About the Program
Surgical Technologists are integral members of the operating room team. They work in cooperation with surgeons and other healthcare professionals to deliver safe, direct patient care during all phases of surgery. Technologists prepare and sterilize instruments and surgical supplies, assist physicians during surgical procedures, ensure necessary equipment is properly maintained and available when needed, handle surgical specimens, maintain a sterile atmosphere in the operating room environment and complete necessary paperwork related to surgical procedures.
The comprehensive Surgical Technology program offers students the opportunity to prepare for entrylevel positions as Surgical Technologists. The three-semester curriculum gives students a balanced set of experiences in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting. Students are trained in procedures, aseptic (sterile) techniques, medical equipment nomenclature, human anatomy and physiology, physics, robotics, and pharmacology for the operating room. Graduates of the program may be employed in a variety of areas such as the operating room, labor and delivery, physicians’ offices, cath labs, and outpatient surgery centers.
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST). Students who successfully complete Midlands Technical College’s Surgical Technology 12-month diploma program are eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam and upon passing will become certified surgical technologists. The last four graduating classes of Midlands Technical College’s Surgical Technology program have had a 100% passing rate on this exam.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Learning experiences for students in the Surgical Technology Diploma Program are provided in classrooms and a simulated operating room on the Airport Campus in the Health Sciences Building. Required clinical experiences (externships/internships) are arranged through affiliations with local hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Students are required to purchase and maintain blue scrub suits, white shoes, white hose, a name pin and protective eye wear at an approximate cost of $180.
Students must attain a grade of “C” or better in all required curriculum courses to complete the program successfully. All courses in the curriculum may be repeated no more than once to obtain a grade of “C” or better. No more than two curriculum courses may be repeated. All Surgical Technology courses must be taken in the appropriate sequence.
In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements for the Health Sciences
Department, specific eligibility and admissions criteria to the Surgical Technology program include:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- High school or college credits in mathematics/science (algebra, chemistry, physics or biology) recommended
Acceptable Interview Eligibility
- TEAS V (September 2014-Present): 60 total percent (reading 70 percent, mathematics 68 percent, science 47 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
- HOBET V (August 2013-September 2014): 52 total percent (reading 63 percent, mathematics 57 percent, science 39 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
- MTC writing sample score of 30; or
- SAT 840 (minimum critical reading 430); and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
- ACT 18 (minimum verbal 17) and MTC writing sample of score of 30; or
- Successful completion of the Pre-Health Care Certificate with a 2.5 GPA and “C” or higher in each course; or
- Associate degree or higher.
Acceptable Admissions Criteria
- Successful interview by the Surgical Technology Admission Committee
- Must be 17 years of age by date of program entry
- Certification in Basic First-aid and CPR
- Acceptable criminal background check and drug screening results
Essential Functions in Surgical Technology
Applicants and students should be able to perform these essential functions or with reasonable accommodations, such as help of compensatory techniques and/or assistive devices, be able to demonstrate ability to become proficient in these essential functions. Here is a downloadable PDF of the Essential Functions Required of Students for Admission and Progression in Surgical Technology.
||Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
||Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
||Ability to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations: evaluate patient or instrument responses; synthesize data; draw sound conclusions.
||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
||Ability to establish rapport with patients and colleagues. Use therapeutic communication (attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, and teaching). Function (consult, negotiate, share) as a part of a team.
||Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in spoken and written English.
||Ability to explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching; document and interpret instructions. Listen attentively. In an emergency, two-way communication cannot be impaired due to patient safety.
||Remain continuously on task for several hours while standing, sitting, moving, lifting and/or bending.
||Ability to manually resuscitate patients in emergency situations or stand/walk for extended periods of time. Turn, position, and transfer patients. Must be able to lift 25 lbs., standing erect, using only upper body strength for at least 30 seconds.
||Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces while maintaining environmental and patient safety; full range of motion; manual and finger dexterity; and hand-eye coordination.
||Ability to move around in work area and treatment areas. Position oneself in environment to render care without obstructing the position of other team members or equipment. Assembling and passing instruments in the surgical field of operation.
||Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe patient care and operate equipment.
||Ability to use equipment and instruments with necessary dexterity.
||Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
||Ability to hear alarms, emergency signals, muffled voices, auscultatory sounds and cries for help.
||Normal or corrected visual ability sufficient for patient observation and assessment, ability to discriminate between subtle changes in density (black and grey) or a color at low light.
||Ability to observe patient responses, secretions, color. Read thermometer, chart, computer screen, digital printouts, labels and gauges.
||Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.
||Ability to perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention.
||Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental and patient safety.
||Ability to distinguish smells which are contributory to assessing and/or maintaining the patient’s health status or environmental safety.
|Professional Attitude and Demeanor
||Ability to present professional appearance and implement measures to maintain one’s own physical and mental health and emotional stability.
||Ability to work under stressful conditions. Be exposed to communicable diseases and contaminated body fluids. React calmly in emergency situations. Demonstrate flexibility. Show concern for others.
Note: Students requiring reasonable accommodations may contact the Office of Counseling and Career Development Services, Counselor for Students with Disabilities.
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