The Surgical Technology Program is a two year Associate of Applied Science degree program starting in the fall semester.
Upon completion of the Surgical Technology Program, you will be qualified to assist the surgical team during surgery. A surgical technologist may work as a surgical scrub person, passing instruments and surgical supplies to the surgeon, assist the RN circulating during the surgical procedure, or other areas within the operating room department.
During your training you will learn theory, surgical procedures, instrumentation, aseptic technique, and surgical equipment and supplies. Through a clinical education course, you will receive valuable clinical experience in the operating suite of a local hospital. Upon completing your course work, you will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination.
PROGRAM SURGICAL CASE REQUIREMENTS FOR
Total # of Cases Required
Minimum # of First Scrub Cases Required
Maximum # of Second Scrub Cases That
Can be Applied Towards 120 Cases
endoscopy cases may be applied toward the second scrub cases
delivery cases may be applied toward the second scrub cases
total number of cases the student must complete is 120.
are required to complete 30 cases in General Surgery. Twenty of the cases must be in the First
are required to complete 90 cases in various surgical specialties. Sixty of the cases must be in the First Scrub
Role and evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases
that can be counted in any one surgical specialty.
surgical technology program is required to verify through the surgical rotation
documentation the students’ progression in First and Second Scrubbing surgical
procedures of increased complexity as he/she moves towards entry-level graduate
endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory. But up to 10 diagnostic endoscopic cases and
5 vaginal delivery cases can be counted toward the maximum number of Second
Scrub Role cases.
- Observation cases must be documented, but do
not count towards the 120 required cases.
patient requires a splenectomy and repair of a LeFort I fracture. Two cases can be counted and documented since
the splenectomy is general surgery specialty and repair of LeFort I is
oral-maxillofacial surgical specialty.
requires a breast biopsy followed by a mastectomy. It is one pathology, breast cancer, and the
specialty is general surgery; therefore, it is counted and documented as one
procedure – one case.
FIRST AND SECOND SCRUB ROLE
FIRST SCRUB ROLE
surgical technologist shall perform the following duties during any given
surgical procedure with proficiency. The
following list is provided to identify the items that must be completed in
order to document case in the first scrub role.
A student not meting the five criteria below cannot count the case in
the first scrub role and the case must be documented in the second scrub role
or observation role.
supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure.
up the sterile field with instruments, supplies, equipment, medication(s), and
solutions needed for the procedure.
- Perform counts with the circulator prior to the procedure and before the incision is
instruments and supplies to the sterile surgical team members during the
sterile technique as measured by recognized breaks in technique and demonstrate
knowledge of how to correct with appropriate technique.
SECOND SCRUB ROLE
The second scrub
role is defined as the student who is at the sterile field who has not met all
criteria for the first scrub role, but actively participates in the surgical
procedure in its entirety by completing any of the following:
role is defined as the student who is in the operating room performing roles
that do not meet the criteria for the first or second scrub role. These observation cases are not to be
included in the required case count, but must be documented by the program.
For further information on the Surgical Technology (ST) program, please select a topic of interest from the list below.
Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest
The Surgical Technology Program maintains close ties with the Association of Surgical Technologists and the Association of Operating Room Nurses.
- Association of Surgical Technologist
- Association of Operating Room Nurses
The following are some interesting web sites about Surgical Technology.
Faculty & Staff
The Surgical Technology Program faculty are certified surgical technologists with years of experience in operating room nursing. They are dedicated professionals with expertise in many surgical services, providing the student with the best academic and clinical experience available.
- K. Renee Guillory, CST, Program Director, Assistant Professor
- Jessica Garza, CST, Clinical Coordinator, Instructor