Surgical Technology Technical Certificate
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Read Admissions Requirements and Application Packet on right and submit your completed application by April 26 for Fall 2019 Surgical Technology program entry.
Work on the cutting edge.
The Surgical Technology Technical Certificate prepares you to be an instrumental member of the operating room team during surgical procedures. Build solid foundational knowledge in anatomy, medical terminology, and microbiology. Become a successful surgical technologist prepared for all major specialties in the operating room with extensive classroom time and practical clinical experience. Gain the abilities to:
- Recognize elements of good patient care and prioritize them before less important elements in the operating room.
- Behave professionally in a stressful environment with demanding personalities while remaining calm and focused.
- Accurately plan for and perform duties of a surgical technologist in the scrub role in common surgical specialties.
- Most surgical technologists work in hospital-based operating rooms.
- Surgical technologists may also work in dental and veterinary surgical settings.
- Some surgical technologists work for surgeons in a private capacity.
- Medical device manufacturers also employ surgical technologists for technical support and sales.
Learn about employment for surgical technologists, the nature of the work, job outlook, wages, related occupations and more:
Gainful Employment Disclosures: Surgical Technology
Advising and Curriculum
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Surgical Technology Technical Certificate Advising Sheet
2019-20 Advising Sheet (PDF)
Technical Certificate Fact Sheet
Surgical Technology Program
The Surgical Technology Technical Certificate consists of:
- Eight didactic courses (Medical Terminology, Basic Anatomy/Physiology, Orient. to Surgical Technology, Surgical Pharmacology, Surg. Tech. & Patient Care I, Surg. Microbiology & Asepsis, Surgical Procedures I, Surgical Procedures II);
- One lab class (Surgical Patient Care II); and
- Three courses that provide the student with clinical experience (Clinical Practicum I, Clinical Practicum II, and Clinical Practicum III).
- BIOL 1000* – Medical Terminology*
- SURG 1304* – Basic Anatomy/Physiology*
- SURG 1102 – Orient. to Surgical Technology
- SURG 1305* – Surgical Pharmacology*
- SURG 1410 – Surg. Tech. & Patient Care I
- SURG 2310* – Surg. Microbiology & Asepsis*
- SURG 2420 – Surgical Patient Care II
- SURG 2321 – Surgical Procedures I
- SURG 2330 – Surgical Procedures II
- SURG 2103 – Clinical Practicum I
- SURG 2201 – Clinical Practicum II
- SURG 2302 – Clinical Practicum III
* These courses count toward the Surgical Technology certificate and may be taken prior to acceptance into the program. Taking these courses does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Enrollment in classes with class numbers beginning in “SURG” except 2310 and 1305 requires interview and instructor’s approval.
Please see the NSCC Catalog for course descriptions and syllabi.
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 Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1362 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Students successfully completing the program will be eligible to sit for the Surgical Technologists Certifying Exam and receive certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (formerly LCC-ST).
For more information on the field of Surgical Technology, please visit the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) website.
NSCC Surgical Technology Program Goal Statement
The Surgical Technology program is an educational experience that produces competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and prepares them to successfully complete the National Certification Exam. The program provides the qualified and motivated applicant with experiences in a learner-centered environment that is supportive and responsive to their individual needs. Learning experiences are facilitated by qualified faculty and/or preceptors and are designed to help the student learn to independently apply sound theory to practice.
Contact Information: Van Bates 615-353-3708, Office: D-30, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assessment Exam Pass Rate
Program Outcomes Assessment Exam Pass Rate
The Nashville State Community College Surgical Technology program’s pass rate on the NBSTSA National Certification Exam from our most recent Annual Report is 71%.