Surgical Technologist Diploma Program Overview
As technology advances, the aging population escalates and more procedures are being done, the number of surgical tech jobs is projected to grow.* Get the surgical tech training to assist with surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel. Become a valuable member of an operating room (OR) team by performing tasks vital to a successful surgery.
As a surgical technologist, you may be responsible for essential duties before, during and after surgical procedures. Tasks include the preparation of the operating room and patients, organization and maintenance of instruments and equipment, cleaning of the operating room, and replenishment of supplies.
Surgical Technologist Training
The Surgical Technologist program provides training in the areas of:
- Proper aseptic techniques for preventing and controlling infection.
- Recognition of basic instrument sets (major, minor and plastic).
- Ability to position patients with confidence and ease.
- Knowledge of the general makeup of the mayo tray and back table.
- Ability to function effectively as a member of a surgical team.
Surgical Technologist Diploma Courses
The surgical technology courses include:
- Strategies for Health Care Professional Success
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Diseases of the Human Body
- Microbiology and Infection Control
- Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology
- Surgical Pharmacology
- Surgical Technology
- Surgical Procedures
- Clinical Rotations
- Surgical Technologist Certification Exam Review
Surgical Technologist Career Opportunities
Graduates may qualify for entry-level surgical tech job employment opportunities in hospital delivery or operating rooms, clinics, surgical centers, and physician or dentist offices that include outpatient surgery.
Upon successful completion of the entire course of study, students may be eligible to take the national surgical tech certification exam, by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Graduates who pass this exam earn the distinction of being able to work as a certified surgical technologist (CST). To sit for the certification exam, the student must be a graduate of either a Commission of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) or the Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) approved program. Program version may vary by campus.
Surgical Technologist Diploma Credential
Upon graduation, you'll receive a diploma in Surgical Technologist.
Programs and schedules vary by campus. Please refer to the school catalog available at the campus in your area for specific program information.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm (visited April 10, 2013). Publish Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012. Your own hard work, professional attitude and demeanor, experience, and local market factors may impact personal employment opportunities.
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Important Consumer Information and Disclosures
- For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the
Marietta Program Disclosures.
Completion rates for this program*:
- The 2015 annual Accreditation Review Council on education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) report reflects a 40 percent pass rate as an Outcome Based Assessment for Everest Institute - Marietta's Surgical Technology Program, for students attending from 08/01/2014-07/31/2015, and taking the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) administered Certified Surgical Technologist Exam.
* For information regarding assumptions made in establishing these completion rates, click here.
The completion rate data presented here is calculated using the following assumptions:
- The Enrollment Cohort includes all students who started in a program for the first time during the enrollment cohort (financial aid award year, “FA AY”). Re-entries are not considered a “start” in the enrollment cohort (FA AY) if they attended the program in a previous enrollment cohort (FA AY), regardless of how long it has been since their prior attendance.
- The enrollment cohort excludes any students that died, if applicable. The enrollment cohort does not exclude permanently disabled students who were unable to continue on at least a half-time basis.
- Students are considered completers if they became a graduate in the program. Students with any status other than graduate are considered non-completers.
- These calculations use the federal financial aid definition of full-time, and less than full time (number of credits) to determine the cohort the student’s completion information will be calculated in. The number of credits the student is enrolled in on the student’s first day of attendance is used to determine the student’s status. As such, students are considered full-time if they are taking 12 credits or more, and considered less than full time if they are taking less than 12 credits. All modular students are considered full time.
The following calculations are used to display completion information based on the students FT or less than FT status:
- (# of full time students in enrollment cohort (“EC”) who completed within 100% program length) / (# of full-time students in EC)
- (# of full time students in EC who completed within 150% program length) / (# of full-time students in EC)
- (# of less-than-full-time students in EC who completed within 200% program length) / (# of less-than-full-time students in EC)
- (# of less-than-full-time students in EC who completed within 300% program length) / (# of less-than-full-time students in EC)
- These disclosures reflect completion percentages for the enrollment cohort (by financial aid award year, July 1- June 30) that will provide the most recent group of completers for the longer of the two completion percentages. Specifically, we select the most recent enrollment cohort (FA AY) for the full-time students to have had enough time to complete 150% of their program length; and, we select the most recent enrollment cohort (FA AY) for the less than full-time students to have had time to complete 300% of their program length. As such, enrollment cohorts may vary dependent on program length.