Certificate (VC) InformationView Course Requirements
The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assistants (ARC-ST/SA). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210-2350 http://www.caahep.org/
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite 210, Littleton, CO 80120. (303) 694-9262. http://www.arcstsa.org/
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Introduction to the Surgical Technology Vocational Certificate (VC) Program
The Surgical Technology program prepares the student to perform as a member of the surgical team who works closely with surgeons, anesthesiologist, registered nurses and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery.
Special Admission Requirements
Admission is limited by accreditation requirements, student/faculty ratio and availability of clinical resources. Students seeking admission to the program must complete application to both the College and the program. All application requirements must be completed before students will be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program. Admission is based on first qualified, first accepted.
- Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) on file, if required;
- 2.0 grade point average.
Progression to the clinical component of the program is contingent upon submission of satisfactory physical examination/immunization status and current CPR certification at the Health Care Provider level (American Heart Association); Ability to meet and comply with standards and policies in the current College catalog and Student Handbook; satisfactory background and urine drug screen.
Requirements for Progression
Progression through the ST program requires:
- Grade of C or higher in all courses in the curriculum
- Satisfactory completion of all corequisites and prerequisites
- Current CPR certification at the Health Care Provider level (American Heart Association)
- Satisfactory level of mental and physical health, including current immunizations, Hepatitis B vaccination and yearly TB testing.
Students who do not meet progression requirements must withdraw from the ST program and apply for readmission.
Interested students should contact the Allied Health Department for assistance in planning your program of study.
Is This For You?
Persons who enjoy working with a team, are cooperative and efficient, and like to work in a constantly challenging environment will be suited for this career. If you are organized and efficient, enjoy working with your hands, and are motivated to help people, this career field would be very rewarding for you.
Beyond Graduation . . .
Certifications within the field are available and are required by some employers. Higher level health care programs, such as an Associate degree in Registered Nursing, are available at Pensacola State College.
Related Career Opportunities
Careers in the field of surgical technology are found in hospital operating rooms, emergency rooms, ambulatory surgery suites, cast rooms, delivery rooms, and surgi-centers. Private scrub technologists are also employed by surgeons in surgical clinics, ophthalmology offices, and dental offices.
Are members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery. The role of the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) includes such preoperative duties as preparing the operating room (OR) by supplying it with the appropriate supplies and instruments, adjusting and testing equipment, preparing the patient for surgery, and helping to connect surgical equipment and monitoring devices. The CST, usually the first member of the OR team to “scrub” and put on gown and gloves, prepares the sterile setup for the appropriate procedure and assists other members of the team with gowning and gloving. During the operation, CSTs have primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field. In order that surgery may proceed smoothly, CSTs anticipate the needs of surgeons, passing instruments and providing sterile items in an efficient manner. As directed by the surgeon, technicians may sponge or suction the operative site, prepare suture material, dispense appropriate fluids and drugs, and prepare specimens for subsequent pathologic analysis. After the operation, CSTs are responsible for applying dressings and preparing the OR for the next case. Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) may also function in the nonsterile role of circulator. This can involve keeping a written account of the surgical procedure, assisting the anesthesiologist, and helping account for sponges, needles, and instruments before, during, and after surgery.
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