The Surgical Technology Program is programmatically accredited by the
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314N
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.
Students are trained to become multi-faceted members of the surgical team to work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgical procedures. The program includes well balanced on-campus space for lectures and demonstrations, on-campus (work-simulated) operating room laboratory for mock practice surgical procedures, proper scrub area and storage area. The off-campus Clinical Externship module of the curriculum is structured to include supervised hands-on training (requiring competencies logs and evaluations) at clinical externship sites such us hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, and endoscopy/colonoscopy clinics.
Objectives and goals:
At the completion of the program the diligent student will be:
Many Surgical Technicians are employed in hospital's operating rooms, labor and delivery rooms, ambulatory care centers and Central Sterile Processing Departments. Some are employed directly by surgeons in the private scrub role, while others with additional training work as Surgical First Assistants. They are also utilized in clinics, plastic and general surgery centers, and animal surgery centers, in offices of ophthalmologists, physicians, and dentists. Their broad educational background, plus specialized focus, allows surgical technicians to function well in a number of diverse areas of their field. Employment possibilities in addition to operating room technicians include surgery schedulers, materials management, central service managers, organ/tissues procurement and preservation, cardiac characterization laboratories, product development, research, and marketing and sales. A number of Operating Room technicians are instructors and preceptors in the Operating Room/surgical technology fields. For expected salary please refer to web site: www.salary.com.
Surgical Technologists work in clean, well lit and cool, controlled and relatively quiet environments. They may be required to stand for long periods of time, and it is vital their attention be focused on the tasks at hand. They may at times be exposed to communicable diseases, unpleasant odors, sights and biohazard materials and may have to lift, push or turn disabled patients as well as equipment. Most operating room technicians work a regular 40-hour week, although they may be "on call", work nights, weekends and holidays on a rotating basis depending on their facility.