The Surgical Technology program prepares individuals to work primarily in the operating room. Employment opportunities are also available in surgical centers, labor and delivery, ER’s and doctors offices. Students will be placed in two clinical facilities, a different one each semester. These clinical placements are made at the discretion of the clinical instructor. Clinical is in the second semester from about 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the clinical sites. Upon completion of the program, the Surgical Technology student receives a certificate of completion.
The surgical technologist, working under the direct supervision of a registered nurse, functions as an integral member of a surgical team in assisting with surgical procedures, setting up and handing the instruments, sutures and other equipment needed to do the procedure and also is responsible for care of the instruments before and after the procedure. The surgical technologist must be in good physical and mental health to withstand rigors of the job. Enrollment in the Surgical Technology program is limited to the number of available clinical sites. Applicants must submit all application documentation to Enrollment Services. This is a service learning program requiring students to perform six hours of guided community service.
The clinical placement agencies make the final determination about accepting students for placement in their facility, and may decline to have students placed at their facility, based on the criminal background record of the student. The latter may cause the student not to be able to complete all of the program requirements. In addition, it will be the responsibility of the student to contact the licensing agency and seek advice regarding eligibility for licensure and requirements needed to progress in this profession, if the criminal background check discloses issues of concern.
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